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Essex Senior League: Clapton boss Jon Fowell frustrated by teething problems

PUBLISHED: 14:00 27 October 2016

Clapton go close against Southend Manor on October 8 (pic Tim Edwards)

Clapton go close against Southend Manor on October 8 (pic Tim Edwards)

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Tons have picked up one point out of possible 12 in the league ahead of visiting Takeley on Saturday

Clapton manager Jon Fowell has insisted he will get it right at the Old Spotted Dog club after a mixed set of results in October

The Tons enjoyed an encouraging start under their new boss – winning three of his first four Essex Senior League matches.

But since losing 1-0 to Southend Manor on October 8, they’ve picked up just one point out of a possible 12 in the division.

Fowell said: “It will come together, I haven’t had a pre season with the team but we are trying to work forward everyday.

“I’m trying to get my ideas across, but unfortunately you can’t do that in a changing room, that happens on the training pitch. We only have two hours training, so that’s the hard part of the job.”

Due to the nature of non-league football, Fowell has only been able to work with the players for one training session this month.

He has arranged various trial matches to work out which players he would like to keep and who can be let go.

“Last week I had our only training session of the month, so it’s almost impossible to get my philosophy across and work on what we need to challenge the top teams.

“A lot of that is down to the huge squad we had when I took over - it was around 43 players so I have had to do trial matches to weed out the dead wood.”

Fowell has tried to have some dialogue with the Clapton Ultras and held a two hour question and answer session with them on Friday night.

With Tons without a Saturday fixture, it allowed the boss to try and explain some of the difficulties he has had to the supporters.

“They asked me questions about my plans for the future and why certain members of the team were missing,” explained Fowell.

“I told them how many players had gone before I had even arrived. With the cup final team, I had 10 of those players in the squad leave so what can I do about it? I can only try and bring new players in.”

Fowell will have a chance to see if he can get it right against one of the top teams in the division on Saturday.

Clapton make the trip to Station Road to face high-flying Takeley this weekend aiming to halt their poor form, which has seen them drop to 10th in the standings.

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