Redbridge boss Eaton looking forward to break
PUBLISHED: 10:00 24 August 2018
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Redbridge joint-boss Ricky Eaton is looking forward to a break from action and observing some of his side's upcoming opponents in the coming weeks, writes Jacob Ranson.
The Motormen will be without a game for three weeks after crashing out of the FA Cup in the extra preliminary round earlier this month with a 3-1 defeat to Long Melford and getting a bye into the next round of the FA Vase this season.
But the boss is keen to use the time off to their advantage by watching fellow Essex Senior League teams and giving his players some time to rest.
“We’ve got quite a big gap before our next game now and that gives us some time to rest up as we have quite a few knocks and some of the players have got holidays,” said Eaton.
“It’s come at the right time to be honest because of that but we will be watching our upcoming opponents and seeing what they’re like this season in that time.”
Eaton also admitted he finds it frustrating that his side have automatically gone through the first round of qualifying in the Vase.
“It’s a bit frustrating as it leaves us with no games for a very long time and I’d rather have been playing,” he said.
“We did get knocked out of the FA Cup – that’s another reason we’re not playing and that’s our own fault as, no offence, but we should beat that team nine times out of ten.”
Redbridge do head into the break on the back of their first victory of the season after they cruised to a 3-1 victory at Tower Hamlets last weekend.
A Calvin Poku brace helped Eaton’s side to a much-needed win and it was an own goal which gave the visitors their other goal before Amon Walton-Owen replied with an 89th-minute consolation for the hosts at the Mile End Stadium.
“I was very pleased to get the first win of the season and the result keeps us up with the rest of pack that have started well,” said Eaton.
“It was disappointing to concede late on and not keep the clean sheet though as it’s so important to keep clean sheets and we were only a minute away from that.”