Clapton suffer defeat on Old Spotted Dog return
PUBLISHED: 09:00 05 December 2018
Essex Senior League: Clapton 1 Walthamstow 3
Clapton were back at their Old Spotted Dog home on Tuesday night, but it could not stop them losing 3-1 to Walthamstow in the Essex Senior League.
The Stags proved too strong for Jonny Fowell’s team and two second-half goals gave them a deserved victory.
After almost two months away from the Old Spotted Dog, Clapton returned to their home for the visit of local rivals Walthamstow.
The Tons had been forced to play games at Aveley’s Parkside Stadium while a new strip of turf took time to bed in to their pitch in Forest Gate.
Before Tuesday, Clapton’s last match at the Old Spotted Dog was a 5-2 loss to high-flying Stansted on October 6 and since then the east Londoners had played 11 times mainly away or at Parkside.
The visit of Walthamstow provided them with a chance to try and enjoy some home comforts again, but the visitors claimed the spoils.
After missing a plethora of opportunities, the Stags finally went ahead just before the break when Dwade James remained alert, turned well and smashed into the top corner from a tight angle.
Clapton players appealed for offside and even some of Walthamstow’s team stopped, but the goal was allowed to stand.
Fowell’s men were not complaining for long, though, as in first half stoppage time they produced a timely leveller.
It was 1-1 at the break, but the score didn’t remain that way for long as minutes into the restart the away side went back in front.
Reece Conway worked a yard of space and managed to curl impressively into the bottom corner from the edge of the area to give Walthamstow the lead again.
The Stags pushed for a third and it duly arrived in the final exchanges of the game as James’ cross was fired home by Ryan Ramsey to conclude the scoring.
Clapton’s defeat sees them drop to 14th in the table, but they will hope to return to winning ways on Saturday away to St Margaretsbury, who are 10th and only four points ahead of the Tons having played one game more than them.