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Good Knight for Clapton; London Bari lose

PUBLISHED: 09:37 05 March 2017 | UPDATED: 09:37 05 March 2017

Clapton's Jay Knight (right) hit a hat-trick in their win over Hullbridge (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Clapton's Jay Knight (right) hit a hat-trick in their win over Hullbridge (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Clapton 4 Hullbridge Sports 1

Clapton scored four goals for the second successive match to claim the Essex Senior League points at the Old Spotted Dog.

Having beaten Sawbridgeworth 4-0 in midweek, Tons needed only two minutes to open their account against Hullbridge as Jay Knight fired a long-range shot in off the far post.

The home side doubled their advantage on 16 minutes when the unmarked Steven Sardinha volleyed home from inside the box and it was 3-0 at the break after Knight grabbed his second.

Knight completed his hat-trick five minutes after the restart, taking his tally to 12 goals in just eight appearances for the club, before Charlie Little hit back for the visitors on 52 minutes.

And that was the end of the scoring in front of a crowd of 364 as Clapton recorded their eighth win in 10 matches and remained in second place, five points behind leaders Barking having played two more games.

That gap could grow next weekend, though, as Tons do not have a game and Barking visit lowly London Bari.

Jon Fowell’s men are back in action against Burnham Ramblers at Leslie Field on Tuesday, March 14.

Clapton: Olajide, Vigo, Awoderu, Ebengo (Bouho), Jairette (Mugoya), Payne, Sardinha, Reed, Cook, Ashman, Knight (Spencer). Unused sub: Rene.

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Wadham Lodge 2 London Bari 1

Bari were left empty-handed after a disappointing defeat against Lodge.

Chris Davis’ men had lost 3-0 when the two sides met at the Old Spotted Dog three weeks earlier, but went into the return meeting on a high after taking four points from a possible six over the previous seven days.

Bari jad ended a 7-game losing run with 1-1 draw with Hullbridge a week earlier, then won 5-1 against Haringey & Waltham at Terrence McMillan Stadium on Thursday evening, thanks to goals from Hassan Nalbant (2), Richmonod Ayoola, Kareem Richardson and Junior Decker.

Goals from Calvin Poku and Elliot Scott proved enough for Lodge to claim the points and leapfrog Bari into 16th place, with Davis now preparing his side to host table-topping Barkinng next weekend.

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