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Clapton coach Levitt hoping for a run in the FA Vase

PUBLISHED: 16:00 31 August 2018

Action from the Essex Senior League match between Clapton and Tower Hamlets (pic Tim Edwards)

Action from the Essex Senior League match between Clapton and Tower Hamlets (pic Tim Edwards)

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Recently-appointed Clapton first-team coach Amin Levitt is hoping to have a run in the FA Vase this season, writes Jacob Ranson.

The Tons welcome Essex Senior League rivals Woodford Town to the Old Spotted Dog on Saturday in the first qualifying round of the cup competition.

Levitt is keen to progress into the second qualifying round and bag £550 in prize money with a win on the weekend.

“We’re looking forward to that and it would be nice to have a little run in the Vase,” he said.

“If you get a few results you just don’t know where it could take you and you’re up against different teams in different leagues which is nice.

“Unfortunately we’re up against Woodford Town who are in our division but of course we’re looking forward to it. With the squad we’ve got here it brings more competition and makes the squad very difficult to get into it.”

The former Chelmsford City first-team coach went on to admit how important the prize money is to a club like Clapton.

“It’s massively important, you know the situation here so the further we get the more money you get in so it’s all beneficial,” he added.

“We just need to see where it takes us.”

Levitt also revealed he doesn’t know too much about their opponents after taking the last six seasons away from the sport after 25 years in management.

“I’ve been away from the game for about six years so I don’t know too much about them but we know they’ll be a difficult match as nothing is going to be easy,” he said.

“It will be interesting as we’re getting ourselves slowly together as we haven’t played particularly well, but we’ve got two wins already.

“When we start playing well we will be a very difficult side to beat.”

The former Aveley and Redbridge boss also revealed why he opted for a return to football management.

“I was watching a few games at Frenford and they offered for me to come back,” he said. “I went there and then Jon at Clapton rung me up and I just thought ‘let’s give it a go’.”

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