Clapton claim spoils; Barking bag points
PUBLISHED: 20:00 02 April 2016
Essex Senior League: Clapton 2 Tower Hamlets 0
Clapton claimed the local bragging rights thanks to goals late in each half at the Old Spotted Dog.
Hamlets arrived on the back of a 7-1 thrashing at Bowers, while Clapton had gone down 3-1 at Barking in their latest outing, after a 6-1 win over Sporting Bengal at Mile End Stadium.
And the Tons had announced the return of former fans favourite Ryan Kanjor, who captained the club to two cup finals last season, on Friday, as well as the signings of Jermaine Findlator, Danny Kiely and Samuel Ogoloma.
The home side had the better of the first half, in front of another impressive crowd of 497, but found Hamlets keeper Andrei Stinca in fine form for the visitors.
They could not hold out until the break, though, as Tony Cookey gave Tons the lead on the stroke of half time.
And it was a similar story in the second half as Hamlets defended doggedly until Clapton doubled their lead late on with a free kick from substitute James Briggs.
Victory maintains Clapton’s hopes of a top-five finish this season and both sides are back in action on Monday night as Tons visit Greenhouse, while Hamlets play host to London Bari at Mile End Stadium.
Clapton: Diagne, Barry, Jairette, Oshin, Bogdan, Ocran, Cookey, Morris, Stanley, Cook, Moore. Subs: Mfula, Haighton, Briggs, Mendez, Zinga.
Tower Hamlets: Stinca, Sumithran, Cedras, Lazoio, Abayomi, Martinez, Ali, Garcia, Tandor, Teberen, Akinlabi. Subs: Olanipedur, Traore, Amieye, El-Amera, Miller.
Wadham Lodge 2 Barking 4
Barking got the better of Lodge to maintain their hopes of a top-three finish.
Blues made the trip to Walthamstow on the back of a 2-2 draw with London Bari in midweek.
And they returned with all three points this time after Joe Bricknell bagged a brace, with Joe Pearman and Lamar Reynolds also on target.
Blues have just three matches remaining this season and host bottom club Newham at Mayesbrook Park next weekend, with Stansted the visitors on April 16.
Their campaign ends with a trip to Basildon on Thursday, April 28.
Barking: Green, Tarbard, Foster, S Willis, Rix, Pearman, Joe Bricknell, B Reynolds, Peagram, John Bricknell, L Reynolds.
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