Essex Senior League: Jon Fowell wants Clapton to get revenge over Barkingside

PUBLISHED: 13:00 23 February 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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The Tons lost the previous meeting 1-0 and are keen to put that right on Friday night

Clapton manager Jon Fowell is really looking forward to tomorrow’s Essex Senior League clash with Barkingside having not forgotten the last meeting between the two clubs.

The Tons suffered a surprising 1-0 loss to Side at the Old Spotted Dog back on November 12 despite being in great form.

And ahead of travelling to Cricklefield Stadium tomorrow night, Fowell is determined to get some revenge.

He said: “We haven’t been beaten twice by the same team yet this season. After FC Romania, Barking and Southend Manor beat us, we came back and took points off them.

“We will look to do the same at Barkingside, but I know their manager Gursel Gulfer and he’ll have them well up for it.

“The pitch isn’t going to be the best, but all of our boys are raring to go and we’ll be looking to get a win.”

Barkingside are only pricing tickets at £5 for the match with kids going in for free tomorrow evening.

With the Clapton Ultras in town, a big attendance can be expected for the Friday night encounter at Cricklefield Stadium.

Although this match is away from the Old Spotted Dog, Fowell is delighted the Tons fans will return to their home next Tuesday.

The Ultras have been boycotting home games recently, but they have called it off after talks with the club over several issues including ticket prices.

Fowell added: “I’m glad the fans are going to be back. The boycott did drain us a bit and we lost four points because of it.

“We could only draw with Redbridge and Takeley and if the Ultras had been there I reckon they would have got us over the line.

“It is over and we move on, but hopefully we can put a smile on their faces between now and the rest of the season.”

Barkingside is the first test coming up for Clapton before high-flying Sawbridgeworth Town visit on Tuesday.

The Tons boss is fully aware the two matches they face over the next seven days will be very difficult.

“I know Sawbridgeworth’s manager John (Watters) - he’s a good lad. They had a bit of a dodgy start, but they have a lot of dangerous players,” said Fowell.

“We sent our scout Jamie to watch them and he’s told me about their quality and the likes of Reece Cosson and Gavin Cockman.

“But we have plenty of dangerous players like Johnny Ashman, Jay Knight, Nathan Cook and Eamon Payne at the back now.

“Hopefully we get the three points. Obviously we would like a good performance, but it is really all about the result.”

With Clapton playing a day before Barking, they’ll hope to put pressure on the leaders by winning at Barkingside tomorrow.

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