Big wins for Clapton, London Bari

Clapton's fans show their support at the Old Spotted Dog (pic: Tim Edwards)

Clapton's fans show their support at the Old Spotted Dog (pic: Tim Edwards) - Credit: Archant

Essex Senior League rivals celebrate success

Clapton celebrated their 138th birthday in style as they moved up to fourth in the Essex Senior League table following a five-star display against Eton Manor at the Old Spotted Dog ground.

Held to a 1-1 draw by Wadham Lodge in midweek, they raced into a three-goal lead thanks to a brace from Allicion Blake, who netted either side of a Nathan Cook strike inside the first half-hour of play.

Manor replied, but substitute William Mowbray restored the three-goal cushion with five minutes remaining.

And although the visitors beat Pape Diagne for a second time, the Tons had the final word as substitute Fahad Nyanja completed the nap hand in the last minute of normal time.

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Clapton: Diagne, Haighton, Hewitt, Jaffa, Joseph, Lyndon, Morris, Ocran, Taylor-Reid, Cook, Blake. Subs: Ashman, Mowbray, Nyanja.

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Burnham Ramblers 0 London Bari 3

London Bari made it there matches unbeaten with a comfortable win at Leslie Field.

Having started the season with three successive defeats, but then beaten Clapton by a single goal and looked set for another 1-0 win against Stansted, before the Airportmen snatched an injury-time equaliser, Bari condemned Ramblers to a sixth successive defeat.

Alex Kartsabas, Senou Kone and Benjamin netted the goals for the visitors, who made the long trip back to east London with the points as they moved up to ninth in the table.

Bari will hope for more success when they welcome Haringey & Waltham to the Old Spotted Dog on Tuesday.

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