Essex Senior League: Ricky Eaton ‘proud’ of Redbridge after success at Southend Manor
PUBLISHED: 17:30 14 February 2017
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The Motormen kept alive hopes of winning a trophy by reaching quarter-finals of the Gordon Brasted Memorial Trophy on Saturday
Ricky Eaton hailed the character of his Redbridge team after producing a fine second half performance to dump Southend Manor out of the Gordon Brasted Memorial Trophy on Saturday.
The Motormen were one goal down at half time of last weekend’s second round clash at Southchurch Park.
But Bryan Kyungu, Joe Gent and Jacob Dingli netted to help Redbridge progress and set up a quarter-final tie away to Essex Senior League leaders Barking.
“Dave (Ross) and I had some strong words for the players at half time because we were lacklustre,” said Eaton.
“We played like it was a pre-season game, so we told them this was our last opportunity to reach a cup final.
“We wanted to see another extra 20 per cent from everybody and a massive second half improvement.
“Full credit to the boys because they took it on board and I can’t praise them enough for their response.”
Redbridge always expected a tough contest against a Seasiders team, who are third in the table.
It proved to be the case, especially in the first 45 with Motormen failing to move up the gears.
But Eaton was delighted come the full time whistle after seeing his young squad step up to the mark.
He added: “It was a fantastic result and Southend Manor are a really good side, so it was a great performance and we showed a lot of character after going behind.
“They deservedly had the lead at half time and it is a cliché, but it really was a game of two halves on Saturday.
“We managed to turn it around and now we will play Barking in the quarter-finals, but we won’t fear them.”
Redbridge have lost the previous two meetings with the league leaders, but both took place earlier in the season.
Barking beat Ross and Eaton’s side 4-0 on the opening day of the campaign (July 30) and 3-1 back on October 25.
With Motormen beating Manor at the weekend and holding second-placed Clapton to a draw last month, they have plenty of confidence now.
Eaton said: “Southend Manor are just behind Barking in the table and we beat them, so we have a chance.
“It is the cup and a one-off match, so we will go to Barking and believe we can get through to the semi-finals.”
A date and kick-off time for the quarter-final tie at Mayesbrook Park is still to be confirmed.
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