Clapton boss Wood eyes further Cup success

PUBLISHED: 10:08 30 August 2013 | UPDATED: 10:08 30 August 2013

Clapton FC manager Chris Wood

Clapton FC manager Chris Wood


Clapton boss Chris Wood hopes their revival in the FA Cup continues as his side go in search of further glory against Mildenhall Town tomorrow at the Old Spotted Dog.

The Tons reached the preliminary round for the first time in eight years after a 1-0 win over Stanway Rovers in last Tuesday’s extra preliminary round replay, which was also Wood’s first win in the competition in 11 attempts.

And with BT Sport following the Tons in the competition until they are knocked out, Wood is hoping his side can add another £1,925 prizemoney to the £1,500 for the previous win.

“Everyone knows we struggle financially and the money would be great for the club,” said Wood.

“There are a lot of things needed to be done around the ground, the floodlights need improving and there are other little bits and bobs which need doing.

“The added exposure of BT is great, it does put more pressure on the players with the TV cameras there, but hopefully we can go a little way into the competition.”

Wood has scouted their weekend opponents, who currently sit in ninth place in the Eastern Counties Premier Division, via the internet and revealed a helping hand from the side which they dumped out of the competition.

“It was nice that Stanway offered to help us out as they play in the same division as Mildenhall,” he added.

“They didn’t have to do that but I’ve been looking on the internet as well to see how they’ve been doing.”

Goalkeeper Pape Diagne has been the star of the completion for the Old Spotted Dog outfit, helping them to a shut out in the goalless first fixture, as well as playing another blinder in their replay.

“The atmosphere in the changing rooms after the match was like we had won the competition!” added a delighted Wood.

“Pape was great in both games, but after we had 
taken the lead it was like the Alamo. They threw everything at us, but the boys were brilliant and Pape was even better in the replay than in the first fixture.”

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