Motormen keen to get back title charge back on track after suffering heavy defeat
PUBLISHED: 11:00 09 February 2018
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Redbridge will be looking to get their title charge back on track as they take on fellow challengers Basildon United this weekend.
The Motormen welcome the Bees to Oakside on Saturday (3pm) as they look to bounce back from a heavy 7-2 defeat to Great Wakering Rovers on Tuesday.
Ricky Eaton’s men had won 21 of their previous 22 league games before being thrashed in midweek, but the joint-manager believes it’s not time to panic, as they still lead the Essex Senior League by six points.
“It’s no panic, we’ve lost one game, we’ve just got to get back to work and go again,” he said.
“We just have to pick ourselves up and dust ourselves down.
“The games are coming thick and fast and we’ve got some tough fixtures coming up.
“We fell at the first hurdle to Great Wakering, but now we have Basildon to worry about.”
The Bees moved to recruit striker Jordan Cox from National League South outfit Concord Rangers and the Essex Senior League’s top goal scorer James Peagram from Ilford in January.
But despite their signings and big moves they will also be hoping to get back to winning ways after suffering a 3-1 defeat to Sawbridgeworth Town last weekend.
“I’m not worried about Basildon and what they’re doing,” Eaton added.
“They can bring whoever they like but it didn’t help them on Saturday.
“Whatever they do, good luck to them, but we just have to focus on ourselves and fix things.”
Eaton did praise the Basildon squad but believes it’s up to his players and they must improve from Tuesday night’s display.
“James Peagram is a good player and on his day he can cause any team in the league big problems,” he said.
“He is not the only player they have that can cause problems, though, and will do if we defend how we did Tuesday.”
Redbridge are expected to make changes to their line-up and Eaton was planning to watch the game back to see what changes will be made.
“We have got the game on film so we’re going to go through it and see which players were at fault for certain things, pull them aside for a word, and then after we’ve done that we’ll decide what changes to make,” he said.
One player who may miss out is Vinny Murphy who picked up a knock against Great Wakering.
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