London Bari manager Chris Davis felt Clapton's experience was crucial in FA Cup extra-preliminary round tie
PUBLISHED: 13:30 09 August 2016
The east Londoners have endured a tough start to the new campaign, but remain confident of doing well again this year
London Bari manager Chris Davis felt his youngsters’ lack of experience was the difference during their FA Cup extra-preliminary round tie with Clapton.
The two Old Spotted Dog clubs did battle in the famous old competition and it was the Tons who triumphed 3-1.
Recce Hewitt opened the scoring after just a minute for Clapton and it remained that way until half time.
Senou Kone equalised for Bari after the break, but further goals from Freddie Morris and Fahad Nyanja enabled the visitors to progress.
“I think in the end we fell to a more experience team, we have a few new players that are only 16 or 17-years-old,” said Davis.
“They are not mentally strong enough to cope and we didn’t know Clapton had added some experienced players.
“We started really slow and conceded a goal after about 20 seconds – I hadn’t even taken my seat as I was still coming out of the changing room. We tried to come back and around this time Clapton were two steps behind us until we equalised.
“I was annoyed in the end, but we lost to the more experienced team, not the better side. I think we will only get better after this game and it will help us in the long run this season.”
Bari have lost their opening two matches of the new campaign after going down 2-1 at Takeley last Tuesday.
The east Londoners made the trip to Station Road and gave away a penalty early on, which Paul Tiffen converted.
Gareth Jones levelled in the 65th minute, much to the delight of Davis, but Takeley won another themselves another spot-kick.
Mitchell Das found the net and Bari didn’t have enough time to respond and lost their league opener.
Davis added: “The Takeley match was the same as Saturday’s against Clapton because we conceded after only two minutes.
“After that we created chance after chance and then they go down the other end and win a penalty.
“They sat back afterwards and although we lost the match, I still believe we can have a positive season.
“I think we will have a few teething problems because we have added new players and still trying to make them all gel. They are enthusiastic and I feel this season will be a little bit better than our previous campaign.”
Bari have endured a tough start to the season with Takely’s potential clear with them sitting at the top of the standings.
Clapton are expected to be a force again this year, but Davis admitted it could have been worst for the Old Spotted Dog outfit.
He added: “It might have been an even tougher start because we were meant to play our first game of the season against Sawbridgeworth Town.
“We’ve already spoke about the first two or three weeks of the campaign and said it’s going to be tough.
“How we get on this season will depend on how we cope with the first couple of weeks of the season I think.”