Clapton assistant manager Seal praises Basildon United ahead of clash

PUBLISHED: 16:00 21 November 2017

Clapton assistant manager Wayne Seal (Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Clapton assistant manager Wayne Seal (Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Clapton assistant manager Wayne Seal had plenty of praise for Essex Senior League high-flyers Basildon United ahead of their clash.

Emmanuel Olajide helped Clapton progress in the London Senior Cup by coming up trumps in the penalty shoot-out (Pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)Emmanuel Olajide helped Clapton progress in the London Senior Cup by coming up trumps in the penalty shoot-out (Pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

The Tons host the second-place at the Old Spotted Dog this evening (7.45pm) as they look to bounce back from two consecutive defeats against the in-form outfit.

The Bees finished mid-table last season but had a change in management in the summer bringing in Marcus Harrison and Liam Wallace and got off to a strong start only losing three of their first 18 matches.

“I know their chairman Lee Connor, he’s a nice guy and he is doing everything in his power to build the club up,” Seal said.

“Credit where credit is due they’ve come into this league and are doing extremely well.

“Marcus and Liam are both switched on and seem to have clear objectives of what they want this season.”

Seal revealed he has been to watch the Bees and will be using that knowledge in their game plan for the encounter.

“I live fairly local to Basildon, as I’m in Southend, so when we didn’t have a fixture the other week I went and watched them.

“I was impressed with them and they’ve got some really good players over there.

“I’ve spoken to Jon about them and we have got a game plan for that game.”

The Tons could be boosted by the return of Emmanuel Olajide for the match after the goalkeeper left the club recently to join Bostik North outfit Barking.

The club has since endured multiple keeper injuries forcing them to play the likes of captain Jerry Jairette and Nick Loblack in between the stick since his departure.

Olajide is dual-registered with his former club and is available due to his parent club not having a fixture nor playing a part in their 1-0 victory against Canvey Island on Saturday.

“From what I understand we have Eman available for us as Barking don’t have a game, but that’s only a short term fix.”

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