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Thomas hopes Clapton can ground Airportmen in final

PUBLISHED: 18:30 28 April 2016

Clapton's James Briggs celebrates after scoring a free kick (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO).

Clapton's James Briggs celebrates after scoring a free kick (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO).

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After finishing the league campaign in seventh, Tons will hope to end season with silverware

Clapton assistant manager Andre Thomas admits winning the Gordon Brasted Memorial Trophy this weekend would be the perfect way to finish their brilliant season.

The Tons face Stansted on Saturday seven days after drawing 2-2 with the same opposition at the Old Spotted Dog.

It was their final match in the Essex Senior League this year and ensured they finish with 67 points – a fine achievement.

Ahead of the final at Burnham’s Leslie Field this weekend, Thomas admits a victory would cap off the campaign perfectly, but insisted it has been another memorable season.

He said: “Stansted are a good, solid team and we have to respect them as they’ve made their way to the final like ourselves.

“It’s been a great season for the club, finishing with our highest points tally since we’ve been in the Essex Senior League.

“We need to remember that, but of course winning silverware would be the icing on the cake. However, I think it’s important that we don’t forget that this season has been a very good one, our best to date.”

If Clapton are to win against the Airportmen this weekend, you would imagine their ‘Ultras’ will play a huge part on the day.

A crowd of 407 were at the Old Spotted Dog on Saturday to see Tons draw with Stansted.

Tony Cookey and Warren Mfula put the home side two up at the break, before the visitors fought back after half time to earn a 2-2 draw following a late equaliser.

Thomas admitted the players will now be desperate to make their fans proud on Saturday, adding: “The Ultras will be our 12th player on the day. They always have been and hopefully always will be.

“I find myself running out of adjectives to describe them. They follow us home and away, on a sunny Saturday or a rainy Tuesday so it’s great they will be travelling to a neutral venue for the final.

“They deserve it and winning the cup for them would be everything. We aim to make them proud, whatever happens.”

Saturday’s draw with Stansted ensured Tons finished their league campaign unbeaten in four. They beat Takeley 4-2 at Station Road last Tuesday, with Cookey scoring twice and Sherwin Stanley also hitting a brace.

Clapton followed that up with a 2-1 success at Waltham Forest last Thursday, following goals from Mfula and Paul Oshin before they took a point on Saturday.

Thomas added: “We were very pleased with how we ended our league campaign. I think 67 points is a very good return and to be unbeaten in our last four matches shows we didn’t switch off once we knew we’d hit our 60-point target.”

Now Clapton will aim to finish their season with silverware.


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