Clapton assistant Wayne Seal disappointed to crash out of the FA Vase

PUBLISHED: 16:30 23 October 2017

Clapton manager Jonny Fowell shakes hands with his new assistant Wayne Seal (Pic: Clapton Football)

Clapton manager Jonny Fowell shakes hands with his new assistant Wayne Seal (Pic: Clapton Football)


Clapton assistant manager Wayne Seal is disappointed to see his side crash out of the FA Vase with a 3-2 defeat to London Lions.

The Tons travelled to Rowley Lane to face the Spartan South Midlands Football League in the first round of the cup competition as the ties favourites only to be upset by their opponents.

“I’m massively disappointed,” Seal said.

“London Lions are a Step Six side so they were seen as the underdogs before the match.

“It was just one of those days where we were just not good enough.”

The hosts led on 18 minutes when Adam Burchell slotted home after Austin Lipman threaded a defence splitting pass through to him and it was two when Charlie Kasler slotted home after a gift from the Clapton defence four minutes into the second half.

Clapton pulled one back to threaten a comeback but Lions immediately restored their two goal lead when Kyte held the ball up and released Burchell for his second and although the Tons netted a second late on it was too little too late.

“The boys didn’t seem fired up enough to go out and win the game and then after the game they were gutted to have lost.

“Essentially it come down to individual mistakes and fair play to them they took every opportunity we gave them and probably deserved the win.”

Seal also admitted it’s never nice to be knocked out of any cup competition.

“No one wants to be knocked out of a cup competition especially the Vase as it’s a good chance for the players to try getting to Wembley.”

The newly-appointed assistant took his place in the dug out for the first time since joining the club in their 3-1 victory against Sporting Bengal United last week.

“My first game was last Wednesday away to Sporting Bengal,” he said.

“That was my first opportunity to work with the players and see what I thought of the team.

“I know there are a few injuries, so I still need to get to know all the players but I know the core now at least.”

The former Ilford and Witham first-team coach worked alongside Jonny Fowell as his assistant for Enfield Town under-21s in 2015.

“Jon and I have known each other for a long time and I wouldn’t say he’s been badging me, but he’s been on my case to work with him again for quite a while.

“I’ve been to a few games and seen the team already as I came along more as a friend at the time and decided to join a few weeks ago.”


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