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Tons number two targets cup progress

PUBLISHED: 12:00 02 February 2016

Clapton assistant manager Andre Thomas (left) looks on (pic: Shelly Williams/Clapton FC).

Clapton assistant manager Andre Thomas (left) looks on (pic: Shelly Williams/Clapton FC).

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Andre Thomas hopes Clapton can achieve success against Burnham twice this week

Clapton assistant manager Andre Thomas hopes they go back to Burnham Ramblers this weekend seeking another positive result, not targeting revenge.

The Tons travel to Leslie Field’s tonight (Tuesday) before going back there again on Saturday for the second meeting between the teams in the space of a few days.

This evening they take on Ramblers in the last eight of the Essex Senior League Challenge Cup while at the weekend they face on the same opposition in the division.

It should prove to be a difficult period for the east Londoners, but Thomas is confident they can progress to the semi-finals of the cup.

He said: “Burnham away twice in a week isn’t ideal. It is a lot of travelling for the boys, but to have the opportunity to progress in the cup is one that should excite them.

“It will be difficult going there on the Saturday, regardless of the result on Tuesday, but hopefully we will be travelling back to Burnham attempting to get another positive result rather than seeking revenge.”

Clapton visit Burnham in good form having achieved a goalless draw with local rivals Ilford last weekend in front of 103 fans at Cricklefields Stadium.

Pape Diagne impressed in goal for the Tons as they finished off the first month of the year with another positive result.

Michael Walther’s men lost to Sawbridgeworth Town 2-1 on January 9, but beat London Bari and Wadham Lodge without conceding a goal.

Thomas added: “It was a point well earned on Saturday, Pape was in inspired form and deserved his clean sheet. I think we used up all of the goals at the Old Spotted Dog in the reverse game, which finished 3-3.

“Since the start of the new year that’s our third clean sheet from four league games, taking seven points from a possible 12 so a solid return.

“Derby days are always going to be cagey affairs so it is pleasing in a month where we have had three, we have managed to keep three clean sheets.”

Clapton will look to take that type of form into February and have an opportunity to keep up their momentum at Burnham tonight.


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