Walther frustrated after Clapton lose another cup final
PUBLISHED: 17:00 11 May 2015
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Tons boss reflects on 7-1 defeat, missing players and strength of Bowers
Clapton manager Michael Walther was frustrated after watching his team suffer a heavy defeat to Bowers & Pitsea in the final of the Essex Senior League Cup yesterday.
The contest at Great Wakering Rovers Burroughs Park remained goalless until the 24th minute, but Vince Durrant opened the scoring.
Rob Whitnell doubled the advantage when he put in the rebound after Pepe Diagne had excellently tipped his penalty kick onto the crossbar.
Tons unfortunately couldn’t get a foothold in the game afterwards and Luke Wilson ensured it was 3-0 to Bowers at half time.
Durrant scored twice more in the second period to complete his hat-trick, whilst Whitnell also scored again alongside an excellent strike by Ashley Wackers-Kyriacou.
Jake Stevens did pull one back for the Old Spotted Dog side midway through the second to give their supporters something to celebrate, but it was the Essex club that were celebrating come full time following a 7-1 win.
Abs Jarriette missed the final for the east Londoners through injury, but key duo Fahad Nyanja and Jerome Martelli were unavailable.
Walter said: “A problem we have as a club is we don’t have a continuous set of bodies every week.
“If you go through Bowers team sheets throughout the season, they have the same set of bodies week after week. They are all 100 per cent fit and raring to go where as we struggle to achieve that kind of consistency.
“We were missing two guys in Nyanja and Martelli, two big guys as well and that makes everything unstable.
“You try to put a team out and it is like tossing paper up in the air and seeing how the names fall out because it affects you when you have a limited set of players like we have.”
Clapton had a young team out for the final and that could have contributed towards the large margin of defeat alongside the quality of Bowers.
Walther felt the first half goals also allowed their final opponents to relax and play their natural game in the second period – which contributed towards Tons conceding four more times in front of 452 supporters at Burroughs Park.
He added: “We go in at half time and you think two of the goals have come from set pieces so they didn’t really cut us open at that point.
“Obviously once they are 3-0 up, they come out for the second half and they open us up a bit more and you see their ability going forward.
“From our point of view we have got an 18-year-old centre back, a 19-year-old centre back next to him and a 16-year-old coming on.
“Also the fans were superb, they were really excellent. When you are 5-1 down they are still cheering, and then it goes to 6-1 and they are still cheering.”
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