Redbridge boss Eaton keen to beat title rivals Takeley
PUBLISHED: 12:00 23 March 2018
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Redbridge joint-manager Ricky Eaton is keen to take another step forward in their bid to seal the Essex Senior League title when they face rivals Takeley this weekend.
The Motormen are set to welcome Marc Das’ men to Oakside on Saturday (3pm) as they look to push on and get a step closer to their aim of promotion to the Bostik North.
The last time the two sides met Takeley nicked a 2-0 victory against Eaton’s men at Station Road.
“Takeley beat us earlier in the season, they’re no pushovers themselves, they’re 18 points behind us but have six games in hand,” Eaton said.
“I personally would rather take the points on the board as anyone would but they’re a very good team and are in the hunt.”
Eaton is hoping their opponent’s busy fixture list this week will play into their hands as they played Basildon United on Tuesday and are set to face Clapton this evening (Thursday) in the semi-final of the Gordon Brasted Memorial Trophy ahead of the weekend’s clash.
“They’ve got a game Tuesday, Thursday and then play us Saturday this week, so it’s a big ask for them and if they get all those games on I’m sure they’ll be a bit tired,” said Eaton.
“Unless they overlook one of the games, which would be silly as they’re in a quarter-final and a semi-final.
“I think in the semi-final they’ve got to go all guns blazing and try get to the final and get some silverware at the club again after doing the double last season.”
Eaton praised Takeley’s squad and admits they know what to expect, but they will go watch them this week to do some more homework.
“I think they’ve got a very good squad, their team is set up very well and they all know their roles,” he said.
“They’re a hard team to break down and that’s why they’re doing so well in the league. Their goal difference is tremendous as well.
“We can watch them on Thursday to have a look at them to prepare ourselves and see what we’re up against.”
The Motormen were due to travel to strugglers Wadham Lodge last night (Wednesday) after re-arranging the match due to a postponement last week.
“Every game is going to hard for us from now on so we’ve got to take one game at a time and keep picking up wins,” he said.
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