Essex Senior League: Clapton boss Jon Fowell wants fans to get behind his team to boost hopes of a successful season

PUBLISHED: 14:15 06 December 2016

The Clapton fans support their team (pic: George Philipou/TGS Photo).

The Clapton fans support their team (pic: George Philipou/TGS Photo).

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Tons fans set to protest against rise in ticket prices during tonight’s Essex Senior League Cup tie

Clapton manager Jon Fowell has called on the fans to back his team, even though many supporters will boycott tonight’s Essex Senior League Cup tie with Hullbridge Sports to protest against a rise in ticket prices.

Tons recently raised all ticket prices by £1 in a move which angered many of their large following.

A protest has been arranged for tonight’s cup tie, with fans campaigning outside the Old Spotted Dog rather than going inside to watch the game.

But Fowell, who has taken Clapton to fourth in the Essex Senior League, hopes the situation is resolved sooner rather than later to help Tons enjoy a successful season.

“There’s a real buzz around the club at the minute and I want the supporters to back us,” said Fowell.

“I understand their grievance over ticket prices, but we could lose players to clubs with bigger budgets.

“People have said this is the best Clapton side they have seen, and it would be great if we could all stick together.”

Fowell did admit, though, he will rest some of his squad for the clash with Hullbridge as he looks to manage his team.

But he believes he will still be able to name a side that is more than capable of progressing to the next round.

“We want to win, but it is also a chance for us to rotate the squad and give others a chance,” he added.

“We have a squad of around 19 or 20 players and they are all of a similar quality, so if one drops out, it is almost like-for-like.

“There are a few players in the squad who are carrying injuries, so it will be an opportunity to rest them.”

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