Redbridge boss Eaton eager to get their title charge back on track against Southend

PUBLISHED: 12:00 09 March 2018

Redbridge goalkeeper Lewis Greene (Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Redbridge goalkeeper Lewis Greene (Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Redbridge joint-manager Ricky Eaton wants his squad to find their feet again in their Essex Senior League title race, writes Jacob Ranson.

The Motormen will welcome Southend Manor to Oakside on Saturday (3pm) as they look to bounce back to winning ways after suffering a 2-0 defeat to Basildon United on Tuesday.

Eaton and Joe May’s men currently sit third in the table and are just one point behind the leaders FC Romania.

“We need to find our feet again, we’ve had a long break, the snow hasn’t helped anybody but it has hindered us more than anyone because we didn’t have a couple fixtures before the bad weather came while everyone else was playing,” Eaton said.

“We lost a bit of ground in the title race and we’ve lost all our momentum, but we have to go again on Saturday and see what we can get.”

The Barkingside-based club sealed a 3-0 victory against Manor back in October, thanks to goals from Reside Coxi-Sebastfao, Calvin Poku and Joshua Hutchinson at Southchurch Park.

And Eaton admits he’d love a repeat result, adding: “That would be great to repeat that, I think it was two or three nil last time we played them, but we don’t want a repeat of the leg break though.

“Their poor goalkeeper broke his leg on the day, but we’re looking forward to the Southend game and hopefully we can get back to winning ways and get three points.”

Eaton also revealed they know enough about Adam Peek’s men and will be prepared for the threat they pose ahead of the clash.

“We know a few of their players, they’ve got a couple of good players from previous seasons that we’ve played against and they’ll have a bit about them to be fair, but we’ll see what happens,” he said.

The top four in the Essex Senior League is neck and neck going into the final stretch and Eaton remains confident of his side’s chances – despite the 2-0 defeat on Tuesday.

“You don’t lose confidence from losing to a title rival, at the end of the day they’re up their for a reason, the same as us,” he said.

“The top four is now separated by two points so it’s very competitive and tough up there.”

Redbridge will also travel to face West Essex on Tuesday.

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