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Redbridge boss Eaton determined to make the most of re-arranged FA Vase tie

PUBLISHED: 14:00 07 December 2018

Redbridge manager Ricky Eaton during Redbridge vs Saffron Walden Town, Essex Senior League Football at Oakside Stadium on 4th August 2018

Redbridge manager Ricky Eaton during Redbridge vs Saffron Walden Town, Essex Senior League Football at Oakside Stadium on 4th August 2018

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Redbridge manager Ricky Eaton was frustrated to have their FA Vase clash postponed last weekend but is determined to make the most of it being rescheduled.

The Motormen will welcome Chertsey Town to Oakside Stadium for the second time on Saturday as they both bid to progress into the fourth round.

Eaton and his men will be determined to seal the win and bag the £1,125 of prize money – although the losers will still earn £375 as some consolation.

And they will be hoping the rain stays away this weekend after having the tie postponed last Saturday due to a waterlogged pitch.

“It’s a big game for the club, obviously we want to play as many league games as we can, but this takes precedent,” said Eaton.

“We would have liked to play the FA Vase game on Tuesday and continued with our match against Barkingside on Friday.

“But we’ve had another week to prepare for the game and we’ve had them watched a few times so we know what kind of players they’ve got and what kind of shape they’re going to play.

“We’ve got to put in the groundwork as they’re the favourites for this one.”

Former London Bari boss Eaton is hoping a few of his injured players could now return for the clash, although he admitted it was frustrating to see the original tie postponed.

“We’ve got a couple of knocks who weren’t going to be in the squad that now may be in the squad so that will be a small bonus for us,” he added.

“It was definitely a bit frustrating, we had nearly a full strength squad and we were very comfortable with our squad selection.

“We knew it would be tough conditions and the extra rain put us over the edge a little bit. We had quite a lot of downpours during the week so it was just a continuous water flow going on the pitch.

“It’s a shame really, but it was very boggy in areas and there were puddles in others.

“From a footballing point of view, frustrating we couldn’t get the game on, but I think it was the sensible choice.

“We might have been able to force it, but come kick-off it would’ve been unplayable so we would have wasted everyone’s time.”

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