Essex Senior League: Clapton stun leaders Redbridge in five-goal thriller at the Old Spotted Dog
PUBLISHED: 08:30 04 April 2018
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Essex Senior League: Clapton 3 Redbridge 2
Redbridge’s four-game winning run in the Essex Senior League came to an end last night after Clapton saw off their local rivals in a five-goal thriller.
The hosts did well to get the Old Spotted Dog on after the recent rain and it paid dividends in the end.
Joey May and Ricky Eaton’s team did take the lead after 10 minutes though, when Calvin Poku drilled home from outside the area.
It looked like being a routine night for the Motormen at this point, but Clapton turned things around in stunning fashion.
Emmanuel Olajide first of all produced two fine saves to prevent Redbridge doubling their lead and then Greg Akpele raced down the other end and levelled for the Tons.
Almost straight after the equaliser it was 2-1 to Clapton as Junior Fatai-Somuywa managed to score past Lewis Greene.
Jonny Fowell’s team almost added a third before the break, but then conceded a penalty for handball.
Olajide was the hero though, guessing the right way and saving Poku’s effort to ensure it was 2-1 at half time.
It had been an eventful first 45 and the game continued at the same pace following the restart as the hosts quickly made it 3-1.
A free kick was swung into the Redbridge area and the visitors failed to clear it before the ball ended up in Greene’s net with Warren Isoka appearing to grab the last touch.
Redbridge had a huge uphill task now, though things got slightly easier when earlier goalscorer Fatai-Somuywa received a red card.
Eljay Worrell reduced the deficit soon after with a fine strike to set up a grandstand finish at the Old Spotted Dog.
The Motormen pushed for a late leveller, but Clapton held on to secure an impressive win which increases their hold on sixth spot while Redbridge remain top, but second-placed Great Wakering are only two points behind them with a game in hand.