Clapton primed for start of new league season
PUBLISHED: 13:00 02 August 2018
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Tons at home twice in opening week of new term
Clapton begin the new Essex Senior League season on Saturday when they welcome Tower Hamlets to the Old Spotted Dog.
A touch over three months since ending last season with a win at home to Hullbridge Sports, Tons begin the new term with another game in front of their own fans.
Jonny Fowell’s men will hope they can start the new campaign as they ended last season by collecting all three points at the Old Spotted Dog.
The Essex Senior League outfit continued their pre-season preparations last Friday when they welcomed Essex Olympian League Division Four outfit Epping Town for a friendly.
The winner of the match would be handed the Walter Tull Cup, named after the former Clapton defender who was also the first black British Army officer.
Despite several divisions between the sides, it was Town who prevailed 3-2 at the Old Spotted Dog in front of a sizeable crowd.
Tons will look to put that defeat behind them when they begin the league season and Fowell’s men have a good recent record against their east London rivals, having collected four points from their two meetings last term.
After drawing the first game 0-0 at the Mile End Stadium at the end of August, Clapton won the return fixture 1-0 at the Old Spotted Dog last October.
Tons would no doubt like a similar result on Saturday as they look to get their new campaign off to a flyer.
And with plenty of sides looking to challenge for promotion this term, a fast start may be what is needed if the Old Spotted Dog side are to be among the front runners this season.
Following the game with Hamlets on Saturday, Clapton are then back in action on Tuesday night when they host Ilford in another derby.
The Foxes could be an unknown quantity in the early part of the season, with Martin Haywood having taken over the reins from former joint-managers Allan Fenn and Billy Cove during the summer.
But Fowell will hope that by the time Clapton face Ilford in their first midweek game of the season, they will already have collected their first league win.