Assistant boss Bartlett says Tons must be prepared for a tough test against Motormen
PUBLISHED: 12:00 07 September 2018
Clapton assistant manager Ray Bartlett says his side must not take Redbridge lightly as they mean business in the Essex Senior League, writes Jacob Ranson.
The Tons travel to Oakside Stadium on Saturday to face the Motormen as they look to continue their positive start to the new season.
And Bartlett says they must be prepared for a tough test, after Ricky Eaton’s side impressed with a fourth-place finish in the league last season.
“After the season Redbridge had last year people now know they mean business,” he said.
“They’re not a side to be taken lightly, they’re well organised and good at going forward.”
Redbridge have not played in two weeks but Bartlett insists that will mean nothing once both sides are out on the pitch this weekend.
“I don’t think a week or two break would have affected them in any way,” he added.
“I think they will be hungry to get going again.”
The former Barkingside assistant says his side must be wary of striker Calvin Poku and must shut him down to enjoy success in the match.
“For me their main threat is Calvin Poku. He’s big, strong and technically and mentally a very good player to have in your squad. It will be a tough job keeping him from scoring Saturday.”
Bartlett did also reveal they have a few niggles amongst the squad, but it doesn’t unduly concern him due to the depth they have this season.
“We have a few minor injuries and niggles but nothing for us to worry about,” he added.
“We have strength in depth this year in most positions which is a positive thing for the management team.”
Bartlett also believes his return to the Tons has been smooth so far, having replaced Wayne Seal so early in the season.
“It has been really good to see the players and Jon again. The players have reacted well, sometimes seeing a new face early in a season can cause disturbance in a team but everyone is pumped,” he added.
The Tons were due to play their FA Vase replay against Woodford Town at the Harlow Arena last night (Tuesday) after drawing 1-1 on Saturday thanks to a late equaliser at the Old Spotted Dog.
They will be hoping to have got the result to progress through the competition and bag £550 in prize money.