Clapton assistant Seal looking forward to derby against Tower Hamlets

PUBLISHED: 17:00 27 October 2017

Clapton players celebrate a goal (Pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Clapton players celebrate a goal (Pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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Clapton assistant manager Wayne Seal is looking forward to coming up against former colleague AJ Ashanike as they face Tower Hamlets this weekend.

The Tons host east London rivals Hamlets at the Old Spotted Dog on Saturday (3pm kick-off) and Seal believes it’s got everything to be a great match.

“I know their joint-manager AJ quite well,” he said.

“I know him on a personal level so that adds a bit of spice to the match for both of us.”

Seal’s men moved up into seventh place in the win with last week’s 3-1 win against Sporting Bengal but still sit one spot behind their opponents in the Essex Senior League table.

“They’re going on a bit of a run this season and are in really good form right now so there confidence is going to be sky high.

“It’s a derby so it will be a good to get the bragging rivals over them, but it’s not just about that it’s mainly about getting the three points.

The former Witham Town and Ilford first-team coach admits he is expecting a real game of football and also revealed how important the league points are for the Forest Gate-based club.

“I’m looking forward to getting back to league action and getting some points on the board as well,” Seal said.

“It’s going to be a good old fashioned ding dong battle as both teams like to play football.

“It’s got all the ingredients of an exciting game.

“The league campaign is really important to Jon, the club and I as we want to have a real go at it.

“Last year the club had a really good season and we want to do that again.”

Seal and Ashanike worked alongside each other at Ilford last season and Seal admits he is looking forward to coming up against him and seeing how he has improved the Mile End-based club.

“It will be nice to see AJ again as we worked together at Ilford last season,” he said.

“I know they have Wale who I worked with at Ilford and he’s a good player.

“I’m sure AJ has brought some good new faces into the club as well.

“Tower Hamlets are a big community club so I know they look to integrate players in from the youth set up as well.”

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