Newham target home comforts

PUBLISHED: 13:30 21 January 2016

The latest news from the Essex Senior League (pic: George Phillipou/TGSPHOTO)

The latest news from the Essex Senior League (pic: George Phillipou/TGSPHOTO)

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Clapton and London Bari both not in action until next week

Newham’s match with Eton Manor in the Essex Senior League last night (Wednesday) at Chadfields was postponed due to a frozen pitch.

The east Londoners were looking to build on the battling point they achieved last weekend, but after a pitch inspection around an hour before kick-off forced it to be called off.

A Manor spokesperson said: “Very disappointed this wasn’t called off earlier. A lot of players left work early to make the game and sat in traffic for an hour - great night!”

Kevin Lucas and Shamrez Darr’s men would have hoped the match could go ahead after they made the trip to bottom club Waltham Forest on Saturday and delivered a battling display.

Things started well for the away side as Bradley Wilson put them ahead with just 11 minutes on the clock, but captain for the afternoon Akil Clarke was shown a straight red card before the half-hour mark.

Forest levelled the scores eight minutes before the break, but Newham battled well in the second half until they gave away a penalty.

Rob Hatton saved the spot-kick to ensure his side picked up a point, which could be vital in the battle to survive this season.

Lucas and Darr’s men are set to entertain FC Romania next this weekend, but that fixture could also be in doubt.

Clapton were meant to be facing Bowers & Pitsea on Saturday, but that has been rescheduled due to their opponents FA Vase match.

Michael Walther’s men played Redbridge on Tuesday night in the second round of the London Senior Cup at Oakside.

They were unable to cause an upset against the Ryman North team and exited the competition following a 2-1 loss.

Tons did manage to defeat Wadham Lodge 2-0 last weekend, however, with substitutes James Briggs and Roddy Lemba on target.

Clapton assistant manager Andre Thomas said: “Top performance from the boys. Result was fully deserved, the starting 11 kept us in it, kept creating chances and the subs helped us win it.”

London Bari’s fixture at Basildon last weekend was postponed and they do not play again until January 27.

Chris Davis’ men sealed a fine 3-1 success over Sporting Bengal United last Wednesday (January 13) as Andy Greenslade hit a brace and Junior Decker also struck.

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