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Clapton bloom in Vase; Tower Hamlets go out

PUBLISHED: 09:05 07 September 2015 | UPDATED: 09:05 07 September 2015

Clapton's fans show their support (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Clapton's fans show their support (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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FA Vase: Codicote 1 Clapton 4

Clapton booked a home date with Ipswich Wanderers after an impressive FA Vase win at Spartan South Midlands League outfit Codicote.

The home side took an early lead at London Colney, but Tons fought back with three unanswered goals to take control at the break.

Another goal in the second half ensured an Old Spotted Dog meeting with Thurlow Nunn League side Wanderers, who ran out emphatic 7-0 winners over London Bari, having knocked Ryman North outfit Barkingside out of the FA Cup a week earlier.

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Tower Hamlets 1 Whitton United 3 (at Whitton United)

Tower Hamlets made the trip to Ipswich, despite being drawn at home, as the Mile End Stadium was being used by co-tenants Sporting Bengal United.

But, having enjoyed a fine 5-1 win on their FA Cup travels at Wivenhoe last month, before losing by the same margin to Cockfosters in a replay in the next round, they bowed out of the FA Vase at the first hurdle.

Lewis Berry put Whitton ahead with only four minutes played and James Burnett doubled their advantage on 25 minutes.

Ade Abayomi’s young side gave themselves hope midway through the second half as Randell Williams halved the deficit.

But their joy was shortlived as Franco Mallardo netted Whitton’s third goal of the tie just six minutes later to ensure their progress.

Tower Hamlets return to Essex Senior League action on Monday night when they welcome newcomers Wadham Lodge to Mile End.

Meanwhile, Sporting Bengal were held to a 1-1 draw by Burnham in their FA Vase tie and face a replay at Leslie Field on Tuesday.

Tower Hamlets: Bazell, Oyelami, Springer, Yaslem, Ndao, Traore, Sadibou, Tandor, White, Ibrahim, Williams. Subs: Sumithran, McLean, Ikenwe, Lukondo, Biscoe


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