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Clapton boss Fowell heaps praise on Barkingside manager Walther

PUBLISHED: 13:00 25 September 2018

Clapton manager Jon Fowell (Pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Clapton manager Jon Fowell (Pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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Clapton boss Jonny Fowell had plenty of praise for Barkingside manager Michael Walther despite sealing a 3-0 victory against his side on Friday evening.

A brace from Ryan Reed and another goal from Jay Morris sealed the three points for the Tons at Cricklefield Stadium.

Morris headed home at the back post early in the first-half to give the visitors the lead after an incoming corner was not dealt with by the defence and fell to the midfielder in the box.

Barkingside held firm and had a few chances of their own as they searched for an equaliser but they failed to find the net.

Jonny Fowell’s side came out fast in the second-half and in no time found themselves 2-0 up as goalkeeper Nathan Headley came out and collided with a Clapton player from an incoming corner.

The ball then fell to Reed who fired it into the back of the net.

Reed then added a second shortly after as he capitalised on some sloppy defending and vollyed the ball past Headley to stretch their lead to 3-0.

“It’s a difficult place to go especially with the state of the pitch and Mike’s teams always set-up so well against us,” Fowell said.

“I wouldn’t say it was comfortable as they had plenty of chances but at the same time I never felt in too much doubt.”

The former Enfield Town under-21s coach heaped praise on Jay Morris and Ryan Reed for their displays.

“We were missing Jacob Kromann, our striker who had to go back to Denmark, so we then put Jay Morris up front and it worked quite well.

“Ryan set one up and scored two while Jeff set one of the goals up as well.

“Ryan is now back to playing his best football after five weeks out and struggling to get fit.

“It was good for him to get back amongst the goals and have a good game.”

He also feels Walther, himself and Redbridge manager deserve a chance at the next level due to their successes in the Essex Senior League with no budget.

“For me he is the best manager in the league, he is the Paul Martin of the Essex Senior League.

“The three managers I believe should be managing up at the next level are myself, Ricky Eaton and Michael Walther.

“If you look at what we’ve achieved at the clubs we’re at, we’ve done extremely well, whereas most of the teams at the top have budgets.”

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