Tons looking to take second final chance
PUBLISHED: 10:00 07 May 2015
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Old Spotted Dog outfit have another opportunity to win silverware this weekend
Clapton assistant manager Marc Nurse wants his players to use last weekend’s cup final heartache to inspire a first trophy win since 1989 when they contest the Essex Senior League Cup final against Bowers & Pitsea on Sunday.
Tons were on the wrong end of a six-goal thriller in the Gordon Brasted Memorial Trophy final at Burnham’s Leslie Field as Barking won 4-2 on Saturday.
James Briggs and Jake Stevens netted for Michael Walther and Nurse’s team, but local rivals Blues ran out winners.
Now Clapton’s number two is eager for glory at Great Wakering Rovers’ Burroughs Park.
“The players must learn from what happened against Barking on Saturday,” said Nurse.
“Watching them celebrate will hopefully be in the minds of our players and they’ll give 100 per cent against Bowers.
“Hopefully next weekend we can give the fans something to be proud of and get the result that they want, and the result we want as a club. Fingers crossed, but again you never know what is going to happen in a cup final.”
Although disappointed Tons did not pick up a first bit of silverware for 26 years last weekend, Nurse is happy with how the club is progressing and believes the future is positive.
Clapton finished eighth in the Essex Senior League this year, after finishing their campaign with a 4-1 defeat at Takeley.
It is the highest they have finished since joining the division in 2006/07. Tons spent their first seven seasons in the league in the bottom three, except for 2007/08 when they came 11th.
But things have picked up for the Old Spotted Dog outfit over the last two years as they finished 10th last season and have followed it up again this year.
“I’m proud of the boys and where we’ve come from, so many years of not doing anything in the Essex Senior League other than coming bottom,” added Nurse.
“I’m happy we are progressing in the right way. I know it is disappointing when you lose a final, but this is a step forward with where the club is going and what the players are doing, so I am happy.
“The players are obviously all disappointed because they wanted to go out there and win the cup, but we have got plenty of time to be in many other cup finals and this is a step in the right direction.”
A sour note in the final against Barking was an injury sustained by Abs Jarriette early on.
Nurse added: “Jerry is doing all right. He has got a broken arm so I wouldn’t say he is on the mend, but he will be there on Sunday watching us.”
Jarriette and the Clapton Ultras will now be hoping to see their side celebrating come full time at Burroughs Park on Sunday.
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