Clapton ready to host Romford

PUBLISHED: 13:00 14 July 2015 | UPDATED: 13:00 14 July 2015

The Clapton Ultras will get plenty of chances to see their side in action this summer (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO).

The Clapton Ultras will get plenty of chances to see their side in action this summer (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO).

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Tons assistant manager Marc Nurse discusses tonight’s friendly match

Clapton assistant manager Marc Nurse expects Ryman North side Romford to pose a stern test this evening when they visit the Old Spotted Dog.

The Essex Senior League outfit started their pre-season campaign with a 6-0 win against Laindon Orient on Saturday, but tonight’s game for Boro and their boss Paul Martin is their first of the summer.

Despite that, Nurse is certain Romford will prove strong opposition and is expecting a good encounter.

He said: “I know Romford struggled last year, but we are expecting them to be fit and organised.

“I expect them to be very organised coming from that division. That is the level we need to be at.

“We can learn a lot from playing teams like this. It will be a strong team tonight and it should be a good test for us.”

This evenings clash against Romford is game number two of pre-season for Clapton and they have nine more remaining after this with fixtures against Aveley, Welwyn Garden City and the likes of Thamesmead Town to come.

Four of them are at the Old Spotted Dog after tonight, so Tons fantastic fans will get plenty of opportunity to see their team in action again.

Nurse added: “We have nine pre-season games so a lot, but we will get a chance to gel and get match fitness by the end of it so we are pleased with what we have arranged.

“The fans will be chomping at the bite to get back to the Old Spotted Dog for a home game and we have a few planned for them so that’s good.”

Romford chairman Steve Gardener took to twitter to reveal his excitement ahead of Boro’s first friendly match of the summer.

He tweeted: “First pre-season game at the Old Spotted Dog against Clapton. Looking forward to visiting a ground we have fond memories of. Looking for all Romford supporters to get along to Clapton and support Romford and a club who have worked hard to progress.”

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