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Clapton continue to aid opposition

PUBLISHED: 15:29 10 November 2010

Clapton skipper Mark Beaumont

Clapton skipper Mark Beaumont

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Clapton boss Wilfred Thomas admits his side must do better

Essex Senior League

Clapton 0

Sawbridgeworth Town 4

SLOPPY goals cost Clapton at the weekend and boss Wilfred Thomas admits it’s an area the Tons need to improve.

The Old Spotted Dog outfit conceded early on in their 4-0 Essex Senior League loss to Sawbridgeworth Town, but there was plenty of positives for Thomas to take.

“At least we are creating chances and giving ourselves opportunities,” he said.

“I would be more concerned if we were getting completely outplayed, we had plenty of chances on Saturday, but again failed to put them away and it cost us.

“Warren (Mfula) had two one-on-ones which he should have scored and we could have taken the lead.

“But when you gift the opposition three goals it gives you an almost impossible challenge.

“The first goal was a good strike from their striker but apart from that they all could have been avoided.”

George Wippett gave the Robins the lead, before a brace from Tom Querry and an Andy Smurthwaite strike sealed the emphatic win.

The task doesn’t get any easier for Thomas and the Clapton side, with a trip to second-placed Enfield 1893 at the weekend in the league.

The E’s go into the match on the back of a 3-0 win over London APSA, with the lethal strike partnership of Sherwin Stanley and Neil Hughes.

The pair have netted nine goals apiece in the league and Thomas believes his side need to keep them quiet.

“We stand a chance if we can quickly forget about the Sawbridgeworth match and get back to playing the way we were before,” he said.

“As long as we play to the best of our ability then we could get something from the game.

“They have been scoring goals all season and it makes our job even more difficult come Saturday.

“We just have to keep on plugging away as we are not far away from getting the league win.”

Clapton have a chance of progressing to the last four of the Gordon Brasted Trophy, with a quarter-final clash against Burnham Ramblers to look forward to on Tuesday.

Thomas is in confident mood, but admits any win for his side will be a bonus.

“The game will give the players an added incentive of a semi-final spot, so hopefully it’ll raise their game just that little bit more,” said Thomas.

“There is no doubt a win would boost the confidence amongst the lads, but it is more important to pick them up in the league.”

The Ramblers, managed by Keith Wilson, currently occupy seventh spot in the league and have Mike Redmond in top form, with eight goals, closely followed by team-mate Billy Hunt on six, after a 5-1 win against Mauritius Sports at the weekend.

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