Clapton climb to sixth

Clapton forward Tony Cookey celebrates after finding the net (pic: Hullbridge Sports).

Clapton forward Tony Cookey celebrates after finding the net (pic: Hullbridge Sports). - Credit: Archant

Essex Senior League: Takeley 2 Clapton 4

Clapton moved up to sixth after a stunning first-half display at Station Road last night.

Kick-off was delayed by half an hour, but Tons wasted little time once play did get underway as Tony Cookey put them in front after only five minutes.

Sherwin Stanley doubled the visitors’ advantage on 10 minutes, with Cookey claiming his second goal of the night before the half-hour mark.

Reece Dobson replied for Takeley, but Tons had the last word of the first half as Stanley netted his second on the stroke of half time to put them 4-1 up.

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Alex Martin grabbed a second for the hosts five minutes after the restart, but there was no further scoring after that.

Clapton climbed above Sawbridgeworth as a result of their latest success, which took them to 63 points, and Michael Walther’s men make the short trip to lowly Waltham Forest tomorrow (Thursday), after seeing Saturday’s original meeting postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

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Tons complete their league programme with a home match against in-form Stansted at the Old Spotted Dog on Saturday, in a dress rehearsal for their Gordon Brasted Memorial Trophy meeting on April 30.

London Bari visit second-placed FC Romania tonight (Wednesday), looking to build on their 4-2 win at Eton Manor on Monday night, while bottom club Newham are due to host Eton Manor at Tilbury’s Chadfields tomorrow evening.

Clapton: Diagne, Barry, Cook, Oshin, Moore, Ocran, Lemba, Waldron, Jairette, Stanley, Cookey. Subs: Briggs, Burkett, Ryan.

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