Clapton manager Fowell excited for derby clash against Hackney Wick

PUBLISHED: 17:00 06 October 2017

Clapton manager Jon Fowell happy with his team efforts (Pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Clapton manager Jon Fowell happy with his team efforts (Pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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Clapton manager Jonny Fowell is excited for his side’s derby match against Hackney Wick at the Old Spotted Dog.

The Tons face their local rivals with a depleted squad and will be hoping they can get themselves on a winning run back on home turf on Saturday.

“I’m always excited to play in derby matches at the Old Spotted Dog,” said Fowell.

“My first game was one of these matches last year and the fans were electric, but sadly I don’t think the fans will be there this time as they’re still boycotting.

“It would be great to have them as I think it is affecting the players what’s going on. Hopefully they can put it behind them at some point and just support the players.”

Fowell admits he doesn’t know lots about the league new boys, but is thankful one of his coaches – former Hackney Wick manager Chris Davis –knows plenty about their squad.

“They’re a new team, so I will be tapping into Chris for his knowledge on them,” said Fowell. “He will know them better than anyone else, he’ll know their strengths and weaknesses and we can tap into that and use it against them.”

The Tons boss is hoping a few players can return for the match, but admits it might not be likely, as Steven Sardinha, Ryan Reed, Tayo Awoderu, Emmanuel Olajide, Nathan Cook, Lee Slavin and Andy Greenslade are currently sidelined and Dylan Ebengo is facing a ban.

“I’m panicking as if we get a couple more injuries we could end up down to about 13 players,” he said.

“Hopefully as the days go on we’ll have more and more players coming back.

“It will give me a headache once they’re fit, but players will then have to earn and fight for their spots.”

Sardinha and Awoderu are both receiving treatment in the hope it will speed up their returns, with Fowell adding: “It’s a shame as Steven has been excellent for us and is a massive loss right now.

“Tayo is the best left-back in the league. Don’t get me wrong Yusef (Bello) has come in and been really good, but Tayo’s experience is massive.

“They’re both seeing a physio and getting work done.”

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