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Assistant Andre wants Clapton in another final

PUBLISHED: 15:00 15 March 2016

Clapton assistant manager Andre Thomas (left) watches on (pic: Shelly Williams/Clapton FC).

Clapton assistant manager Andre Thomas (left) watches on (pic: Shelly Williams/Clapton FC).

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Tons number two full of praise for fans and hoping they can beat Wadham Lodge this evening

Andre Thomas is desperate for Clapton to book their place in the final of the Gordon Brasted Memorial Trophy tonight.

The Tons welcome Essex Senior League rivals Wadham Lodge to the Old Spotted Dog for a last four clash.

Michael Walther’s men were set to face Bowers & Pitsea in the quarter-finals, but the Essex-based club pulled out of the competition.

And that set up a big battle against Lodge this evening with Clapton looking to reach the final for the second year in a row.

They also made the Essex Senior League Challenge Cup final last season, but Thomas only joined the club for the current campaign, which makes him more determined than most to help Tons run out winners tonight.

He said: “We’ve got a big cup match against Wadham Lodge at the Old Spotted Dog under the lights.

“It should be a good one, we’ll take confidence from our recent form this year against London teams but we won’t take it for granted.

“There is a chance for us to go to another cup final in successive years. That in itself would be an achievement.

“I’m sure the fans, players and coaching staff would love a big cup final day out, especially as it would be my first with Clapton!

“However were not taking Wadham lightly and we’re not looking past the semi-final – we are just focusing on them.”

Tons come into the contest off the back of a hard fought success over Southend Manor on Saturday.

Nathan Cook scored the only goal of the game to delight the Clapton supporters at the Old Spotted Dog.

An incredible 477 witnessed the clash and the win sees Walther’s side remain eighth in the division.

Thomas added: “We were very happy with the victory. We had a difficult midweek fixture against Bowers and we needed to pick our heads up and we did that collectively.

“It was never going to be easy against a rejuvenated Southend Manor team that had kept four clean sheets from their five games prior to playing us, and it was a close match that was decided with a bit of magic.

“The crowd, like they have been all season, were amazing! Close to 500 fans showed up to cheer the boys on.

“Their incredible support deserved an incredible bit of play and I think, they’ll agree the Nathan Cook goal and the Paipe Diagne’s save, was well worth it”


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