FA Vase: Ricky Eaton admits Redbridge face tough tie at home to Brantham Athletic
PUBLISHED: 11:00 08 September 2017
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Motormen being long road to Wembley against Blue Imps on Saturday
Redbridge begin their FA Vase assault on Saturday when they host Brantham Athletic of the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division.
The Motormen begin the road to Wembley in earnest and will hope to go further than last season, when they reached the second qualifying round.
To do that, the Oakside Stadium club must first progress past the Blue Imps in the first qualifying round.
Redbridge joint-boss Ricky Eaton knows it will be a tough task, though, with limited knowledge about their opponents.
However, the Motormen manager knows his team have as good a chance as anyone else in the draw to make it all the way to the final at Wembley in May.
“The aim is to go as far as possible, but we can only take it one game at a time,” said Eaton.
“In this competition, you’re often playing teams from another league so you don’t get a chance to see them and you have to set up with a tough match in mind.
“I do know some of the Brantham players and know they are in good form and it’s a tough draw for us. We could have had an easier tie, for sure.”
Redbridge will be boosted by Jacob Dingli’s return to goalscoring form heading into the weekend after last season’s top scorer broke his duck for the campaign last weekend.
Dingli netted the equaliser for the Motormen, before Brian Moses went on to score the winner in a 2-1 win at Woodford Town.
And with Dingli back among the goals, Eaton knows how much of a lift that will be for the Oakside Stadium club.
“Jacob has had a hamstring problem so far this season, so he hasn’t really had a chance,” he added.
“Now that he has his first goal of the season, I’m sure he will go from strength to strength.”
The win over Town saw Redbridge win consecutive league games for the first time this term, which Eaton believes is a sign his team are coming.
“After beating FC Romania, it was good to back that up and build on that win with the victory at the weekend and we’re starting so show good form,” he said.
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