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Clapton assistant manager Seal wants to bounce back against Sporting Bengal

PUBLISHED: 10:00 23 February 2018

Clapton in action against Takeley (Pic: Tim Edwards)

Clapton in action against Takeley (Pic: Tim Edwards)

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Clapton assistant manager Wayne Seal wants his men to bounce back against local rivals Sporting Bengal United this weekend.

Clapton in action against Takeley (Pic: Tim Edwards)Clapton in action against Takeley (Pic: Tim Edwards)

The Tons welcome Imrul Gazi’s men to the Old Spotted Dog on Saturday (3pm) as they look to get back on a run after falling to a 1-0 defeat to Takeley last weekend.

Jonny Fowell and Seal’s men currently sit sixth in the table and are hoping to keep chasing down the top five in the Essex Senior League.

“It’s another home game and a chance to put things right from the Takeley defeat,” Seal said.

“The expectation from our point of view is to go out there, win the game and get as high up the league as possible.”

Seal praised Gazi for watching them against Takeley and admits it will be a tough test as Bengal will be desperate for points.

“I know their manager came to watch our last game as he posted on social media that he came,” he added.

“They’re in a dog fight, they’ve got some good individual players, but every point at this stage means everything to them.

“What we’re expecting is a highly technical team, in my opinion they’re a very good group of individuals, whether that makes you a good team or not is different.

“I’m not saying this with any disrespect, but they’re in a dog fight.”

Former Witham Town coach Seal admits anything could happen with the league yet as the top five have all got to play each other.

“Anyone can beat anyone on their day in this league, the league is such a rollercoaster of a league,” he said.

“Great Wakering drew with Redbridge, Romania have got to play Wakering and Basildon, and we’ve got to play Basildon and Redbridge, so if we can get back to winning ways as soon as possible, it give us a chance.”

The Tons could also be bolstered by the return of winger Ryan Reed on a more permanent basis from Bostik North side Barking, with Seal adding: “We hopefully might be having Ryan Reed on a bit more of a permanent basis.

“It will be great to get ‘Reedy’ back. Not only do we know him, he knows all of the boys so it’s an easy transition.”

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