‘Silly’ goals cost Clapton

PUBLISHED: 12:00 02 December 2011

SPT WK48-11 Wilfred Thomas

SPT WK48-11 Wilfred Thomas

Clapton boss Wilfred Thomas believes his squad have got to stop conceding ‘silly’ goals if they are to start picking up the points their effort deserves.

Thomas has been happy with their performances, which included a narrow 2-1 defeat to current Essex Senior League champions Enfield 1893 on Saturday, with F Navanja on the scoresheet after they fell two goals behind to efforts from Tom Dawkins and Elliott Crosbie.

They lost by the same scoreline last Tuesday against Eton Manor, despite playing with nine men for the first half because of late arrivals and the Tons boss has bemoaned their ability to concede sloppy goals at vital times.

“Three points were there for the taking on Saturday,” he said.

“We dominated the second half, we hit the bar, hit the post and had one cleared off the line, so they can count themselves fortunate.

“Technically all the players are there, but they haven’t been able to put it all together in one game.

“When they all turn up the game is there for the taking, but we keep on conceding silly goals at crucial times.

“But on the whole I have been reasonably happy with the performances of late, and they have shown a great deal of promise. That’s two games on the trot now that we have lost 2-1. We played with nine men at Eton Manor for the first half because some of the players didn’t get on the right train. But we again should have got something from that one.”

Now Thomas prepares his side for a trip to Barkingside this weekend, and admits they are going into the unknown.

“It is our first game against them this year, so I don’t know much about them,” he said.

“But they have had a change in manager and I am sure they’ll be a challenge.”

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