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Redbridge look to get new season off to perfect start by beating Saffron Walden

PUBLISHED: 16:00 03 August 2018

Action from the pre-season friendly between Redbridge (red shirts) and Newbury Forest at Oakside Stadium (pic Tim Edwards)

Action from the pre-season friendly between Redbridge (red shirts) and Newbury Forest at Oakside Stadium (pic Tim Edwards)

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Motormen also in action on Monday when they visit Enfield

Redbridge begin the new Essex Senior League season on Saturday when they make the host divisional newcomers Saffron Walden Town.

The Bloods have been transferred into the Essex Senior League ahead of the new term after finishing 11th in the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division last term.

The Motormen, meanwhile, spent a large period of last term leading the way in the Essex Senior League and looked on course for a return to the Bostik North.

However, a stuttering run of form towards the end of the term saw the Oakside Stadium club eventually finish fourth.

With Redbridge looking to win promotion this term, the club have seen plenty of players come and go over the summer.

But joint-manager Ricky Eaton insists that even had they kept the vast majority of last season’s squad on, the aim would still have been the same.

“The aim for us this season is to win promotion, regardless of the high turnover of players we’ve experienced over the summer,” he said.

“The boys are looking good in training and they needed time to blend over pre-season, but I’m confident it will all come together in that first game.”

With so many new faces joining Redbridge over the summer, pre-season will have been more important than usual.

Eaton and fellow joint-manager Joey May have been hard at work bedding their new recruits in, and the early signs are positive.

The Motormen’s only defeat in six friendlies during pre-season came against Bostik North side Canvey Island in a game they lost 4-3.

Redbridge’s final friendly last Saturday saw them record a 4-3 victory over tenants Newbury Forest at Oakside Stadium.

The results in pre-season will have boosted Redbridge ahead of the new term, and Eaton believes it has been a successful time for the club.

“Pre-season has been good for the boys and working with the new players who have come in,” he added.

“The players that have joined us are all of a good quality and they’ve been doing really well, both in training and in matches.”

After hosting Saffron Walden on Saturday, Redbridge are back in action on Monday night as they visit Enfield for their first away game of the new campaign.


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