Redbridge can’t wait to get back on the pitch

PUBLISHED: 09:30 15 November 2013

Redbridge managers Dave Ross (right) and Ricky Eaton (Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Redbridge managers Dave Ross (right) and Ricky Eaton (Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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Two games postponed in four days have left Redbridge’s players itching to get back into action, admitted co-manager Ricky Eaton.

Saturday’s trip to promotion rivals Witham Town and Tuesday’s Essex Senior Cup meeting with Brightlingsea Regent both fell victim to the weather.

But tomorrow’s clash against Dereham Town at Oakside gives them a perfect opportunity to move up the table.

Redbridge have dropped to 10th in the Ryman One North after Dereham and Sudbury picked up points at the weekend.

“It’s very frustrating and we seem to be suffering more than other teams around us,” said Eaton.

“But we expect it at this time of year and thankfully some teams haven’t taken advantage of our postponements.”

Eaton admits he didn’t expect Norfolk outfit Dereham to be one of the team’s challenging for a play-off place but they have put together a run of four wins and a draw from their last five league games.

And the joint boss is hoping the Motormen can extend their own impressive run in the league, which has seen them defeated only once in the last nine Ryman One North games stretching back to September 7.

He said: “I didn’t expect Dereham to be up there, but they’ve put a good run together. But we’re on a great run too and want to keep the run going and get into the mix. It’s a very congested league and there are going to be a lot of teams battling for a play off place.

“We’ve been working the players hard in training and they’re committed and motivated, which is all we can ask of them.”

Redbridge haven’t played since the draw with Thurrock on November 2, which had left Redbridge in the play-off places.

“That’s our ambition for the end of the season – to get into that top five,” said Eaton.

“It’s going to be tough but we’ve got the squad to challenge up there.”

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