Redbridge boss Eaton says it’s a big match as they bid to progress in the FA Vase
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Redbridge manager Ricky Eaton says his players should be raring to go ahead of their third round FA Vase clash this weekend.
The Motormen welcome Chertsey Town to Oakside Stadium on Saturday as they both bid to progress into the fourth round of the competition.
Eaton and his men will be determined to seal the win and bag the £1,125 of prize money – although the losers will still earn £375 as some consolation.
“It’s a big game for the club and a very hard tie against Chertsey Town,” said Eaton. “They were top of their league last time I checked, so they’re going to be a very tricky team to try and beat.
“We’ve just got to be positive minded, it’s a home tie, and see if we can get a result as it would be massive for the club.
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“Any win at this stage of the competition is going to be massive so we’ll have to see how we go.”
Former London Bari boss Eaton says his players have to be up for the challenge as there is plenty of incentive going into the clash.
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“If the players can’t raise their game for this occasion then they shouldn’t really be playing football,” he added.
“We’re in the later stages of the Vase now, the last 32 is a good incentive, so we want to see how far we can go.
“If we can get through Saturday we can continue.”
The Motormen are still carrying a handful of injuries but played a friendly on Tuesday where they suffered a 6-1 defeat to Bostik North side Bowers & Pitsea, as Lewis Manor, Brad Warner, David Knight, Luke Hirst, James Thomas and Ryan Sammons all netted.
“We still have a few out to be fair, but we had a friendly Tuesday night so some of them were going to play 25 to 45 minutes to see how the injuries were,” said Eaton.
“Then we’ll assess them again ahead of the match on Saturday.”
They also had their three-game unbeaten run brought to a halt at the weekend as they lost 3-1 to Sawbridgeworth Town.
A brace from Joey Wright and another goal from Sipho Mtyanda against his old club sealed the points – after Redbridge defender Remi Nelson opened the scoring at Crofters End.
Eaton said: “We should’ve been up in the first half, but they never looked back after going in front and were dominant in the second half. It was a bit of a Jekyll and Hyde performance from us.”