Manager Fowell believes it’s a huge month for his Clapton side as they face title rivals
PUBLISHED: 17:00 09 November 2017
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Clapton manager Jonny Fowell believes Friday night is the start of a huge month for his side as they face Barkingside.
The Tons travel to face east London rivals Barkingside at Cricklefield Stadium (7.45pm) as they look to make it eight straight wins in the Essex Senior League.
“We’ve basically got five cup finals coming up. We’ve got Barkingside, then we’ve got Redbridge, FC Romania, Basildon and Ilford, so it’s a massive month for us,” said Fowell.
“I have set a target of 11 to 12 points in that month. We’re taking it one game at a time though.”
The manager is expecting a tough match and believes former Clapton manager Michael Walther will want to get one over his old club.
“They got beat heavily on Saturday so I’m expecting them to come out all guns blazing against us,” he said. “Mike is a good friend and is a good manger and I’m sure he’ll be eager to get them back on track.
“It will be a difficult game and they’ll want to bounce back and Mike will also want to beat his old club, which is only normal to want that.”
The former Enfield Town under-21s coach believes there should be a good crowd and he is hoping the fans will put their boycott to one side to help his side push for promotion.
“Friday nights normally bring in a good crowd, so hopefully it will be a big crowd and hopefully we can get rid of this stand-off between the fans and Vince (McBean), move forward together and work for promotion.”
Dylan Ebengo will return from suspension for the match and Tayo Adoweru is expected to return from injury.
Fowell was named Essex Senior League manager of the month for October but admits the credit must go to his players.
“I’m absolutely delighted, I felt I should have got a few last season!” he joked
“Credit has got to go to the players. We set out what we want and they go out and do it.
“I have also got to give praise to my coaching staff, Colin Reid has been excellent since he came in, Wayne (Seal) has been great as well and I’ve also got to give praise to Andre Thomas who started the month with us.”
Clapton will also travel to Redbridge on Tuesday and Fowell added: “That one is going to be a tough game. Ricky (Eaton) has got a good little team down there.”