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Boss Fowell believes Clapton hopefuls must go on big run to stay in league title race

PUBLISHED: 14:00 15 December 2017

Jon Fowell shows his frustration on the sidelines (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Jon Fowell shows his frustration on the sidelines (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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Clapton boss Jonny Fowell wants his side to get on a winning run to keep their chances of the Essex Senior League title alive.

The Tons are set to entertain high-flying Takeley at the Old Spotted Dog on Saturday (3pm) as they look to get back to winning ways after being held to a 3-3 draw at Southend Manor.

Fowell’s men currently sit sixth in the table and are 11 points adrift of leaders Redbridge.

“If we don’t win Saturday, I can’t see us winning the league or even finishing second, although there is everything to play for,” said Fowell.

“If we can win 10 on the trot, that’s 30 points and you’re right back in the hunt, so we can’t afford to lose.”

The manager admits November’s up-and-down form has cost his side dearly, but he says they must get back to work.

“The downside for us was not having a goalkeeper for so long in a vital part of the season,” added Fowell.

“There is no need to be crying over spilt milk, though, and we must now get to work and correct things.”

Fowell also feels Takeley are under-achieving, despite sitting third in the table, adding: “I have been looking at their results from recent games and they’ve been a bit up and down.

“I think they’ve had the same team pretty much throughout the season, which helps them, but with Takeley and the squad they’ve got they should be top of the league. I don’t think they’re doing as well as they should be.”

The Tons could be boosted by a few welcome returns in the upcoming weeks as Nathan Cook and Jerry Jairette are back in training this week.

Fowell has also strengthened his coaching staff by promoting under-16s manager Joe Black to the first-team set-up, while also calling up under-18s prospect Max Zemrick into the first-team squad, after praising the youngster’s attitude.

“He has a great attitude and he will get his chance along the way,” said Fowell, who also had plenty of praise for attacker Jeffrey Cobblah after he netted his 16th goal of the season in their 3-3 draw with Manor on Saturday.

He said: “Jeff is getting better every game, if you’d seen him against Metropolitan Police last week, he was absolutely unreal.

“He is an attacker and his mindset is to attack, of course, but he’s also learning to be better defensively as well.”

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