Clapton boss Fowell is keen to achieve a run in Vase like Bowers & Pitsea in the past

PUBLISHED: 09:00 14 September 2018

Woodford Town youngster Temi Babalola looks to beat Clapton defender Lanre Vigo (pic: Tim Edwards).

Woodford Town youngster Temi Babalola looks to beat Clapton defender Lanre Vigo (pic: Tim Edwards).


Clapton manager Jonny Fowell wants to follow in the footsteps of Bowers & Pitsea by progressing into the later stages of the FA Vase.

The Tons welcome Thurlow Nunn First Division South side Newbury Forest to the Old Spotted Dog on Saturday for their second qualifying round clash.

Fowell’s side will be keen to progress into the next round as favourites and bag the £725 in prize money.

“If you look at Bowers about three years ago, they got to the semi-final, and there is no reason why we can’t do that,” Fowell said.

“They weren’t any better than we are when they were in the Essex Senior League – team-wise.

“They’re a lot better now because of the way things have happened.”

Former Enfield coach Fowell did reveal he will be relying on first-team coach Amin Levett to give him inside knowledge for the match.

“I don’t really know too much about them, but Amin knows about them, as his friend is manager of Frenford in their league so he can give us a little insight,” he added.

“But we’ve just got to make sure we turn up for it. The problem we’ve got, like most teams in our league or the league above when you play teams in the leagues below, is players think they’re going to walk it.

“That’s not football, this is a big game for them, and there is money at stake as well as there is £725 up for grabs to the winners.

“That would take us up to £1,300 plus £750 for the FA Cup, we’d be up to £2,050 so we have to win the game.”

Fowell believes the money is more important than ever as they currently have a limited amount of fans attending games this campaign.

“The thing is we’ve got no fans any more so we’re back to being like everyone else in the ESL,” he said. “For us we’ve got to make sure we can bring in money elsewhere, I felt we were unlucky in the FA Cup.”

Fowell is also keen to continue their recent performances, adding: “We’re on a bit of a roll at the moment, we played really well in our 1-1 draw with Woodford Town at home, we should’ve won.

“They had a bit of bad luck, but we’ve had that all season, so it’s nothing new.

“We played well in the replay and our 1-1 draw with Redbridge (on Saturday) as well.”

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