Essex Senior League: Clapton boss Jon Fowell pleased to beat his own points target with win over Waltham Forest

PUBLISHED: 17:00 05 December 2016

Action from a Clapton match at the Old Spotted Dog in November (pic Tim Edwards)

Action from a Clapton match at the Old Spotted Dog in November (pic Tim Edwards)


Tons boss delighted with how his squad are performing after fourth straight league success

Clapton boss Jon Fowell says his squad are exceeding his expectations after a 2-1 win in the Essex Senior League at Waltham Forest.

Fowell, who took charge of Tons in September, has overseen four straight wins in the league, including Saturday’s success at Forest where Nathan Cook and James Lyndon struck for the visitors.

It was a win that kept the Old Spotted Dog club fourth in the table, and Fowell was also pleased the three points took them past a target he had set for his squad.

“We had a run of 11 league games, nine of which were away, and I set the boys a target of 21 points, and we managed to get 22 so we’ve overachieved,” he said.

“Before that run, we were a team in transition, but the win at Takeley (in October) was the turning point for us.

“We’d managed to get the team together by that point, and a lot of credit has to go to those behind the scenes for their work.”

Victory also ensured Clapton remain just six points adrift of leaders Barking as Fowell continues to build a squad capable of challenging near the top of the table.

And though they now have a two-week wait for their next league match, Fowell hopes it does not lead to Tons losing momentum.

“We’re on a roll now and we don’t want it to stop. In our unbeaten run in the league, we’ve faced some good opposition,” he added.

“We’ve also showed a few late goals in that time too, which shows the character of the squad.

“Against Waltham Forest too, we had six players out, which shows the strength in depth we now have.”

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