Tons must try again
PUBLISHED: 09:42 20 August 2013 | UPDATED: 09:42 20 August 2013
FA Cup, extra preliminary round: Clapton 0 Stanway Rovers 0
Clapton must travel to Stanway for an FA Cup replay tomorrow (Wednesday) after their extra preliminary round tie ended in a goalless stalemate at the Old Spotted Dog on Saturday.
Stanway had most of the early chances but failed to take them.
Only 11 minutes had been played when Matt Tacey almost scored an own goal as he tried to clear aalow cross from Chris Thomas. Luckily for Clapton, the clearance hit the post and the ball was cleared.
The hosts went close late in the first half when John Hughes hit the crossbar with a cross-cum-shot but clear-cut scoring chances were at a premium for the most part.
Stanway’s Ryan Ince saw his shot from outside the box superbly blocked by Pape Diagne, as Clapton’s fans tried to liven proceedings with a series of songs and chants.
And Clapton took their time getting into the game in the second half as Stanway looked for a vital goal.
Adam Brotherton tried his luck from range but Diagne knew it was coming and made a good save.
Then, 12 minutes into the second half, Stanway’s captain Michael Filzgibbon got involved in an attack, but his shot was well wide.
Clapton then started to create more of the chances and had more possession, with Abs Jariette having penalty appeals waved away on 71 minutes.
The best chance for a winner fell to Jariette, who tried his luck from range but saw his shot rattle the crossbar.
And despite both teams upping their game in the closing stages, neither could find a winner and must try again.
Clapton: Diagne, Kanior, Hughes, Briggs, Greenwood, Tacey, Matthews, Read, Coulson, Jariette, Pooley. Subs: Rungay, Boetang, Alleyne, Jones, Moore, Arundel, Naylor.
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