Clapton manager happy with strength in depth

PUBLISHED: 18:00 21 September 2015

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Tons boss reflects on 3-3 draw with Sawbridgeworth Town and squad available to him

Clapton manager Michael Walther felt the strength of his squad was demonstrated on Saturday when they were able to share six goals with Sawbridgeworth Town in the Essex Senior League.

The Tons travelled to Crofters End with five regulars missing, but were able to come from behind to pick up a point and continue their unbeaten run.

Mendez Formoso Gomez put the visitors ahead early on, but Town hit back and were 3-1 up at half time in Hertfordshire.

Two late goals from Warren Mfula, however, earned Clapton a draw and means they have gone five games without a defeat.

Walther said: “We had five players missing for the match against Sawbridgeworth that had played in the 5-1 win against Southend Manor so it was good to see the strength of our squad by picking up a point against a good team.

“We went a goal up and it was all one-way traffic, but we found ourselves trailing 3-1 at the break and wondering what was happening. Thankfully Warren has popped up twice and managed to score to get us a draw.”

Clapton still have areas when they can be better according to the Old Spotted Dog manager, though, despite an excellent start to the campaign.

But he conceded he has been delighted with the way his new side has gelled together quickly after signing various new players during the summer.

He added: “We have still got a few bits where we need to improve on. Although we are second in the table, I don’t think we can really judge anything right now.

“But what I would say is that any team that faces us knows they will be in for a tough match.

“We have got the right kind of attitudes at the club now. The guys are preparing properly and they are getting to know each other more week by week.

“We had five people leave before the start of the season so this is a very new side and I have been impressed with how quickly we have gelled together.”

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