Clapton’s Thomas hails assistance of local rivals Sporting Bengal
PUBLISHED: 12:30 22 March 2016
Tons defender Bradley Joseph collapsed at the Mile End Stadium, but has left hospital now
Clapton assistant manager Andre Thomas praised Sporting Bengal United’s help during Saturday’s Essex Senior League match.
The clash at the Mile End Stadium eventually finished 6-1 to the Tons, but the result wasn’t the most important thing come the end of the 90 minutes.
At half time defender Bradley Joseph collapsed for the visitors and was treated by paramedics on the pitch.
He thankfully left hospital yesterday (Monday) and is on the mend, but Thomas hailed the aid of their local rivals.
“Bradley is recovering. He was conscious and responsive at the hospital which is always a good sign,” said the Clapton number two.
“It was a scary situation for all involved but I want to thank the staff at the Mile End Stadium and Sporting Bengal who assisted.
“Of course it was a fantastic win, although it was overshadowed, but we can now take the positives away from the performance and build on this form going into the last games of the season.”
New signing Sherwin Stanley made an immediate impact and scored before the break with Roddy Lemba also netting.
After Joseph collapsed, the second period was only started once he had regained consciousness.
Stanley went on to complete his hat-trick with Lemba adding another and Odu Bogdan finding the net.
Tunde Adewunmi had made it 2-1 early after the restart, but Tons powered home their advantage to remain eighth in the table.
“Sherwin was brilliant. He made his debut in a Clapton shirt, partnering Roddy, and they made it seem as if they had played 10 plus games together,” added Thomas.
“The link up play was very impressive. They were competing against each other for the hat-trick ball whilst being very mature and clinical.
“Sherwin got it in the end, the man of the match award and more importantly did his fair share in helping us get the three points.”
Clapton will hope Stanley can continue his good form when they visit local rivals Barking on Saturday before Monday’s Gordon Brasted Memorial Trophy final against either Stansted or Hullbridge Sports at Burnham Ramblers’ Leslie Fields Stadium.
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