FA Vase: Redbridge joint-manager Ricky Eaton relieved after seeing squad edge nine-goal thriller with Eton Manor
PUBLISHED: 15:00 12 September 2016
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Motormen joint-boss says his heart rate has only just returned to normal after last-minute winener
Redbridge joint-manager Ricky Eaton admits it would have been difficult to pick the team up had they lost their FA Vase first qualifying round tie to Eton Manor on Saturday.
The Motormen prevailed against their Essex Senior League rivals at Oakside Stadium, edging a nine-goal thriller 5-4 with a last-minute goal from Reside Coxi-Sebastfao sending the hosts through.
It was an exciting match for those in attendance, though Eaton jokingly admits he would have liked the win in calmer conditions.
“For the neutral, it was a great game, but for the managers it was very difficult!” said Eaton.
“The heart rate has just about got back to normal, but that’s because we won!”
“It would have been a hard result to take had we lost after playing two hours of football.”
The nature of the late winner for Redbridge will no doubt boost the club’s confidence as they bid to continue to climb the Essex Senior League with a win against Ilford on Tuesday.
And Eaton believes the Motormen have the ability to build on their cup success against the Foxes.
“The team are buzzing now and cannot wait to play Ilford on Tuesday,” he added.
“It was a real end-to-end match with lots of chances for both sides.
“From the second half onwards, it was a good showing from us against an Eton Manor side who played well.”
Coxi-Sebastfao was part of the Redbridge squad who last season were relegated from the Ryman North, but has agreed to stay with the club in the Essex Senior League.
Saturday was his first appearance of the campaign and Eaton was pleased he was able to make his impact felt with the late winner.
“Reside has work commitments, so it was his first game for us this season, but it was a big effort from him.”
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