Redbridge ready for rumble Thamesmead

PUBLISHED: 15:00 08 January 2016

Redbridge joint manager Ricky Eaton (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Redbridge joint manager Ricky Eaton (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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Joint-boss Eaton expecting a physical battle at Oakside Stadium this weekend

Redbridge joint-boss Ricky Eaton has urged his side to keep their discipline when they host Thamesmead Town this weekend.

The Motormen were on the wrong end of a 5-2 scoreline when the sides met at Bayliss Avenue in September.

But the game is largely remembered for the three red cards that were issued, with Redbridge’s Rigers Kabashi and Vinny Murphy sent off.

With that in mind, Eaton is hopeful Redbridge are able to keep their cool at Oakside Stadium this weekend.

“What we learned from playing them earlier in the season is that we need to keep our discipline,” he said.

“We had two red cards in that game, which wasn’t the best, but it has been noted for this weekend.

“We know Thamesmead are a physical side, but we also know that they are very powerful in attack.”

The remaining few months of the season will be crucial for Redbridge as they look to avoid a return to the Essex Senior League.

Redbridge are currently next to bottom and have just 18 matches left in their bid to retain their place.

Crucially, though, they are just two points off Heybridge Swifts, who sit just above the drop zone.

And Eaton believes it is vitally important that the Motormen do not allow other teams near the bottom to pull away from danger.

“From now until the end of the season, we only have one game a week planned, so if there are postponements gaps can grow fast,” he said.

“Of course we want to keep it as tight as we can at the bottom and we don’t want to be cut adrift.”

While Redbridge are battling to remain in the league, Thamesmead have aspirations at the other end as they chase the play-offs.

After a sluggish start, things have picked up in recent weeks for Mead, who are managed by ex-Redbridge boss Terry Spillane.

While Eaton is quick to admit Thamesmead will start as favourties, he believes the Motormen will prove more than a match on Saturday.

“We’re under no illusions about the task we face this weekend, but we’ll have no fear on the pitch,” he said.

“The boys are playing better now and even though we lost our last game at Cheshunt, there were some positives to take.

“We know that we have to try to get out of the situation we find ourselves in and we know the best way to do that is to get a win on Saturday.”

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