Essex Senior League: Redbridge manager Ricky Eaton urges squad not to think game is already won at out-of-form Tower Hamlets
PUBLISHED: 16:00 18 November 2016
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Motormen boss aware Hamlets will be a tough prospect despite no win in seven
Redbridge joint-manager Ricky Eaton has warned his squad not to get complacent ahead of visiting Tower Hamlets in the Essex Senior League, even though their hosts are in poor form.
The Motormen make the trip to the Mile End Stadium on Saturday to face a Hamlets side who have not won in seven league games.
It is a run of form that has seen Ade Abayomi’s men slide towards the bottom of the table, but Eaton insists it does not make facing Hamlets any easier.
“An early goal for them could lead to us being under a lot of pressure, so we have to start well against Tower Hamlets,” said Eaton.
“On a good day, they are a side who have the ability to cause others problems with their pace and power, so we know we have to be on our game.”
Having endured a stuttering start to the campaign, Redbridge appear to have found their rhythm, with just two losses in their last nine league matches.
The Motormen will also be chasing a third victory in a row, with 4-2 win at home to London Bari on Saturday following a 2-1 success at Waltham Forest last Wednesday.
And Eaton is keen for the Oakside Stadium club to carry that momentum into this weekend as they bid to get the better of Hamlets.
“We’re doing well and beaten some good teams in recent weeks, which is all really positive,” said Eaton.
“There have been some good displays too in that period, and there have been some frustrations, such as the 2-2 draw at Burnham Ramblers.
“We gave up a two-goal lead in that game, which is always disappointing, but you have to accept that and move on.”
Redbridge will also be keen to maintain their good form in front of goal too at Hamlets, having netted in each of their last 21 games in all competitions.
During the win over Bari, Jacob Dingli netted to move clear at the top of the club’s scoring charts and above Jay Knight, who moved to Welling United of the National League South at the end of October.
But even with Knight gone, Eaton is pleased that the Motormen have still been able to display their lethal touch in front of goal.
“With Jay having earned a good move for himself, it’s great that Jacob has been able to slot in quickly.
“He’ll be kept on his toes, though, as we have a lot of good competition for places as seen against Bari when we had four different scorers.”
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