Redbridge manager Ricky Eaton pleased with derby victory

PUBLISHED: 08:30 18 September 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 Rick Eaton is pleased with his side’s 2-1 derby victory against rivals Barkingside.

Two second-half goals from Shaun Harris and Calvin Poku proved to be enough despite an equaliser from Michael Ogboin at Cricklefield Stadium on Friday evening.

Redbridge moved up to eighth-place in the Essex Senior League and Eaton believes the Motormen have found their form after picking up their four straight win.

“We’re really pleased now, we’ve started to put a run together, the players are working hard and believing in what we’re trying to do over here so it’s really nice to get the win in difficult conditions.

“It was a positive performance, I thought we dominated more clearly than what they did, I think we created some good chances.

“I do feel they were dangerous on the counter attack, other than that I thought we deserved the win and really pleased we got the win in the end.”

Shaun Harris put his side 1-0 up as he scrambled the ball home from close range after an Incoming corner found Brian Moses whose header was denied by Hunt before finding its way to the midfielder early in the second-half.

Barkingside got back on level terms when striker Ogboin slotted home from close range after a mishit shot by substitute Tony Cookey made its way across the goal and picked him out.

Redbridge’s top-scorer Calvin Poku, who has just come back from injury, converted a chance at the back post to seal a 2-1 victory after a bad clearance fell to his feet in the 83rd minute and Eaton had nothing but praise for the striker.

“Poku come off the bench in the last game against Brantham Athletic and scored two so he’s on-form.

“He’s scored seven goals for us now including that one, so it’s really important he’s come back and hit the ground running.

“Jacob (Dingli) has a hamstring injury so it was an easy solution for us to put Calvin the top goal scorer at the club straight into the line-up with Brian Moses.”

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