Tons boss Fowell confident of getting out of trouble as they slip toward drop zone

PUBLISHED: 14:00 14 December 2018

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

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

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Clapton manager Jonny Fowell is still confident of climbing up the Essex Senior League table – despite also insisting they could end up in a relegation battle if they’re not careful.

The Tons will welcome high-flying Hullbridge Sports to the Old Spotted Dog on Saturday as they look to turn their recent fortunes around.

Fowell’s side also sealed a 3-0 win overEnfield on Tuesday evening on the back of three consecutive defeats.

“It’s always my aim to be around the top by Christmas, but that’s not going to happen as we only have four games, but we’ve got to start winning and start winning fast,” Fowell said.

“If we’re not careful we could end up in a relegation battle.”

The former Enfield under-21s coach heaped praised on Darren Manning’s side and believes their good form this season is due to keeping their squad together.

“They’re doing well; Darren has had the same team out pretty much all season apart from a few.

“He’s lost a couple, he lost Aundre Spencer and Dan Okoh but he’s kept a nucleus of that team together and they’re doing well.”

He did however insist it’s a long season and anything could happen yet in the Essex Senior League title race.

“But it is a long season, who would have thought Stansted would have only won one of their last five games a month ago.

“It’s still an open league and if someone said to me now who is going to win it, I wouldn’t know to be honest as of right now.

“You think about it we beat Takeley recently, played them off the park, and should have won by seven or eight but they’re third in the league.

“It just proves that it is a crazy league and if we put four or five wins together we could go up to like seventh in the league.”

The Tons are currently looking to strengthen their squad and Fowell is close to sealing a few new signings but is waiting for them to go through.

“I’ve just signed a few more players, but I’m waiting for them to go through.

“I am looking for one or two more as well to boost the squad but on paper we’ve got a decent team, it’s just getting everyone playing as they have work commitments.”

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