Essex Senior League: Ricky Eaton targets quick start from Redbridge at struggling Burnham Ramblers
PUBLISHED: 10:00 04 November 2016
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Dave Ross and Eaton’s team visit Leslie Field before travelling to high-flying Waltham Forest on Wednesday
Redbridge joint-manager Ricky Eaton believes getting an early goal against Burnham Ramblers in the Essex Senior League on Saturday could prove helpful if they are to get another victory.
The Motormen defeated the division’s strugglers 4-0 on August 30 at Oakside, but it was goalless until half time.
Burnham have lost 13 of their 17 games in the league, but Eaton knows it won’t be easy at Leslie Field this weekend.
“They are competitive now and even if they are losing games, it is normally only by the odd goal,” he said.
“When we played Burnham before, we won 4-0, but at half time it was still goalless and I was thinking they are a good outfit because they were popping the ball about.
“I was wondering how they’d been losing so heavily, although once we got the first goal their heads dropped and it would be nice if we can get an early one on Saturday.”
After the trip to Burnham, the Motormen are on the road again on Wednesday (November 9) at high-flying Waltham Forest.
The last meeting between the clubs finished with Redbridge winning 3-1 in the Essex Senior Cup at Walthamstow.
But Forest did triumph 5-1 in the FA Cup at Oakside on August 6 and Eaton added: “They are a really good side at this level and I was impressed when we played them first time around.
“We got a 5-1 thumping and when we got them again in another cup we managed to win 3-1 at their place and now we go there again.
“I’m sure they’ll remember that and it is going to be a really good contest. Hopefully we get the three points at Burnham because that comes first and then we can think more about Wednesday’s match.”
Redbridge lost 5-2 at Stansted on Saturday despite goals by Lee Weemes and Jo Nightingill – the latter seeing red late on.
Motormen bounced back on Tuesday night at home to Southend Manor with Jacob Dingli hitting a brace in their 2-1 Oakside victory.
Completing a season double over Burnham this weekend is the next target, although it won’t be easy.
Eaton added: “It would be fantastic to go to there and get all three points and make it two wins out of two for this month.
“We can’t take them lightly because they only lost 1-0 at London Bari on Tuesday and Bari beat Barkingside earlier this season so it shows how competitive the league is.”
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