Injury-hit Clapton face tough test against Enfield

PUBLISHED: 14:00 03 October 2017 | UPDATED: 15:00 03 October 2017

Ikem Odeh and Clapton team-mates celebrate a goal (pic George Phillipou/TGS Phooto)

Ikem Odeh and Clapton team-mates celebrate a goal (pic George Phillipou/TGS Phooto)

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Injury-hit Clapton are looking to get back on track as they host Enfield at the Old Spotted Dog this evening.

The Tons go into the clash without several key players including Steven Sardinha, Ryan Reed, Tayo Awoderu, Emmanuel Olajide, Nathan Cook, Lee Slavin, Andy Greenslade and Dylan Ebengo through injury and suspension.

“Our injury list is crippling us,” Manager Jonny Fowell said.

“Tayo has pulled his back out again, Lee Slavin has broken his thumb and pulled his calf muscle.

“Andy is really stiff as he hasn’t played much this season and has been thrown straight in.

“Emmanuel is still out, Ryan Reed is out as well, but Jerry Jairette should be back at least.”

Fowell believes his side have to start turning their season around this week to climb up the Essex Senior League table.

“This is where our season starts and we have got to start getting something out of these games.”

Although he is under no illusion and knows just how strong Enfield can be.

“If they play Josh Sykes up front they will be looking for set plays, throw-ins, free-kicks as he’s strong and likes to on to everything.

“What we need to do is make sure we don’t give anything silly away and if we do that we’re aware.”

Fowell also believes his side need to start concertrating on their own performance and worry less about the opposition.

“Personally I think we’ve got to start worrying about what we’re doing and start stepping up like we did last season.

“Every game is a like a cup final for us now and we need to start climbing that table.”

Kick-off at 7.45pm at the Old Spotted Dog.

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