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Clapton boss Fowell praises Takeley's consistency

PUBLISHED: 14:00 25 January 2019

Clapton manager Jon Fowell during Ilford vs Clapton, Essex Senior League Football at Cricklefields Stadium on 22nd December 2018

Clapton manager Jon Fowell during Ilford vs Clapton, Essex Senior League Football at Cricklefields Stadium on 22nd December 2018

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Clapton manager Jonny Fowell praised Takeley as one of the most consistent teams in the Essex Senior League but still feels they will not win the title.

The Tons are set to welcome Marc Das’ side to the Old Spotted Dog on Saturday as they look to cause an upset against the second-placed outfit.

And boss Fowell was in high spirits about his squad’s recent improvements ahead of the clash, joking: “Easy game! We played them in November and were winning 3-2 before it was abandoned. Personally I think we could have won by six or seven.

“They’ve got a few players coming back now, but so have we, so it should be an interesting game.”

But Fowell did insist the title challenger’s consistent form has stood them in good stead so far this campaign.

“Make no bones about it, they’ve got a good team, they’re second in the league and you don’t get second if you’re not playing well,” he added.

“Marc Das has got them playing consistent, they haven’t lost many games, while Stansted, Walthamstow, Hullbridge and Saffron Walden have been dropping points they’re still picking up wins.

“Are they good enough to win the league? I don’t think so, but they’ll definitely have a say in who wins it, same as us. We will just focus on our team and getting the best out of the players.”

The Tons are expecting Ali Al-Nashi and Jacob Kromann back in their line-up this weekend after missing out last week due to international duty and illness.

“We’ve got Ali back now as he has returned from international futsal duty,” said Fowell.

“Jacob Kromann had a virus, but hopefully he’ll be back on Saturday.”

Fowell also praised midfield duo Bryan Kyungu and Andy Greenslade for their recent performances, including in their 1-0 win over Hullbridge Sports last Tuesday.

“Bryan has been outstanding for us, him and Andy Greenslade have been immense, they’ve really took on what Amin Levett has been saying in training,” he said.

“We’re trying new things out in training and that showed against Hullbridge.”

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