Essex Senior League: Redbridge manager Ricky Eaton eyes shock London Senior Cup win over AFC Wimbledon

PUBLISHED: 16:00 21 February 2017

Redbridge joint-manager Ricky Eaton (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Redbridge joint-manager Ricky Eaton (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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After beating Southend United last season in the Essex Senior Cup, the Motormen are hoping to cause another upset this evening

Redbridge joint-manager Ricky Eaton believes they can knock AFC Wimbledon out of the London Senior Cup tonight at Oakside.

The Motormen host the Dons in an eagerly anticipated second round tie with the winners away to Cray Valley next.

After beating Southend United in the Essex Senior Cup last season, Eaton is dreaming of another upset this evening.

He said: “It is all about what happens in the 90 minutes tonight and it should be a really good occasion for the club.

“Last year the boys did themselves massively proud at Southend and if they can perform like that again I think we could get a positive result.

“It is hard to know exactly what is going to happen in games like this, but I’d expect our lads to be right up for it.

“Obviously it is a one-off match, so we will give everything and look to try and progress to the next round.”

With Wimbledon’s first team in League One action at Gillingham tonight, the Dons squad at Oakside is likely to be inexperienced.

Although some of the Redbridge players would rather the clash take place in south London, the Motormen manager is happy it’s a home tie.

“Tonight is a good opportunity for our players to go up against a professional club,” said Eaton.

“It will probably be a Wimbledon team full mainly of under-21s, but it is still a great occasion for us.

“Clubs at our level don’t normally get this opportunity and we have had it twice now in consecutive seasons.

“Most people would rather it be away, but I’m happy it is at home and it should be a great night.”

Redbridge go into the match off the back of a disappointing 5-3 defeat at Enfield in the Essex Senior League last weekend.

After beating Southend Manor the previous Saturday, Eaton was frustrated to see Motormen’s inconsistent form continue.

He added: “It was a real kick in the teeth. We know any side on their day can be up for it, so full credit to Enfield because they put their tackles in and worked hard.

“But I’m disappointed with our performance. We didn’t get anywhere near the levels we can and our consistent form of being inconsistent happened again.”

With the Wimbledon game coming up, it could be suggested some of the Redbridge players were distracted by the cup match.

Oli Dingli hit a brace for the Motormen and Brian Moses was on target at Enfield, but the hosts claimed a 5-3 victory.

Eaton said: “I’d hope some of the players didn’t have an eye on the Wimbledon game, but as we know that can happen at this level.

“You often find people looking ahead and skipping matches to focus on the next one coming up. I hope that wasn’t the case because it would be very disappointing.”

The defeat to Enfield is in the past now and Redbridge can focus on taking on the Dons and they’ll hope for another cup upset.

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