Redbridge manager Eaton wants a repeat of their last match against Ilford

PUBLISHED: 12:00 20 October 2017

Redbridge joint-boss Ricky Eaton (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Redbridge joint-boss Ricky Eaton (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

©TGS Photo +44 1376 553468

Redbridge boss Ricky Eaton wants a repeat of the last time they met their rivals Ilford this weekend.

The Motormen host Allan Fenn’s men at Oakside on Saturday (3pm kick-off) in the Errington Cup and will be hoping to bounce back after having their winning run shattered in mid-week.

The last time the two sides met Eaton’s men cruised their way to a triumph 5-1 victory in the Essex Senior League last month.

“That would be nice, but a lot has changed since that game,” Eaton said.

“They’ve turned a corner since that and maybe that defeat helped them as they made changes and have been on a little run since.

“They’ve got some good wins under their belts and have beaten teams like Takeley who were flying.”

Eaton admits he’ll be watching Ilford’s progress closely as he sees them as a promotion rival.

“I’ll be watching their progress in the next few weeks as if they keep going the way they are then they’ll be right up and be in the hunt.”

The boss is confident and looking forward to the cup, but believes Fenn will have a game plan to try getting his side back.

“I’m looking forward to the game on Saturday.

“We’re not going to worry about Ilford and their players as we know them all very well and we know they’re a strong team, but that doesn’t phase us.

“As I’ve said before if you catch Ilford on a day where they’re not at their best you have a strong chance of winning, but if you catch them on form then it will be a tricky match.

“I’m sure Fenny will have something up his sleeve to get us back for what happened at the Oakside last time round.”

Redbridge will be hoping to have Calvin Poku, Joshua Hutchinson and Thomas Gogo back available for the selection for the clash.

“It would be nice to have a few more options and a few players back as the last few matches we’ve been a sub or two short, but that happens at this level and you have to expect it.”

The Motormen go into the match on the back of a 4-3 defeat to Burnham Ramblers.

If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the Ilford Recorder. Click the link in the orange box above for details.

Become a supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Latest from the Ilford Recorder