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Clapton aiming to get back to winning ways in Old Spotted Dog derby

PUBLISHED: 14:30 11 February 2015

Clapton keeper Pepe Diagne collects the ball during the defeat to Barking at Mayesbrook Park on January 31 (pic: Terry Gilbert)

Clapton keeper Pepe Diagne collects the ball during the defeat to Barking at Mayesbrook Park on January 31 (pic: Terry Gilbert)

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Assistant manager reflects on Stansted defeat, plans for next season and new signing Abiola Tanimowo

Barking on the attacking against Clapton (pic: Terry Gilbert)Barking on the attacking against Clapton (pic: Terry Gilbert)

Clapton may be planning for next season already, but assistant boss Marc Nurse is calling on his team to get bragging rights in their Old Spotted Dog derby this weekend.

Tons host tenants London Bari in the Essex Senior League looking to get back on track after losing their last two fixtures by the odd goal to Barking (1-0) and Stansted (2-1).

They had only been beaten once in six games before that and Nurse will be meeting with manager Michael Walther this week, with the pair keen to get back to picking up three points – starting on Saturday.

“We are having a meeting to discuss the next five games because we can’t and don’t want to keep losing,” said Nurse.

“We will sit down and choose a team against Bari that we feel will win, but also allow us to continue tinkering and planning ahead for next season.

“At the moment our main focus is to win the Essex Senior League next year.”

Nurse will be informing some of the new Clapton players the importance of getting three points against rivals Bari.

Tons also travel to Lower Road to face Hullbridge Sports next Tuesday (February 17).

Nurse added: “There is one or two who aren’t aware of the rivalry with Bari and it is important to get into their heads and motivate them to beat our rivals on Saturday.

“Hullbridge Sports are a decent side as well and we just about beat them 2-1 in the previous game in December. It will be a tough match and they move the ball well. They are a neat and tidy team who play with a lot of energy and we will need to match that.

“I felt we dominated the previous encounter and I expect that to be the case when we play them again next week.”

Tons suffered a league defeat to Stansted last weekend, despite Andy Mott’s goal.

Nurse conceded that they didn’t take many positives from the loss at Hargrave Park.

He did accept, however, that the defeat was partially down to their changes, adding: “We were very disappointed to lose. At the moment we are tinkering with the team and planning for next year.

“People will look and say ‘why are Clapton losing all of a sudden?’ But we are making a few adjustments now to get a better balanced side. In theory that has led to our downfall against Stansted.”

But Nurse did praise recent recruit Abiola Tanimowo.

He added: “Abiola from Southend Manor started and did really well on his debut. I was really proud of him and he was probably the only positive we took from the game.”

London Bari host Eton Manor tonight (Wednesday) ahead of the derby this weekend, whilst Newham don’t play again until February 22 when they host FC Romania at the Old Spotted Dog.


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