Clapton hope to ‘match’ big boys

PUBLISHED: 16:00 06 April 2016

Action from the Essex Senior League clash between Barking and Clapton (pic: Terry Gilbert)

Action from the Essex Senior League clash between Barking and Clapton (pic: Terry Gilbert)


Tons have won back-to-back games but face two difficult challenges over next week

Clapton face two teams going for the Essex Senior League title over the next week, but assistant Andre Thomas believes they can enjoy playing without pressure.

The Tons make the trip to leaders FC Romania at the weekend, before hosting FA Vase semi-finalists Bowers & Pitsea on Tuesday (April 12).

Both of those clubs are desperate to finish top, but Thomas hopes his men can continue their good form.

He said: “The games against Romania and Bowers will be tough. They are very good teams and both have title aspirations.

“With that being said, I think the pressure is on them a little bit more as they don’t want to drop points.

“If our boys can go out there, play the way we’ve been playing and match them for effort you never know what could happen.

“On our day we can match any side, we just hope those days are on a few Tuesday’s and Saturday’s in April because we want a strong finish to the season.”

Clapton have had a busy week as they entertained local rivals Tower Hamlets on Saturday and won 2-0.

Two days later they visited Greenhouse Sports at Coles Park, but the clash was abandoned with four minutes remaining.

Roddy Lemba’s goal in the 75th minute had given Tons a 1-0 lead before Greenhouse’s Kofi Nsia broke his leg.

Even though the clash was abandoned, the Essex Senior League have awarded the points to Clapton.

Thomas added: “We may look down the line and see how important a result it was, but right now our thoughts are with Kofi.”

It is Tons second success over a London rival this week after goals from Tony Cookey and James Briggs defeated Hamlets last weekend.

Cookey’s opener in the 40th minute was key to the result according to Thomas, he said: “Tony’s goal was vital. Any goal before half time can change the mindset of the teams.

“It killed any tension our boys may have had which allowed them to feel a bit more relaxed and express themselves after the break.”

An incredible 497 were in attendance on Saturday and they played their part, Thomas added: “It was a good win.

“Tower Hamlets are a talented young footballing side so we needed to grow into the game and impose ourselves on them.

“I felt we did that quite well and the crowd played a major part in helping us, the atmosphere was superb.”

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