Search

Assistant boss Bartlett says Tons must be prepared for a tough test against Motormen

PUBLISHED: 12:00 07 September 2018

Action from the FA Vase tie between Clapton and Woodford Town at the Old Spotted Dog (pic TIm Edwards)

Action from the FA Vase tie between Clapton and Woodford Town at the Old Spotted Dog (pic TIm Edwards)

Archant

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.

Action from the FA Vase tie between Clapton and Woodford Town at the Old Spotted Dog (pic TIm Edwards)Action from the FA Vase tie between Clapton and Woodford Town at the Old Spotted Dog (pic TIm Edwards)

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.”

Action from the FA Vase tie between Clapton and Woodford Town at the Old Spotted Dog (pic TIm Edwards)Action from the FA Vase tie between Clapton and Woodford Town at the Old Spotted Dog (pic TIm Edwards)

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.

Latest Hackney Stories

Yesterday, 15:00

A new book called Orient in the 70s has been released and will be available to Leyton Orient fans in the Supporters Club ahead of the match against Bromley this weekend.

Yesterday, 09:34

Detectives investigating the murder of Elyon Poku at an 18th birthday party in Stamford Hill have made two further arrests, ahead of his funeral today.

Yesterday, 08:00

London All-Stars and London Titans are gearing up for an epic weekend of wheelchair basketball, as the Lord’s Taverners Junior Leagues returns for the 2018/19 season.

Yesterday, 06:00

Leyton Orient will play Bromley in the National League this weekend wearing their special commemorative kit

Thu, 19:00

Arsenal midfielder Lucas Torreira says the intense rivalry between Uruguay and Brazil will make their encounter at the Emirates Stadium a competitive and full-blooded affair.

Thu, 18:00

Gallagher, the proud title partner of Premiership Rugby, has launched a nationwide competition for community rugby clubs to win a training session coached by their local Gallagher Premiership Rugby club.

Thu, 16:15

A young man is in seriously injured after being stabbed multiple times in Homerton this morning.

Thu, 15:00

London Lions face a hectic weekend with a league fixture and a cup quarter-final clash against Worcester Wolves.

PROMOTED CONTENT

Former teacher Steve shares his experiences as a foster carer for teenagers, from dealing with some of their more challenging behaviour, to the rewards of seeing a child develop into a happy and healthy adult

If you are an unpaid carer in Hackney over the age of 25, who would like to get back into work, then Working for Carers can provide the practical assistance and support you need.



Newsletter Sign Up

Hackney Gazette twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read sport

Show Job Lists