Clapton boss Fowell keen to pay Stansted back and keep recent winning streak going

PUBLISHED: 11:00 09 February 2018

Nathan Cook of Clapton (right) returned to action from four months on the sidelines with a broken collarbone (Pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Nathan Cook of Clapton (right) returned to action from four months on the sidelines with a broken collarbone (Pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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Clapton will be looking to extend their winning run to five games and get some payback on in-form Stansted after suffering a 5-1 defeat last time out.

The Tons make the trip to Hargrave Park on Saturday (3pm) and will be keen for revenge over Paul Pittuck’s men.

Manager Jonny Fowell admits it’s a must-win match for his men and only three points will be good enough.

“It’s a massive game, we have to get the three points,” he said.

“If someone was to say ‘would you take a point right now?’ I would say no as a point will not be beneficial and we’ve got to put pressure on the teams above us.

“There is no pressure on us now with our league position, but we need to go on a run to keep up on the top.”

Fowell, who was absent from their 5-1 defeat to their opponents at The Old Spotted Dog earlier this month, admits they have to show up, adding: “I didn’t see the game, but I know we didn’t have out strongest 11 out.

“No excuses, but when you don’t have your best team out against an in-form team, it never normally goes well.

“We just didn’t turn up and almost felt we were going to win it by the sounds of it.

“We now know it’s not going to be an easy game, but we also know it’s not going to be an easy game for them.”

Goalkeeper Richie Robins left Clapton this week to join Stansted and they will be coming up against his and a few other familiar faces this weekend.

“I haven’t had the chance to watch them yet this season, so I don’t know a lot about them,” said Fowell.

“Richie left and joined them, they’ve got Ryan Ramsey, who I worked with at Harlow under-21s.”

The Tons could be boosted for the clash by the returns of Greg Akpele, Zach Miller and Andy Greenslade, while Nathan Cook featured in last weekend’s 2-1 victory against Enfield after four months on the sidelines.

“Nathan is a great lad and has a great attitude, so it’s good to have him back,” said Fowell, who also revealed his men will not stop fighting despite being 14 points behind leaders Redbridge.

“There is still a long way to go, we’ve played a lot more than some of the teams, but they’ve still got to play those games and speaking from experience when the games start coming thick and fast it gets harder,” he added.

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