Essex Senior League: Redbridge’s Ricky Eaton eyes Enfield win and cup upset against AFC Wimbledon
PUBLISHED: 13:00 16 February 2017
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Oakside club have two big games coming up this weekend with League One outfit making trip to east London
Redbridge joint-manager Ricky Eaton insists his players will not be underestimating Enfield in the Essex Senior League this weekend.
The Motormen produced an excellent display on Saturday to dump third-placed Southend Manor out of the Gordon Brasted Memorial Trophy and book a trip to Barking.
Eaton and fellow boss Dave Ross now take their squad to Barrow Farm Stadium to face an Enfield side which hasn’t won in the division since December 3.
But the Redbridge boss said: “We don’t take any team in this league lightly, but we know on our day we are a match for anybody.
“For us it is about trying to get more consistency between now and the end of the season. We will go to Enfield and try to put them on the back foot to see if we can get another good result and move up the table.”
Redbridge could be forgiven for having an eye on another match coming up over the next seven days as League One outfit AFC Wimbledon make the trip across the capital for a London Senior Cup second-round tie on Tuesday.
Everybody associated with the Oakside club is looking forward to the tie and positive about an upset after Motormen won 2-0 at Southend United in the Essex Senior Cup last season and hope to shock another Football League side next Tuesday.
First and foremost, however, the Redbridge managers want their young players to enjoy the occasion.
“It is really nice to get these sort of games. Last season we went to Southend in the Essex Senior Cup and won,” said Eaton.
“Now we have Wimbledon coming to Oakside, so I don’t mind having this type of match every season!
“We want the players to really enjoy the game and just go and do themselves and the club proud, and I’m sure they will.”
The match has been in the pipeline for a while, but only recently has the date of the fixture been confirmed.
While Redbridge are unlikely to win the London Senior Cup, Eaton believes they can go all the way in the Gordon Brasted Memorial Trophy.
Motormen would have been underdogs to beat Manor last Saturday and were one goal down at half time.
But Bryan Kyungu, Joe Gent and top goalscorer Jacob Dingli responded after the break to send the visitors into the quarter-finals.
A tricky clash with league leaders Barking awaits, but first up is the big tie with the Dons on Tuesday and Eaton added: “The players have been talking about the Wimbledon game for a while, but we did say to them focus on the other competitions first.
“We had Sawbridgeworth Town in the League Challenge Cup and Southend Manor in the other and both have been on good runs.
“I think they are first and second in the form guide, so we knew it would be tough, but we have managed to get through in the Gordon Brasted.
“We can look ahead to Wimbledon now and if the players give 100 per cent who knows what will happen.”