Essex Senior League: Clapton seek win to silence chirpy Sawbridgeworth Town

PUBLISHED: 14:00 23 March 2017

Clapton manager Jon Fowell and assistant Andre Thomas look on (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Clapton manager Jon Fowell and assistant Andre Thomas look on (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Tons assistant manager Andre Thomas disappointed with performance during 1-1 draw at home to West Essex

Clapton will aim to get back on track in the Essex Senior League at Sawbridgeworth Town this weekend after having their momentum checked last Saturday.

The Tons entertained new boys West Essex at the Old Spotted Dog looking to keep the pressure on leaders Barking.

Stefan Nielsen opened the scoring for Clapton with a penalty after 35 minutes, but the visitors equalised through Loe Lefley – also from the spot.

Jon Fowell’s team pushed for a winner after the break, yet failed to break down the West Essex defence again and had to settle for a point.

Clapton’s assistant manager Andre Thomas said: “It was a flat performance. A draw may have been the fairest result, but it feels like two points dropped. Although I will look at myself before I look at the boys.”

Tons are third in the table and a point behind second-placed FC Romania, yet have a game in hand on the Hertfordshire club.

Barking are 10 points clear of Clapton, however, and look certain to win the title now and could have it wrapped up by April 1.

Fowell’s team will focus on trying to finish as runners-up, but have a difficult test coming up on Saturday.

Clapton travel to Crofters End to take on a Robins side who have won their last four games in the division and scored 14 times in the process.

London Bari earned a point at Hullbridge Sports last weekend thanks to an 80th-minute equaliser.

The Lower Road club took the lead with 16 minutes remaining after Ryan Wallington opened the scoring.

But Hassan Nalbant continued his fine form with his fourth goal in five games to earn Chris Davis’ team a point.

Unfortunately for Bari they now have to wait until April 8 to play again, so can put their feet up for a while.

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