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Redbridge boss Eaton looking forward to heavy fixture list

PUBLISHED: 14:00 19 October 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 joint-manager Ricky Eaton is looking forward to a heavy fixture list after a stop-start season so far, writes Jacob Ranson.

The Motormen welcome St Margaretsbury to Oakside Stadium on Saturday as they look to make it back-to-back wins in the Essex Senior League after beating Takeley 3-0 in their last fixture.

Eaton’s side also sealed a comfortable 4-1 win against Southend Manor in the first round of the FA Vase last weekend.

“We just want to keep the games coming thick and fast now,” Eaton said.

“We’ve had a couple gaps in our season already as we got knocked out of the FA Cup and we weren’t in the Vase yet so we just want to keep on playing.

“While you’re getting positives results you just want to continue the good work you’ve been doing.

“If we can get a result on Wednesday (at Sporting Bengal) it will be all guns blazing for St Margaretsbury on Saturday.”

The former London Bari admitted The Bury are an unknown quantity, especially after recently appointing a new manager in Max Mitchell a few weeks ago.

Mitchell moved to bring in former Aveley assistant Tony Faulkner to help him turn the club’s fortunes around in the Essex Senior League.

“They’re a team I don’t know much about to be honest,” added Eaton.

“All we’ve got to do is worry about ourselves. We’ve had five defeats in the league this season, which is crazy thinking about how many we had last season. We lost to first, third, fourth and eighth, so we’ve only lost to the teams up there competing so it’s not the end of the world.

“We’ve also beat teams in the top eight as well, Takeley was our last league win and we beat Stansted in the cup, who are currently top. I know cup competitions are a little bit different but we’ve showed we can compete at the highest level.”

The Motormen will be without Ashley Blackburn and possibly a few more first-team players for the clash.

“Ashley Blackburn is coming back from a dislocated shoulder, so he’s a bit of a loss, and we’ve got one or two others not available,” said Eaton.

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