Redbridge manager Eaton wants to continue winning streak against Southend Manor

PUBLISHED: 14:00 06 October 2017

Ricky Eaton of Redbridge (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Ricky Eaton of Redbridge (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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Redbridge joint-manager Ricky Eaton wants to make it seven straight league wins against Southend Manor this weekend.

The Motormen travel away to the 15th-placed outfit on Saturday and Eaton expects it to be a really tough test at Southchurch Park.

“I’m expecting a much harder game than what the league table suggests,” Eaton said.

“They’ve got some really good players down there and I personally think they’ve been unlucky in a few games and missed out on games due to late goals.

“We just need to focus and make it seven for seven in the league.”

Redbridge comfortably beat Hullbridge Sports 6-1 and Wadham Lodge 3-1 over the last week and Eaton expects this clash to be a tougher test for his men, adding: “I expect it to be a bit tougher than the last two games, that’s no disrespect to Hullbridge or Wadham Lodge.

“I’m actually surprised by where they are in the league as I thought they’d be a lot higher up than that.”

Eaton’s men will come up against a familiar face in Jacob Cleaver, who played for the Motormen in the 2012/13 and 2014/15 seasons, and the manager knows he will be a handful.

“Jacob Cleaver used to be with us at Redbridge and was our top goal scorer,” he said.

“He moves around quite a lot, but he is a goal scorer and always scores wherever he goes. I brought him back to the club a few seasons ago, so I know exactly what he’s about.”

The Motormen are expected to make a few changes ahead of the weekend clash, after making five for their 3-1 victory against Wadham Lodge on Tuesday evening.

“We have been using the same side a lot for the last little while, but we made five changes for the match to give some of the others a chance,” added Eaton.

“Joe (May) and I need to sit down and have a chat about selection.

“We will continue to make a few changes for the next couple of games and give everyone a chance, as all the boys that came in proved they want the shirt and to be honest that’s a nice problem for us to have.”

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