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Tons targeting two cup finals

PUBLISHED: 16:00 22 April 2015

The Clapton fans celebrate after Stansted game (pic: Keely Moore)

The Clapton fans celebrate after Stansted game (pic: Keely Moore)

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Clapton's assistant manager praises supporters and players after semi-final success

Clapton assistant manager Marc Nurse (pic: Keely Moore).Clapton assistant manager Marc Nurse (pic: Keely Moore).

The incredible support of Essex Senior League side Clapton have a final to look forward too, but assistant manager Marc Nurse wants to give them another big day out.

Tons beat champions Haringey Borough 1-0 last Thursday in the semi-finals of the Gordon Brasted Memorial Trophy to set up a meet with rivals Barking at Burnham’s Leslie Field on May 2.

But the Old Spotted Dog side also play Blues in the last four of the Essex Senior League Cup on Tuesday (April 28), and Clapton’s number two is targeting success against Barking in the coming weeks.

“It is a bizarre situation,” said Nurse when asked about facing their final opponents twice in a week.

Honours finished even when Clapton and Barking met at the Old Spotted Dog back in September (pic: Terry Gilbert)Honours finished even when Clapton and Barking met at the Old Spotted Dog back in September (pic: Terry Gilbert)

“But we need to get our heads around it and focus on beating Barking on Tuesday, beating them again in the final and then winning the other final. It sounds simple like that!

“We have to go strong in the semi-final because we want to win that game too.

“This season we have played Barking twice, so we know what they are about and they know what we are about. We know their strengths and weaknesses so there is nothing to hide.”

And Nurse wants to give the “amazing” Tons fans another final, adding: “If we beat Barking we’ll have the final on the Saturday and then another final.

Barking beat Clapton 1-0 when the sides met at Mayesbrook Park in January (pic: Terry Gilbert)Barking beat Clapton 1-0 when the sides met at Mayesbrook Park in January (pic: Terry Gilbert)

“That would be nice, it would be lovely for the fans to have that and the club.

“Against Haringey the fans were amazing and without them we wouldn’t be where we are. That support was just amazing and they were like the 12th man, well like the 11th man on that occasion.”

Tons supporters were their 11th man because Jerry Jariette was sent off during the first half for deliberate hand ball.

Fortunately Haringey missed their resulting penalty and were unable to find a response to Fahad Nyanja’s 15th minute strike.

Nurse added: “The boys worked extremely hard. We were dominant when it was 11 v 11 and we got the goal.

“We had one or two chances to get another, but Haringey dominated for a little spell afterwards and we had Jerry saving the day.

“It panned out that way because we were actually better 10 v 11 and we kept going for it.

“We could have won by further if Nyanja had connected properly with a chance about 15 minutes before the end.

“Haringey had a few chances after that, but we defended really well and we are so proud of the boys. They all rolled their sleeves up.”

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