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Joint manager Ricky Eaton hails Redbridge character after coming from behind to beat Ware 3-2
6:00am Friday 4th October 2013 in Sport
Redbridge joint manager Ricky Eaton hailed his team’s character after they came from two goals down to beat Ware 3-2 in the Ryman North Division on Saturday.
The Motormen, who are tenth in the table and three points off second, were arguably the better side in the first half but two late goals from Aaron Caro and Tony Martin put the visitors in command at the break.
The second period was a different story however, as Daniel Charge set the comeback in motion soon after the restart before Abs Thompson and a second goal for Charge deep into injury time sealed a memorable win.
“The boys came in at half-time and were really down but we told them to give it a real go in the second half and they showed great character to turn it round,” said Eaton, who shares managerial duties with Dave Ross.
“The first half was really disappointing from us – we were slow and we switched off before half-time.
“Ware weren’t great in possession but they got behind the ball and made things difficult. They played a lot of long balls and we fell into their trap of doing it back.
“The second half was much better though. It was all or nothing so we changed to a 3-4-3 at half-time and said if it’s a case of losing a goal to get more then let’s do it.”
Eaton believes the turning point was Charge’s early goal in the second half and feels Redbridge were due a last-minute win having been on the wrong end of late goals earlier in the season.
“We scored within the first ten minutes of the second half which was crucial because it raised out confidence,” he said.
“We felt more comfortable on the ball suddenly and Ware’s heads dropped a little bit. It was constant pressure after that.
“The morale will be much better now because we’ve been letting in a lot of late goals and we’ve been saying that it would turn around eventually and it has.”
Redbridge are now four games unbeaten in the league but the Motormen turn their attentions to the FA Trophy on Saturday when they host Chatham Town in the competition’s prelimary round.
Eaton said: “They’ve lost a few games recently but they’ve been playing some good sides and they’ve been getting close to them so it’s going to be a tough game for sure.”
Waltham Abbey are just a point ahead of Redbridge in the table after losing 3-2 away at Erith & Belvedere on Saturday.
It was the second defeat in five days for the Abbotts, who led twice in the match but came away with nothing.
James Peagram opened the scoring after 24 minutes and after the home side equalised, Peagram netted again to put Abbey 2-1 up at half-time.
Just four minutes into the second half the Deres drew level again through Laurence Collins’ stunning free-kick and moments later the turnaround was complete as Mo Conteh scored the decisive goal.
When the Guardian Series went to press, Paul Wickenden’s men were set to take on Waltham Forest tonight (Wednesday) before hosting Walton & Hersham in the FA Trophy on Saturday.
Forest go into the match against Abbey having enjoyed eight days rest. The Stags travel to Folkestone Invicta in the FA Trophy on Saturday.