Clapton target top spot

PUBLISHED: 14:30 29 September 2015

Clapton manager Michael Walther (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO).

Clapton manager Michael Walther (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO).

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Old Spotted Dog side currently on six-match unbeaten run and host Takeley this evening

Clapton manager Michael Walther is keen for his team to go level on points with Essex Senior League leaders Bowers & Pitsea by beating Takeley at the Old Spotted Dog tonight (Tuesday).

The Tons are in stunning form and have picked up 16 points from their opening seven matches in the division thus far.

On Saturday they beat Burnham Ramblers 4-2 with Shomari Barnwell, Warren Mfula, Freddie Morris and Roddy Lemba on target.

Walther’s side are currently on a six-match unbeaten run in all competitions and the Tons boss is keen for that to continue this evening.

“I haven’t seen Takeley play yet, but they beat us twice last year so I know the kind of brand of football they try to play,” said the Clapton manager.

“The good thing is if we do manage to get the victory tonight, we will go level on points and joint top of the table with Bowers.

“We have no divine right to win any game of football, but we are a side playing with confidence and we know we can beat these teams on our day so we are starting on the front foot and our attacking play is going really well at the moment.”

Clapton lost on both occasions they faced Takeley last season with one fixture fresh in the memory of Walther.

He hopes the Tons can erase that frustrating evening at the office by winning tonight against the Hertfordshire outfit.

“Last year one of the times we played them I was the only person from our coaching team that could attend so it was only me in the dugout,” added Walther.

“With 20 minutes gone we were 3-0 down. We had a player sent off and I had a lump in my throat because the fans were still singing, but I was thinking it is going to be a long night.

“But we came back and scored twice and should have won the game really. It was a great match so I expect another entertaining fixture.”

Clapton also had great support on Saturday against Burnham with 287 fans in attendance at the Old Spotted Dog.

The Tons were able to run out winners as well in a six-goal thriller and retain their second place position in the standings.

Walther added: “It was a great atmosphere on Saturday, probably the best support we have had all season so it was good to get a couple of goals and a win.

“Burnham came down probably thinking they could get the victory, but we gave them the two goals they scored to be honest. It could have been a much bigger scoreline than it was.

“We only had one player missing on Saturday so it was probably the first time I have been able to have a full squad and what we had was really positive.

“Our goalkeeper Pape Diagne is back as well from injury for tonight and Saturday so it is a boost to have our first choice back again.”

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