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Clapton set to rotate squad for cup clash against Southend Manor

PUBLISHED: 15:00 07 November 2017

Clapton manager Jon Fowell (left) and former assistant Andre Thomas look on (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Clapton manager Jon Fowell (left) and former assistant Andre Thomas look on (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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Clapton manager Jonny Fowell will be fielding a second string side to ease his side’s injury problems as they face Southend Manor in the first round of the Errington Challenge Cup.

The Tons travel away to Southchurch Park Arena this evening (7.45pm) as they bid to progress into the second round of the competition where they could met rivals Hackney Wick.

“I will be playing a reserve team for the match,” Fowell said.

“It will be a weakened team and a chance for some of the younger players or squad players.

“I know this is going to sound cliche but I’m not really interested in the cup as we want to go for promotion.

“Don’t get wrong I’d like to win but I want to give other players a go and see what they can do.”

Fowell revealed he is calling up a trio of the club’s youth players for the match and will be treating the match like a trial match for him to test his squad.

“I’m taking three of our under-18s and giving them some game time,” he said.

“We will also be taking the reserve goalkeeper and some of the reserve players who haven’t had much this season.

“The likes of Jerry (Jairette) and Emmanuel (Olajide) will be staying back and resting after their recent injuries.

“Steven (Sardinha) will probably play after coming back on Saturday as he needs some match time to get fit again.”

Southend Manor are refusing entry to Clapton fans for the match and it will only be open for home fans to watch the cup tie.

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