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Redbridge’s joint-manager Ricky wants Motormen to keep marching on at the top

PUBLISHED: 15:00 07 December 2017

Redbridge's Vinny Murphy is set to miss out due to a groin injury (Pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Redbridge's Vinny Murphy is set to miss out due to a groin injury (Pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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Redbridge joint-manager Ricky Eaton wants to keep extending their lead at the top of the Essex Senior League table.

The Motormen host former local rivals Woodford Town at Oakside on Friday evening (7.45pm) and will be hoping to make it eight wins on the bounce.

Eaton’s men have four games left until Christmas and want to keep pushing themselves above their title rivals as they look to bounce back after a 2-1 cup defeat to Waltham Forest more than a week ago.

“We have been putting pressure on everyone by winning and playing games ahead of everyone, meaning they have to chase us down,” said Eaton.

“Hopefully we can get three points on Friday to push ahead of the rest again and on Saturday we can rest while everyone else around us plays against each other.”

The boss admits he knows what threat their opponents pose and pin-pointed Dion Lewis-Kirwan as their danger man.

“We’ve played them twice already this season so we know what they’re about, we know they’ll play hard,” added Eaton.

“I’m pretty sure they won’t want to lose for a third time against us, so they’ll be coming to put in a big shift against us.

“We do know a lot about them, but things do change a lot at this level. We know their strengths and when we’ve played them a couple of their players impressed.

“We know their danger men and know we need to keep the ball on the ground to keep our good form going. He (Lewis-Kirwan) got two goals against us, missed a penalty, but was impressive and he’ll be one we have to keep a close eye on.”

Redbridge are expected to revert to their regular first-team players after rotating the squad in their last match, but Vinny Murphy is set to miss out, while Joe Gent is nearing a return.

“Calvin Poku has been coming back gradually from an injury, but we think he will be fine for the match,” said Eaton.

“Vinny will probably miss the game with a groin injury. Joe Gent will be back in training after three months out.”

Eaton believes the 10-day break was needed to recharge his squad’s batteries.

“Obviously it came at an odd time as we lost our last game, but we did need the break and it should mean everyone comes back fully recharged and ready to go,” he said.

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