Clapton boss Fowell says he expected a tough challenge

PUBLISHED: 12:04 19 November 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 says he always expected a tough challenge as his side fell to a heavy 4-0 defeat against in-form Saffron Walden Town.

Goals from Lee Sawyer, Lewis Francis, Jamie Solkhon and Craig Calver sealed the three points for the Bloods and sent the Tons home empty-handed.

Sawyer slotted home a penalty in the 19th minute to open the scoring before Francis doubled his side’s lead in the 39th minute after a great build up play from Dan Trendall and Sawyer.

Solkhon then stretched the lead to 3-0 early in the second-half to put the game out of sight.

Calver then slotted a shot into the back of the net to make it 4-0 and seal the comfortable win for his side.

“We knew it was going to be difficult with the personnel we had missing for the match, but it wasn’t a 4-0 game, as I thought we played really well and had control at times.

“The thing that let us down was the strikers, we brought in two the night before the game, but they were both lacking match fitness.

“They were not sharp and it showed, but we only had one substitute on the bench, due to all the injuries and suspensions we’ve got.”

Fowell admitted he was not pleased with the result but praised his make-shift squad’s efforts.

“I’m not happy with the result but I thought we did try to play football so I can’t fault the player’s efforts in the match.”

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