Redbridge boss Eaton heaps praise on Clapton manager Fowell ahead of tough clash
PUBLISHED: 17:00 02 March 2018
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Redbridge joint-boss Ricky Eaton praised Clapton and their manager Jonny Fowell ahead of their clash this weekend.
The Motormen are set to make the short trip to The Old Spotted Dog on Saturday (3pm) as they look to get their title charge back underway after minimal action in 2018.
Eaton’s men will be hoping the snowy conditions hold off and they can get the game underway after only playing five fixtures in the opening two months of the year.
“Jonny has a very good side down there, they’ve been a bit inconsistent this season, but they can beat anyone on their day and have proved that all season long,” Eaton said.
“It’s going to be a real tough one, especially at Clapton if it goes ahead of course, as it’s bumpy and with the bad weather that will make it worse.
“The game will be in doubt but hopefully we can play.”
The boss also revealed his friendship with fellow manager Fowell will be set aside for 90 minutes but he admires the work he’s done with the Tons.
“Jon and I get on pretty well. He did a fantastic job there last season and is continuing to do so, but he lost a lot of players at the beginning of the season and in the summer which has made it hard for him,” he added.
“Full credit to Jon, he has a good side and we’re under no illusions of how tough the game will be, but the friendship does get put aside for 90 minutes while we play the match. But at the end of the day Jon is one of the nice guys in the division.”
Eaton admits his third-placed side will have to be wary of the threat Clapton pose on the day if they want to come away with the three points.
“I think for this game we have to be focused on what they can do,” Eaton said.
“They played us earlier in the season and although we won 2-1 they worked us so hard and it was one of our toughest games.
“They’ve got Ryan Reed down there and I think they’ve still got Jay Knight on the books. They’re two players who should be playing in the league above.
“If we can get the three points we’ll be over the moon.”
Eaton also revealed the long lay-off and postponements may hinder them if they continue.
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