Essex Senior League: Redbridge manager Ricky Eaton thrilled to end long wait for FA Cup win
PUBLISHED: 14:00 07 August 2017
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Motormen ended six-year wait for triumph in competition with 3-1 win at home to Essex Senior League rivals Stansted on Saturday
Redbridge joint-manager Ricky Eaton was delighted the club ended a six-year wait for a win in the FA Cup with a 3-1 success at home to Essex Senior League rivals Stansted in the extra preliminary round.
Not since a 2-1 first round replay triumph over Oxford City in November 2011 had the Motormen won a tie in the famous old cup.
That long wait finally ended at the weekend with Calvin Poku, Sipho Mtyanda and Brian Moses all on target at the Oakside Stadium.
And Eaton was thrilled the club finally brough an end to their woeful run in the FA Cup.
“It was fantastic to win and having waited six years for an FA Cup win, I’m sure everyone at the club is glad to see the back of that record,” he said.
“We could have maybe done more to stop their goal, but you could say all goals you concede are preventable.
“That was the only blemish for us in what was an otherwise good display against a divisional rival.”
Redbridge’s reward is a trip to Grays Athletic of the Isthmian North in the preliminary round.
Back in the 2003-04 campaign, the two clubs met in the first ever season of what was then the Conference South.
And Eaton knows the meeting between the Motormen and the Blues will conjure
“There’s a bit of history between the two sides and it’s a nice local game too,” he added.
“They will be playing at the new ground (Parkside) they are sharing with Aveley, so it will be a good game for us.”