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FA Cup: Anton sends Clapton through

PUBLISHED: 09:12 06 August 2017 | UPDATED: 09:12 06 August 2017

Clapton are always backed by a passionate following (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Clapton are always backed by a passionate following (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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FC Clacton 0 Clapton 1

Anton Stephenson’s goal ensured a happy day beside the seaside for Clapton as they booked a place in the preliminary round of the FA Cup.

Stephenson struck the only goal at the Rush Green Bowl when the home keeper fumbled the ball to help Tons bank £1,500 in prize money and book a home tie with Norwich United on August 19.

Emmanuel Olajide made a brave save at the feet of the FC Clacton striker when clean through on goal, before Stephenson was forced off with an injury to be replaced by Craig Heskey.

The substitute went close to doubling Clapton’s lead with his first touch, hitting the crossbar, but the visitors had Olajide to thank for two more impressive saves in the second half.

And Tons had a late let-off when the Seasiders hit a post in their desperate search for an equaliser.

Clapton held on to secure their progress and captain Kristian Haighton tweeted: “Privilege to captain such a great team! Good win in the FA cup! Can’t thank the fans enough again.”

Lanre Vigo posted: “Hard work today but happy we are through to the next round, thank you for coming out, safe journey home.”

Clapton: Olajide, Vigo, Bello, Miller, Egbejale, Sardinha, Reed, Stephenson, Cobblah, Duyile, Haighton. Subs: McKenzie, Rene, Morris, Flynn, Heskey.

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