Essex Senior League: Clapton manager Jonny Fowell keen to experiment against Sporting Bengal United

PUBLISHED: 10:00 13 April 2018

Clapton manager Jonny Fowell is keen to experiment in their final three matches of the Essex Senior League campaign.

The Tons welcome Sporting Bengal United to the Old Spotted Dog on Saturday (3pm) as they look to finish the season on a high by going unbeaten.

Fowell’s men currently sit sixth in the table with games against Bengal, Great Wakering Rovers and Hullbridge Sports still to come and he wants them to build on their victory against Redbridge last week.

“We will go out and experiment,” he said.

“As a manager and as a player I have never worried about an opposition, I have been in football for way too long to worry about other teams.

“Worrying about other teams takes your mind away from your own performance.

“We’ve set the standard now and I want my players to play like they did against Redbridge.”

Former Enfield under-21 coach Fowell wants maximum points to cap off the season, but revealed Bengal are his bogey team.

“We have nine points left to play for and hopefully we can get all nine of them to finish the season strong,” he said.

“They’re my bogey team – them and Tower Hamlets for some reason, as I always seem to struggle against those two sides.”

Fowell also claimed there is no easat London rivalry between his side and Bengal ahead of the clash.

“There is no rivalry to be honest, we’re both local, but we get on really well with Sporting Bengal,” he added.

“I get on well with their manager Imrul Gazi, he’s a nice bloke, but we need to win the game.”

The Tons boss believes it’s been a tough season but says he has learnt a lot during the campaign and is keen to build on it next season.

“It’s been a hard season for us and baring in mind we’ve had 10 different goalkeepers this season that just proves it,” he added.

“If you look at our team sheets we’ve had 37 games and 37 different teams. How many teams would have been sixth in the league with that?

“I have learnt a lot this season and I sure won’t let it happen next season.”

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