Redbridge confident change in attitude will help in another challenge for title

PUBLISHED: 15:00 08 August 2018

Action from the pre-season friendly between Redbridge (red shirts) and Newbury Forest at Oakside Stadium (pic Tim Edwards)

Action from the pre-season friendly between Redbridge (red shirts) and Newbury Forest at Oakside Stadium (pic Tim Edwards)


In an article from our ‘Kick-Off’ pullout, Motormen joint-boss Ricky Eaton previews the upcoming season

Redbridge will hope they can launch another assault on the Essex Senior League title this season — and this time be successful.

The Motormen looked on course to be crowned champions last term and secure a return to the Bostik North, leading the table for a lengthy amount of the campaign.

However, the Oakside Stadium club’s season fell apart at the wrong time as they saw results drop off over the final part of the season.

That cost Redbridge their shot at the title, with the team ending the term six points adrift of champions Great Wakering Rovers in fourth place and the Motormen will hope to avoid a similar fate this term, having added plenty of new faces to their team over the summer.

Joint-manager Ricky Eaton openly admits the attitude of last season’s side at a crucial stage in the season may have ultimately cost the club promotion.

“Our attitude may have been a little lax at times last season, which may have cost us some points,” admitted Eaton. “We were top for so long and maybe that allowed complacency to creep into the side, leading to our poor end to the season.

“At the same time, the other teams all going for the title didn’t seem to be dropping points which increased the pressure on us.

“We were disappointed, but everything happens for a reason and winning promotion last season wasn’t meant to be.”

Like all clubs in non-league football, Redbridge will be hoping for a good run in a cup competition to generate extra revenue.

Any extra income would delight Eaton, who is the Motormen’s chairman as well as being their joint-manager alongside Joey May.

But he is also hopeful that a good cup run will demonstrate that the Oakside Stadium outfit are a club on the up.

“For us as a club, we want to go as far as we can in every aspect possible this season,” he added.

“We want to progress as a football club and it’s full steam ahead on that front.”

The new season will be the second at the helm for May alongside the more experienced Eaton, who believes the pair dovetail well.

“Now that I’ve worked with Joey for the past year, I feel we know each other even better than before, which helps,” he said.

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