Andre Thomas aware of FA Cup task at hand for Clapton ahead of East End derby with Sporting Bengal United
PUBLISHED: 14:00 18 August 2016
Two Essex Senior League clubs go head-to-head this weekend and their is a mutual respect between east London teams
Clapton assistant manager Andre Thomas expects to be involved in another exciting FA Cup match at Sporting Bengal United on Saturday.
The two Essex Senior League clubs do battle at Mile End Stadium in a preliminary round derby aiming to pocket £1,925 in prize money.
After an encouraging start to the new campaign, Tons are confident of reaching the first qualifying round of the famous tournament.
If they do beat Bengal, they will travel to Kings Langley, but first is a tie against their local rivals and they are anticipating a tough test. Thomas said: “Clapton and Sporting games always have a great atmosphere.
“Imrul Gazi seems to have a good squad assembled this season and it showed when they travelled to Ipswich Wanderers last week and recorded a 2-0 victory (in a replay).
“They will be up for it and will believe they can progress, however, we’ll match their ambition, fight and determination.
“Hopefully we can try to take our recent form into Saturday’s game, but it will be a very good FA Cup encounter.”
Clapton have enjoyed a fine start to the new campaign – earning three wins out of three going into their league clash with local rivals London Bari on Tuesday.
Unfortunately they were beaten 1-0, but prior to that Fahad Nyanja had shone and played a part in their first three victories.
He found the net in Tons first opening-day success at home to Tower Hamlets, before scoring in a 3-1 triumph over Bari in the extra preliminary round of the FA Cup on August 6.
The former Basildon United ace was among the goals again last Tuesday at home to Stansted as Clapton edged a seven-goal thriller with the Essex club, netting a brace.
Roddy Lemba and Will Mowbray were also on target to give the Old Spotted Dog outfit another win and Thomas is delighted with the impact of his side’s new forward.
Nyanja is in his second spell with the club and Clapton’s number two believes all the signings this summer have settled in quickly.
Thomas added: “Fahad has been superb on his return. We’re hoping he can continue to score and this goal-fest can carry on long into the season.
“In addition to him, we have signed a few other players that will help us as the campaign goes on.
“The boys have gelled well as a lot of them were from last season’s squad or players who have played for us before, so they all know the club and what we expect from them.”
Clapton are set to entertain Wadham Lodge next Tuesday and will come up against a familiar face in Neil Day.
Day has stepped up to manage Lodge this year having been assistant last season, but was number two at Tons when Chris Wood was boss at the Old Spotted Dog club.
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