Clapton suffer defeat on Old Spotted Dog return

PUBLISHED: 09:00 05 December 2018

A Woodford Town player loses the battle for a header with a Clapton rival (pic: Tim Edwards).

A Woodford Town player loses the battle for a header with a Clapton rival (pic: Tim Edwards).


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.

Latest Newham Stories


Wapping head into the Christmas break five points clear at the top of the East Premier A table after a 1-0 win over nearest rivals Harleston Magpies at Lee Valley Hockey & Tennis Centre.

Valley Hockey & Tennis Centre

St Bonaventure’s year 10 handball team bagged the top prize at the borough’s Handball Cup competition.


With less than a fortnight to go before the big day, donations are mounting for the appeal.

Forest Gate

The former Stevenage midfielder is slowly building up his fitness after a difficult summer on the sidelines

Charlie Lee

Local paper journalists may not get to review West End musicals or critique Michelin star restaurants – but they do get to enjoy the festive spectacle that is the local pantomime.


Clapton manager Jonny Fowell wants his side to bounce back when they take on Enfield at the Old Spotted Dog this evening.

Essex Senior League

Newham Council shook up its Christmas lunch service this month to help elderly residents beat the winter blues.

Stephen Timms


Have you spent time as an unpaid carer? If you are over the age of 25 and living in Newham, the Working for Carers scheme can help you take the first steps back to employment.

Hanson Fernandes’ journey began in 2015 when he arrived in London from Goa, India.

Newsletter Sign Up

Newham Recorder twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read sport

Hot Jobs

Show Job Lists

Education Promo

Digital Edition


Enjoy the
Newham Recorder
e-edition today


Education and Training


Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now