Clapton ready for Essex Senior League battle with local rivals London Bari insists assistant manager Andre Thomas

PUBLISHED: 13:00 16 August 2016

Clapton boss Michael Walther (right) looks on with assistant Andre Thomas (left) talking to a player (pic: Tim Edwards)

Clapton boss Michael Walther (right) looks on with assistant Andre Thomas (left) talking to a player (pic: Tim Edwards)


A win for Clapton this evening could see the Old Spotted Dog outfit move up to second in the table

Clapton boss Michael Walther and assistant manager Andre Thomas watched London Bari at the weekend and expect a tricky encounter this evening.

Tons were without a fixture in the Essex Senior League on Saturday so the coaching staff watched their local rivals take on Enfield.

Bari were beaten 1-0 at the Old Spotted Dog and have lost all three matches they’ve played this year.

Walther’s team, on the other hand, have won against Tower Hamlets and Stansted in the division.

Clapton also beat Bari 3-1 in the extra preliminary round of the FA Cup, but Thomas is taking nothing for granted when they face the same opposition this evening.

He said: “We didn’t have a game at the weekend so it was a chance to reflect and examine on our start to the season.

“Mike and I went to watch London Bari vs Enfield at the Old Spotted Dog on Saturday which was a close game.

“Regardless of the start they’ve had to the season, our fixture with them could be a tricky one.”

With Clapton boasting a 100 per cent record so far this campaign, it is safe to say the club has made a strong start.

They’ve averaged three goals a game, but have also conceded four times and kept only one clean sheet.

“I’m very happy to start the league with two wins, they were two different types of victories,” said Thomas.

“It has highlighted different things to us, things we did well and where we need to improve.”

Clapton will aim to extend their excellent start tonight when ‘visit’ Bari – who remain pointless from two games.

After beating them 3-1 in the FA Cup on August 6, Tons number two is hoping for a similar result again.

Thomas added: “London Bari will want to get some points on the board so will definitely be up for it.

“We cant take anything for granted and won’t. We’ll learn from the mistakes we made in the FA Cup game and hopefully repeat the things we did well.”

A victory for Clapton tonight could see them briefly move up to second in the table.

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