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Clapton’s Nurse hoping for cup joy

PUBLISHED: 12:00 09 May 2015

Clapton assistant manager Marc Nurse (pic: Keely Moore).

Clapton assistant manager Marc Nurse (pic: Keely Moore).

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Tons number two looks ahead of second cup final for the Old Spotted Dog outfit and praises opponents Bowers

The Clapton Ultras were out in force for the Gordon Brasted Memorial Trophy final against Barking (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)The Clapton Ultras were out in force for the Gordon Brasted Memorial Trophy final against Barking (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Clapton assistant manager Marc Nurse believes his team can get the better of Bowers & Pitsea tomorrow (Sunday) in the Essex Senior League Cup final at Great Wakering Rovers Burroughs Park Stadium.

However, Tons must replicate the performance they put against Barking when they beat them 2-0 in the semi-finals of this competition at Mayesbrook Park on April 28.

Clapton players receive their runners-up medals at the Gordon Brasted Memorial Trophy finalClapton players receive their runners-up medals at the Gordon Brasted Memorial Trophy final

Abs Jariette and Jerome Martelli struck that night to book Michael Walther’s team a spot in the final on Sunday, but the Old Spotted Dog outfit failed to build on that last weekend as they lost 4-2 to the Blues in the Gordon Brasted Memorial Trophy.

Clapton’s number two insists another display like the one they put in against Barking in the semi-final recently could help them claim a first cup triumph since 1989 and not finish as runners-up again this weekend.

Action from the Gordon Brasted Memorial Trophy final between Barking against Clapton at Burnham (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)Action from the Gordon Brasted Memorial Trophy final between Barking against Clapton at Burnham (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

“Bowers did finish the season strongly, but they are very similar to Barking,” said Nurse.

“They play in exactly the same way so if we can replicate what we did on Tuesday in the semi-final against Barking, play exactly the same way, then we have a chance.”

Clapton players face the camera with their runners-up medals (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)Clapton players face the camera with their runners-up medals (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

When Bowers step out at Burroughs Park tomorrow it will be the first competitive match they have played in just under two weeks.

They didn’t fair too bad last time out – smashing Essex Senior League champions Haringey Borough 4-1 at Coles Park to book their spot in tomorrow’s final.

And although Nurse hopes Rob Small’s team are rusty, he expects them to be ready and well prepared as they always are.

He added: “I really hope they are rusty, but they are an experienced team.

“They have been going for a long time - previously under a different name as Southminster St Leonards.

“They have been together for a long time so they will know what it is all about and they will be ready for us.

“We have to prepare ourselves in the right way and make sure we do what we have to do.”

Previous encounters between the two sides have been even with Clapton winning 1-0 in the league back in September and drawing 1-1 in March.

They also had a thrilling FA Cup battle against each other in August. The first game ended goalless, but the replay was a six-goal thriller.

It was decided by penalties and Bowers come out on top, Nurse added: “We have done quite well against them.

“We have had a few draws, we lost to them in the FA Cup on penalties, but other than that we know what they are all about.

“They know what we are all about, but again it is a big game so who knows what will happen.”


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