Clapton assistant Wayne Seal delighted with first league victory of 2018
PUBLISHED: 09:00 23 January 2018 | UPDATED: 09:15 23 January 2018
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Clapton assistant manager Wayne Seal is delighted to pick up first Essex Senior League victory of 2018 with a 3-0 win against Burnham Ramblers.
Goals from Khadean Campbell, Steven Sardinha and Greg Akpele helped the Tons bag three points at Leslie Field Stadium.
“I’m definitely pleased as a week prior against Stansted the boys didn’t make a good account of themselves,” Seal said.
“They’re not a bad side and I thought it would be a tricky game as we had to go all the way to Burnham and a lot of the boys come from north London so it’s a long trip.
“The pitch was ok but we knew we wouldn’t be able to play much football so the message for the boys was to be a quick direct attacking football.
“We had a few changes in personnel and the boys took on the message really well.
“The only down side was we created so many changes that we didn’t convert, I mean Khads has three chances, Greg Akpele should have had a hat-trick and Jeffrey Cobblah had a two good chances as well.
“No disrespect to Burnham but when we come up against the better teams we can’t waste those chances otherwise they’ll punish us.”
The Tons were boosted for the match with dual-registered Ryan Reed, who plays for Barking, and Kai Bichard from Romford both coming into the line-up.
“Ryan we have a good relationship with and not only Ryan but Barking manager Justin Gardner as well,” he said.
“Ryan was available to us and if anything we’d be crazy for not taking advantage of that.
“I played him off the striker even though he’s a winger as it was something I wanted to try.
“He said to me after he really enjoyed that position and if we do have him back for a run of games it’s something I’d be keen to keep trying.”
Seal also praised Bichard and winger Khadean Campbell who joined the club back in December.
“Kai is dual registered with Romford and he is someone with plenty of experience of playing at higher levels.
“He is a great character to have in the changing room and that’s the same with Greg Akpele.
“They’re both good assets especially in terms of helping the younger players.”
Before adding: “Absolutely since Khads move from Ilford to us, he’s been great.
“He finally got his first goal for us and we have been talking about being more direct in recent weeks and he’s done exactly that.
“I’m really chuffed for him and he was probably our best player on Saturday.”