Redbridge’s Eaton is looking forward to local derby with new-look Ilford in the league

PUBLISHED: 09:00 14 September 2018

Glody Nasmu of Redbridge (left) will come up against his former club Ilford this weekend (Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Glody Nasmu of Redbridge (left) will come up against his former club Ilford this weekend (Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Redbridge joint-manager Ricky Eaton says his side are looking forward to coming up against new-look local rivals Ilford.

The Motormen welcome the Foxes to the Oakside Stadium on Saturday as they look to maintain bragging rights over their neighbours from last season.

And Eaton admitted it had been frustrating to be without a midweek fixture after having to wait almost three weeks for a game before drawing 1-1 with Clapton last weekend.

“We’re looking forward to the Ilford game, it’s just a shame that we’ve got another week off, as we’ve just had nearly three weeks off and we’re only in the middle of September,” he said.

“To have no midweek game again is very disappointing.”

Eaton did reveal they know very little about the Foxes since the arrival of new manager Martin Haywood as they have recruited a whole new squad.

“We don’t know loads about their players, but we’ve been looking at their results and they look like they’re putting up a bit more of a fight than what they started off with,” he added.

“It looks like they’re going to be a very hard team to play against so we’ll just have to see how it goes.”

Eaton also says the match against the Foxes is always an exciting one for the fans who attend games at the Oakside throughout the season.

“The local fans that do come over, I know there’s not many of them, but they look forward to these kind of fixtures – Redbridge v Ilford, Redbridge v Barkingside, as they’re the closest local derbies,” he said.

“It does bring a bit more excitement to the older fans who have been coming over a long time, so we’re looking forward to it.”

The Motormen have had multiple fixture changes during the last few weeks and had their clash against Barkingside, which was meant to be on Tuesday, postponed due to a cup tie.

They also were supposed to play Ilford in the cup, but that was also postponed and Eaton feels the fixture list has been messed up.

“The Barkingside game was postponed and then we were supposed to play Ilford as well but that was postponed,” he said.

“The league were not notified about the cup games that should have been played or scheduled to be played, so it’s been a bit of a mess up.”

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