Clapton boss Fowell wants his men to bounce back against Stansted
PUBLISHED: 16:00 12 January 2018
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Clapton boss Jonny Fowell wants his side to get back on track against Stansted as they chase down the Essex Senior League leaders.
The Tons welcome the strugglers to The Old Spotted Dog on Saturday (3pm) as they look to bounce back after suffering a 1-0 defeat to Waltham Forest last weekend.
Fowell’s men currently sit sixth in the table, but are now 14 points behind leaders Redbridge and the manager admits it’s time to knuckle down.
“There is still a long way to go in the season, but I think it’s now Redbridge or Romania’s to throw away,” said Fowell.
“We just have to keep fighting on until it’s mathematically impossible.
“Hopefully we can get ourselves back on track now as we need to start picking up points as we’re now playing catch up.”
Former Enfield under-21s coach Fowell revealed he does not know too much about their opponents but expects a tough test for his men.
“To be honest all I know about them is they’ve got a lot of players in from the Essex Olympian League,” added Fowell.
“I don’t know too much about that league other than Buckhurst Hill because one of my mates is the manager there.
“I do know it’s going to be a difficult game as everyone wants to beat Clapton in this division.”
Fowell also admitted it’s time to stamp out the lack of discipline amongst his squad after four first-team players failed to show up on time to their defeat to Waltham Forest, played in front of a crowd of 208 at Wadham Lodge Stadium.
“I only want players who want to give 100 per cent for the team,” he said.
“If players can’t turn up on time they will not be playing from now on and I’ll stick them on the bench.”
Although the Tons are still short on numbers due to injuries, which have cost them dearly throughout the campaign, they could be boosted by the return of Zachery Miller, but that will depend on a late fitness test.
“We have still got a few players coming back from injury, Zach could be back and we’ll try and get a few players fit in time,” said Fowell.