Walther's Clapton ready for Robins fixture

PUBLISHED: 13:00 07 January 2016

Clapton manager Michael Walther (pic: George Philipou/TGS Photo).

Clapton manager Michael Walther (pic: George Philipou/TGS Photo).

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London Bari make trip to play League Two side AFC Wimbledon in London Senior Cup

Clapton welcome Sawbridgeworth Town to the Old Spotted Dog this weekend looking to extend their good Essex Senior League form.

The Tons suffered a six-match losing streak in November through to the beginning of December.

But after beating Waltham Forest 4-1 on December 12, they have drawn with Sporting Bengal United and beat London Bari 1-0 last Saturday.

Full back Abdeen Abdul scored the only goal of the game between the two Old Spotted Dog teams.

It ensured Michael Walther’s men claimed the bragging rights and moved up to eighth in the table with 33 points from 22 matches.

Clapton’s assistant manager Andre Thomas was pleased with the victory, tweeting: “1-0 wins are satisfying when you have shown both sides of how to win 1-0.”

Tons entertain a Sawbridgeworth team that may have finally halted their poor run of form.

Back in November they were top of the table, but last month they lost the three matches they played in all competitions.

The Robins started 2016 with a 2-1 success at Bengal, though, to show they will pose a tough test for Clapton on Saturday.

London Bari have had to wait for the chance to bounce back from their derby loss to the Tons until this weekend.

Chris Davis spoke in the build-up to the game about his players being desperate to beat Clapton.

Unfortunately it wasn’t to be and they have dropped a place in the table as a result, falling to ninth.

Bari would have been hoping to hit back, however, when they were set to travel to Coles Park to take on struggling Greenhouse Sports on Wednesday night.

That match was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch, though, and they were set to face high-flying FC Romania at Theobalds Lane at the weekend, but that match has also been rescheduled.

Instead, Bari will play their London Senior Cup second round tie against League Two side AFC Wimbledon on Saturday.

But although handed home advantage in the draw, Bari have switched the tie to Kingsmeadow and will have the opportunity of playing at a professional stadium.

It is a great chance for Bari to play against a Football League club and the Dons manager Neal Ardley could use some first team players as his side are without a fixture due to their FA Cup exit.

Whoever comes out on top during Saturday’s match will be away to Ryman Premier outfit Dulwich Hamlet in the quarter-finals of the competition.

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