Walther seeks more Clapton consistency
PUBLISHED: 12:30 15 May 2015
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Tons boss discusses what needs to happen next season for them to continue improving
Clapton manager Michael Walther has learned a great deal from the 2014/15 campaign and believes it will help Tons to success next season.
The Old Spotted Dog outfit finished runners-up in the Gordon Brasted Memorial Trophy and the Essex Senior League Cup this year.
Barking beat them 4-2 in the first final on May 2 before Bowers & Pitsea thrashed them 7-1 last weekend in the League Cup.
It meant Walther’s side ended the year with no silverware, but he believes they know who they need to keep in the summer.
A problem for Clapton this season has been players being available on a consistent basis – that hampered them against Bowers.
Walter said: “Jerome Martelli and Fahad Nyanja were just not available for the final last Sunday, I wouldn’t say anymore than that.
“For us now it is about trying to keep the core set of players that have kept us together throughout the season.
“We have learned this year which ones are reliable, which are unreliable and who has a good attitude and who hasn’t.
“I believe we have shown we can get results and win games and now we just need to recruit the right kind of characters to add to the core that we have got.”
Although Walther feels the season was a success, he insists others wanted Clapton to achieve more.
However last season was the first time Tons have finished in the top half of the Essex Senior League since joining for the 2006/07 season.
And coming eighth this campaign is the best they have ever achieved in this division – also factor in that they qualified for two finals too and it has been a memorable year.
“The problem is different people have different expectations,” added Walther.
“If we are realistic then I think it has been a good season. If people think we should have won the league and done something else, well I don’t know where those expectations come from.
“I don’t see no reason why we can’t move on from this in a positive way, it would just be nice to get a more consistent set of bodies because that is how you get team pattern.
“You could see Bowers pattern in the League Cup final, you could see their structure where as at times for us we looked like a team playing without structure due to missing bodies.”
Walther will hope to put that right next season.
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