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Nurse wants Tons to end with a bang

PUBLISHED: 16:00 01 April 2015

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Clapton face Hullbridge Sports and Takeley over next week

Clapton assistant manager Marc Nurse is targeting at least nine points from their final six Essex Senior League games of the season.

They visit Hullbridge Sports tomorrow (Thursday) before welcoming Takeley to the Old Spotted Dog on Tuesday.

And Nurse wants them to end the campaign with more success, especially with crowds increasing by the week.

“Hullbridge lost 7-1 to Haringey Borough, but that is nothing,” said Nurse. “That was just a little blip for them.

“You just don’t know what you will get in this league either.

“But we have six games left so if we can get nine or 12 points out of that then we can start all over again next year positive.”

Clapton lost 1-0 to Enfield on Saturday, but 432 people watched – an astonishing attendance for the Essex Senior League and more than any in the Ryman North or Ryman South. Only two Ryman Premier games had bigger crowds.

“It was absolutely amazing and the ground was fully packed,” added Nurse.

“Unfortunately the game wasn’t right for us as we lost 1-0. We dominated, but couldn’t put the ball in the back of the net.

“Enfield played really well, they defended strongly and their game plan was to sit deep and get us on the counter attack and it worked.”

Lewis Page scored five minutes from time to defeat Clapton, but the attendance was the main talking point.

Nurse added: “It is starting to snowball and I hope the club can manage that. It is all well being ready for 80 to 90 people, but 432 is different.

“I hope they are prepared because the players get a huge lift from that kind of support.”

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