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Thomas draws on positives

PUBLISHED: 13:00 26 April 2016

Stansted's goalkeeper looks to stop Clapton scoring (pic: Ellie Hoskins).

Stansted's goalkeeper looks to stop Clapton scoring (pic: Ellie Hoskins).

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Clapton and Stansted played out entertaining draw at weekend

Action from Clapton's clash with Stansted at the Old Spotted Dog (pic: Ellie Hoskins).Action from Clapton's clash with Stansted at the Old Spotted Dog (pic: Ellie Hoskins).

Clapton number two Andre Thomas praised the mentality of his players despite seeing them lost a two-goal lead in their final league match of the season.

Tons, playing their third match in the space of five days, welcome Stansted to the Old Spotted Dog for the last fixture of the Essex Senior League campaign.

Goals from Tony Cookey and Warren Mfula put the hosts two up at half time, but the Airportmen hit back after the break and salvaged a 2-2 draw.

It means Clapton end the season on 67 points and are currently sixth in the table which pleased their assistant manager.

“Saturday was a difficult one, it was our third fixture in five days, it was end of the season and it was also against our fellow Gordon Brasted Memorial Trophy finalist so there was a lot to deal with mentally,” said Thomas.

“We started superbly and went into the break 2-0 up so it was a bit frustrating to lose that lead.

“However, in hindsight, it’s not too bad. If we were offered seven points from a possible nine having played three games in five days, we would have happily taken that.”

As Thomas alluded too, what made the weekend clash even more difficult is that Clapton and Stansted will face each other again on Saturday.

The pair will go head-to-head in the final of the Gordon Brasted Memorial Trophy which made the fixture at the Old Spotted Dog difficult on a number of levels.

But Tons number two admitted the game finishing a draw just makes Saturday’s clash even harder to predict.

“I think for both teams, last weekend was part party and part preparation. Both sides had players that won’t be involved in the cup final,” added Thomas.

“From that point of view, it’s always nice to get them involved in the last game of the season in front of the fans, but we then also tried to see what we could possibly do with players that will be involved this Saturday.

“It’s already difficult to say what bearing the result would have had on the final, it makes it even harder as it was a draw. It means everything is still on an even playing field.”

The Tons will have an eye on Wadham Lodge’s match against Sawbridgeworth Town tonight too as victory for Lodge would see Clapton drop to seventh in the table.


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