Clapton manager Michael Walther hails quick start against Tower Hamlets in Essex Senior League
PUBLISHED: 15:00 02 August 2016
Old Spotted Dog boss pleased with improved quality in squad and to have Fahad Nyanja back at the club again
Clapton manager Michael Walther praised his players after watching them beat Tower Hamlets 2-0 at the weekend.
The Tons made an excellent start in their Essex Senior League opener with Fahad Nyanja finding the net after just four minutes.
Nathan Cook doubled their advantage just before the break and the visitors couldn’t find a way through the Clapton back four.
It capped a good day at the office for the Old Spotted Dog club and places them fourth in the table.
“Fayad has come back after spending last year with Basildon United and scored straight away,” said Walther.
“We got off to a quick start, we created quite a few chances and it was good to see us continue where we left off last season.
“The crowd was 421 so that was a good turn out to support the boys and we got the second before half time.
“After that the rest of the game was about restricting their chances and we managed to do that really well.”
Walther’s men will look to build on their opening day victory when they take on London Bari in the extra preliminary round of the FA Cup on Saturday.
Before the tie at the Old Spotted Dog, Clapton host Essex Olympian League outfit White Ensign tonight.
It is a chance for members of the Tons squad to stake a claim to start in the FA Cup if they missed out against Hamlets.
“This pre-season is the same as before really, we’ve got some new players come in and after winning the cup final, you hope it will help attract new people to the club,” said Walther.
“I think the quality of the team and the squad as a whole has improved and that is really pleasing.
“For me the priority is to push up in the league, the club and the fans would probably like a little FA Cup run if possible.
“If we can get through Saturday’s match, we then face Sporting Bengal United or Ipswich Wanderers so that’s a tough game, but we’d like to progress as far as we can.”
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