Essex Senior League: Clapton need to step it up against FC Romania, admits Andre Thomas

PUBLISHED: 12:00 22 September 2017

Clapton manager Jon Fowell (left) and assistant Andre Thomas look on (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Clapton manager Jon Fowell (left) and assistant Andre Thomas look on (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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Popular assistant boss warns squad they must find another level when they host Hertfordshire-based club on Saturday

Clapton assistant manager Andre Thomas is confident his team will step up and embrace the challenge of facing the notoriously strong FC Romania in the Essex Senior League this weekend.

The Tons will entertain their Hertfordshire-based rivals knowing the visitors will be full of confidence after an excellent start to the season.

FC Romania have already defeated Waltham Forest, Long Melford and Hadley in the FA Cup before narrowly losing to Hayes & Yeading this week following a replay.

Clapton’s start has been indifferent with a 1-0 victory over Burnham Ramblers on Saturday cancelled out with a 4-3 defeat at home to West Essex on Tuesday night.

Thomas said: “FC Romania will be a difficult one. I think it will basically be how we are to some other teams where sides in this division give us respect, so we’ll have to be a bit more switched on.

“If I am completely honest, I was more worried ahead of the game with Burnham than this one coming up. We know FC Romania’s quality, so we know everyone needs to be switched on from the start.

“The league table can sometimes give you a false pretence and lie basically as Burnham didn’t play like a team that is near the bottom.

“If you look at the results of certain sides then you can think it will be a certain way and that is sometimes wrong.

“With FC Romania, we know they are quality, so we have to bring our A-game or it won’t be enough.

“Last Saturday we had to dig deep because we knew it was a different type of match and thankfully we prevailed and got the right result.

“FC Romania will be difficult, but I believe the players will step up for it because they know what they need to do.”

Clapton will be without Nathan Cook for the match and the foreseeable future after he suffered a suspected fractured collarbone during the 1-0 win over Burnham.

Ikem Odeh replaced the Tons playmaker and scored the only goal of the game in the 41st minute.

But West Essex proved too strong on Tuesday night despite a brace of penalties from Steven Sardinha and Jeffrey Cobblah also finding the net during the 4-3 defeat

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