Clapton heavily beaten and become bridesmaids again!
PUBLISHED: 13:00 13 May 2015
Manager Michael Walter and midfielder James Briggs gutted after second consecutive cup final defeat
Clapton manager Michael Walther was disappointed after watching his team lose 7-1 to Bowers & Pitsea in the Essex Senior League Cup final at Burroughs Park on Sunday.
Tons had suffered heartbreak the weekend before, losing 4-2 to Barking in the final of the Gordon Brasted Memorial Trophy, and even more pain was to come.
Bowers didn’t open the scoring until the 24th minute and Donell Onyeche had already gone close for the Old Spotted Dog outfit.
But once Vince Durrant beat Pepe Diagne midway through the half it was largely one-way traffic.
Eamon Payne brought down Lewis Manor two minutes later for a spot-kick and although Diagne brilliantly saved Rob Whitnell’s penalty, the rebound was converted to put Bowers 2-0 up.
Walther said: “We were well beaten, but up until the first goal we felt we were playing okay, even though we were a bit defensive.
“They scored the first and the second came quickly afterwards and it kind of took the stuffing out of us in the end.
“Maybe we haven’t got that mental toughness at the moment to keep going and try to dig a result out or pull it back our way.”
Luke Wilson scored on the stroke of half time for Bowers, before Durrant added another three minutes into the second period.
Jake Stevens pulled one back for Tons to give their outstanding fans something to celebrate. But Whitnell found the net again, before Ashley Wackers-Kyriacou added a sixth in the 90th minute.
And with virtually the last play of the match, Durrant headed into the corner of the net to complete his hat-trick.
Clapton midfielder James Briggs was dejected afterwards and felt the team had let the fans down with their performance.
“I hate losing and it is not nice to be beaten 7-1, especially in front of those fans. We didn’t show enough desire for them,” said Briggs.
“We let them down more than anything, we let ourselves down, but the fans more than anyone else.
“The first 25 minutes it was quite even and we went close, but as soon as the first goal goes in, our heads went down and it obviously wasn’t ideal them scoring two goals in the space of two minutes.”
Briggs, who found the net in the 4-2 final defeat to Barking on May 2, did praise Bowers and their manager Rob Small and aims to give Tons supporters something to celebrate next year.
“Bowers are a good team and they are all as one,” added Briggs. “They played well together and have a great manager in Rob Small. It seems like their team spirit is close and they have good players.
“Hopefully we can keep the core players we have next season, add a few and build on this year. We want to finish higher in the league, we want to reach more cup finals and win them next time.”
Walther added: “The fans were superb, they were really excellent. Now we have to try and take the positives out of the season and build on that.”
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