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Clapton pay penalty; London Bari hit back

PUBLISHED: 09:11 19 March 2017 | UPDATED: 09:11 19 March 2017

Clapton Football Club play at the Old Spotted Dog Ground in Forest Gate (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Clapton Football Club play at the Old Spotted Dog Ground in Forest Gate (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Clapton 1 West Essex 1

Clapton saw their fading Essex Senior League title hopes hit after a tale of two penalties at the Old Spotted Dog.

Tons took the lead in front of a crowd of 356 as Stefan Nielsen fired home from the spot on 35 minutes, but West Essex were back on terms before the break as Loe Lefley also converted a penalty.

And despite late pressure from the home side in the second half, they could not force a winner and had to settle for a share of the spoils which leaves them in third place, 10 points behind leaders Barking and having played one game more.

Tons have a game in hand on second-placed FC Romania, whom they trail by a single point, and travel to Sawbridgeworth next weekend.

Lanre Vigo tweeted: “Disappointing result today, wish we got the winn. Thank you for coming out today @ClaptonUltras @claptonfcnews.”

Clapton: Olajide, Vigo, Spencer, Payne, Ebengo, Sardinha, Jairette, Cook, Reed, Ashman, Nielsen. Subs used: Egbejale, Morris, Nugoya. Unused: Mokwa, Bouho.

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Hullbridge 1 London Bari 1

London Bari hit back for a hard-earned point against Hullbridge at Lower Road.

Play was held up for 17 minutes in the first half after the referee suffered an injury and, although Bari had chances to take the lead, the scoreline remained blank at the break.

The hosts got their noses in front 15 minutes from time, when substitute Ryan Wallington slotted calmly home just three minutes after joining the action.

But Bari bounced back on 86 minutes when Hassan Nalbant netted from a free-kick and only a good block from Aaron Hunwicks and goalline clearance from Rob Hodgson denied the visitors a late winner as honours finished even.

The point leaves Bari in 17th place with just two fixtures remaining, but they now face a 21-day break until visiting east London rivals Tower Hamlets on April 8, before ending their campaign at Barkingside on Good Friday (April 14).

Bari: Akbas, O’Hara, Abdellaziz, Nicholson, Mpalampa, Shagari, Adesina, Morson, Nalbant, Appiah, Grassi. Subs: Williams, Figueroa, Wilcox, Decker, Cookey.

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