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Redbridge and Eaton frustrated with weather

PUBLISHED: 17:00 23 February 2016

Redbridge bosses Dave Ross and Ricky Eaton look on (pic: George Phillipou/TGSPHOTO)

Redbridge bosses Dave Ross and Ricky Eaton look on (pic: George Phillipou/TGSPHOTO)

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After losing 6-1 to local rivals Romford on Saturday, the Motormen were hoping to play cup tie

Ade Cole of Romford challenges Redbridge's Paulius Ditkevicius at Oakside (pic: George Phillipou/TGSPHOTO)Ade Cole of Romford challenges Redbridge's Paulius Ditkevicius at Oakside (pic: George Phillipou/TGSPHOTO)

Redbridge joint-manager Ricky Eaton was frustrated the Oakside pitch couldn’t be deemed playable for their Essex Senior Cup clash scheduled with Tilbury tonight.

The two Ryman North clubs were set to do battle this evening for a spot in the last-eight of the competition.

But the bad weather ensured, despite the best efforts of Eaton and Ross, the semi-final tie couldn’t be played.

A 2pm pitch inspection was called but unsurprisingly it failed and the game will now take place next Tuesday (March 1).

Eaton said: “We are frustrated, but obviously we had a big downpour of rain at the weekend so it was always in doubt.

“Dave and I were putting in as much work as we could to get it on, but there was nothing we could do in the end.”

The Motormen were beaten 6-1 by local rivals Romford on Saturday to damage their hopes of beating the drop.

Charlie Portway continued his good form with a goal, but it was a mere consolation for the hosts at Oakside and they would have liked the opportunity to bounce back against the Dockers.

“Playing Tilbury would have been a good chance for us to forget about the result at the weekend,” admitted Eaton.

“But even when we have done well in the cups we haven’t been able to take that form into the league unfortunately.”

Redbridge shipped five goals after the break against Boro and sit bottom of the standings ahead of facing league leaders AFC Sudbury on Saturday.

Whilst they have picked up a couple of encouraging results since the turn of the year, they have conceded far too many times.

Motormen have let in 37 goals in the 11 games they have played in all competitions in 2016.

Eaton added: “We have been scoring a lot more and that was a big problem for us earlier in the campaign.

“Defensively we have been shocking, though, and letting in at least four goals a game for a little while now.

“It is not a quick fix either because we have signed lads, but they are not doing what Dave and I are asking of them.”


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