Clapton will look to get one over rivals Barkingside

Clapton manager Jon Fowell (Pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Clapton manager Jon Fowell (Pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo) - Credit: George Phillipou/TGS Photo

Clapton will look to make it back-to-back wins in the Essex Senior League when they face Barkingside this weekend.

The Tons will make the short trip to Cricklefield Stadium on Friday evening for a night under the lights against Michael Walther’s out-of-form side.

And they will look to build on their 3-2 victory against Woodford Town on Monday evening and continue climbing up the table.

The Tons moved up to fourth in the Essex Senior League after managing to pick up three points despite going down to nine men at the Harlow Arena.

Town also had a man sent off, but both sides pressed hard and still managed to find the net.

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The home goals came from Jack Grovesnor and Malaki Toussaint, while Ryan Reed scored a long range free-kick to provide the visitors with one of their three goals in the match.

Manager Jonny Fowell tweeted after the match: “Three away games and one home game in 10 days says a lot about this bunch of boys and three games back, no sendings off, not that I’ve deserved them to be fair.

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“This is a real honest lot who are doing so well, hope we can keep it up.”

Clapton did however crash out of the FA Vase at the weekend thanks to a 2-0 defeat to Thurlow Nunn Division One South outfit Newbury Forest.

Forest travelled to the Old Spotted Dog as underdogs but managed to cause an upset and bag themselves £750 in prize money as well as progress into the first round of the cup competition.

Some sloppy defending from the Tons left visiting striker Jason Reynolds-Blanche open in the box and he made no mistake by sending the ball into the back of the net.

Forst took a 1-0 lead into the half-time break but Clapton came out firing for the second half.

The hosts dominated the early part of the second half, but against the run of play they found themselves 2-0 down as Forest were awarded a penalty which was comfortably dispatched by Reynolds-Blanche for his second of the afternoon.

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