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Nurse certain Clapton can ease past Enfield

PUBLISHED: 10:30 17 March 2015

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Tons assistant previews this evenings cup tie and discusses 4-3 victory against Basildon United

Clapton assistant manager Marc Nurse is extremely confident ahead of tonight’s Gordon Brasted Memorial Trophy quarter-final clash with Enfield 1893.

Tons are in good form having defeated Basildon United 4-3 on Saturday and triumphed in a six-goal thriller against Greenhouse London last week.

And with the Clapton Ultras roaring them on at the Old Spotted Dog, Nurse sees no reason why they can’t book a spot in the last four of the competition.

“Normally on a midweek you get about 80 or 90 fans, which is great anyway so hopefully we have a few after seeing us win on Saturday,” said Nurse.

“We are very proud of the fans and I am confident we can get a result. Our old coach will be back as well - Stuart Purcell. He is back in the fold so that will help.

“The club are in two cups and we want to win at least one. We are in the semi-final’s of the other cup and quarter’s of this one.

“We are expecting to win and I am confident we can beat Enfield.”

Clapton would have been buoyed by Saturday’s success against Basildon, which places them ninth in the Essex Senior League

Nurse might not have been able to witness their seven-goal thriller, but he heard all about it.

He had a family matter to attend to, but was pleased to hear of the outstanding attendance at the Old Spotted Dog and the excellent result.

331 people turned up to watch goals from Jamie Lyndon, Shomari Barnwell and two from Fahad Nyanja earn Tons a terrific 4-3 victory – their 15th league success of the campaign.

Nurse said: “I wasn’t there, but I heard it was an up and down game. We were winning 2-0 quite comfortably.

“Basildon pulled one back before half time to make it 2-1 and they have then got two more to go 3-2 ahead before we responded.

“It does sound like a good game, but I couldn’t go because my partner and I are having a baby and we had the scan on Saturday. Some things are more important than football.”

Nurse praised matchwinner Nyanja and conceded his talent means he could easily play further up the divisions.

He added: “Fahad is a great player and he is now playing up front, which helps.

“He has so much ability and could play at a higher level. I think he has 21 goals now this season and he hasn’t had his break yet, but he will get it.”

For more reaction from Nurse on Saturday’s win and the incredible support of the Clapton Ultras see this week’s Newham Recorder.

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