FA Vase: Redbridge joint-boss Ricky Eaton knows progress against Colney Heath will help him in his other role of chairman

PUBLISHED: 16:00 23 September 2016

Redbridge joint-manager Ricky Eaton (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Redbridge joint-manager Ricky Eaton (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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Motormen joint-manager aware prize money can ease financial pressure

Redbridge joint-manager Ricky Eaton, who is also the club’s chairman and treasurer, knows a long run in the FA Vase would bring in some much-needed income for the Motormen, writes Ned Keating.

The Oakside Stadium club face Colney Heath of the Spartan South Midlands Football League in the second qualifying round of the competition this weekend, with the winners set to pocket £800 in prize money.

And in his many roles at the club, both in the boardroom and elsewhere, Eaton knows how important such funds can be to keep the club going.

“The financial burden on teams at this level is massive, so any run in any cup competition is important. It’s only small, but if you go far it all adds up,” said the joint-boss.

“It is fantastic if we can get through to the next round, but Colney Heath will be a very tough side who are doing well in their league.”

As a result of their relegation from the Ryman League last year, Redbridge have dropped into the Vase having previously competed in the FA Trophy.

However, Eaton believes being in the Vase will prove far more beneficial to the Motormen as they have a greater chance of progressing further than in the Trophy, where they could have come up against sides from the National League.

“There’s a greater chance of progress and a greater chance to make money in the Vase,” he added.

“In the Trophy, when you come up against the National League sides, you need a certain bit of luck, but in the Vase it’s a more level playing field.”

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