Clapton are keeping grounded says boss

PUBLISHED: 14:00 23 September 2015

Clapton manager Michael Walther (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO).

Clapton manager Michael Walther (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO).

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Even though the Old Spotted Dog outfit are just three points behind league leaders Bowers, they are keeping calm

Clapton may be second in the Essex Senior League table, but manager Michael Walther isn’t getting carried away with their start.

The Tons are currently on a five-match unbeaten run, last losing on August 15 in the FA Cup to Stanway Rovers at the Old Spotted Dog.

They were nearly defeated on Saturday, but two goals from Warren Mfula inside the last 15 minutes ensured they drew 3-3 at Sawbridgeworth Town.

It means Clapton are just three points behind leaders Bowers & Pitsea with 13 points from their six matches, but Walther isn’t taking anything for granted as Burnham visit on Saturday and Takeley come to the Dog on Tuesday.

He said: “It would be great to pick up six points over the next two home games. I think once we have played our next four or five matches, then we’ll have a rough idea of where we are going to be fighting for this season.

“I don’t really want to say too much about how we will do because we have been in this situation before. We were second last year at the start of the season, but I knew it would be hard to sustain.

“This year we definitely have a stronger squad so we will see what happens over the next few weeks.”

Walther is going to Waltham Forest against Burnham Ramblers tonight (Wednesday) to scout this weekend’s opposition.

He has been pleased with how strong his side have been in front of goal this year, finding the net 18 times in six league games, adding: “I haven’t seen Burnham yet this season, but I’ve watched most of the other sides in the division.

“We have got quite a lot of power in our side and other clubs appear to have a lot of youngsters, so we are able to blow them away a little bit at the moment.”

Clapton thrashed Southend Manor 5-1 last Tuesday, with Nathan Cook and Thomas Webb hitting braces and Khadean Campbell scoring the other.

The Tons then managed to score three more at Sawbridgeworth on Saturday, but also conceded three.

Mendez Formoso Gomez put the visitors ahead at Crofters End before the home team hit back to lead 3-1 at the break. But Mfula scored twice to earn another point for his side.

“I keep saying to the players whenever you hear people talking about the Essex Senior League on radio shows or other things they always talk about Barking and Bowers,” added Walther.

“They maybe give us a 20-second mention because of our fans, but I have told the players you need to make people talk about the Clapton team as well as the fans.”

Something that has pleased the Tons boss in recent weeks is the strength of the squad available to him at the moment.

Any time he is forced to make changes, it doesn’t affect the way they play and he is thrilled with the amount of players he has.

Walther added: “No matter who we have in the team, there is not much difference in our level of performance. We have 24 players and it doesn’t matter who I pick.

“They are all delivering a similar display at the moment so it is just about keeping them all happy.”

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