Essex Senior League: Redbridge manager Ricky Eaton proud of his side in Basildon United defeat

PUBLISHED: 11:00 07 March 2018

Liam Thomas of Redbridge clears from Billy Roast of Hornchurch (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Liam Thomas of Redbridge clears from Billy Roast of Hornchurch (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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Redbridge joint-manager Ricky Eaton is proud of his side’s effort despite falling to a 1-0 defeat against title rivals Basildon United.

The Motormen suffered a blow in their title charge as they missed out on the chance of regaining the top spot after the Bees netted a goal in each half from the Bees proved too much and sealed them the three points at Oakside.

Eaton and Joe May’s men went down to 10 men after 25 minutes and faced an uphill battle from then on.

“When you go down to 10 men it’s always difficult especially when you’re playing a fellow title contender,” he said.

“Basildon are a good side and we knew we was in for a hard game before it started, so going down to 10 men, especially so early as I think it was inside 25 minutes made it a challenge.

“Credit to them they wanted, they battled really hard, I thought we were the better quality team and created the better chances but the chances they got they took, so well done to them and we’ll go to their place in a couple weeks time.”

Remi Nelson was dismissed in the 25th minute and Eaton believes they’ll have to watch it back before deciding whether to appeal the decision.

“Originally I didn’t think it was a sending at all but we’ve got video evidence and we’ll have a look at that and have to appeal it, It won’t help us now, but I felt the official wasn’t the best of officials but I don’t want to say too much about them.

“It weren’t great from the three of them to be honest.”

Despite going down to 10-men, The Motormen created a bundle of chances, and Eaton was pleased with his men’s efforts.

“We had to because otherwise we would have got rolled over, the boys dug in deep and I’m proud of what they tried to achieve, they didn’t quit and created chances and on another day we could have had two or three goals ourselves.”

Defender Liam Thomas made his 100th appearance for the club in the defeat and the boss praised the centre-back.

“Liam has been a good servant for the club, he was here a few years back when we were in the Bostik, he done well for us.

“He’s come back and he’s doing well for us this season again – hopefully it continues.”

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