Clapton assistant Seal delighted with Stansted victory

PUBLISHED: 16:00 12 February 2018

Clapton midfielder Steven Sardinha in action (Pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Clapton midfielder Steven Sardinha in action (Pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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Clapton assistant manager Wayne Seal is delighted as his side edged a five goal thriller at a muddy Hargrave Park against Stansted to climb into fifth spot after Takeley lost at Wakering.

Steven Sardinha put the visitors ahead with a superb free kick before Dylan Ebengo doubled the Tons lead as he headed home a Sardinha free-kick from close range.

Stansted pulled one back through Ryan Ramsey before Jeffrey Cobblah restored the visitor’s two goal cushion and bagged his 20th of the season.

Jack West was then sent off for the hosts for a second yellow and then saw the hosts miss a spot kick too.

Stansted then set up a grandstand finish when pulling another back, however the Tons held on to inflict only Stansted’s second defeat in seven since the turn of the year.

“It was a good win and part of the fact we’re on a good run is the group at the moment is only thinking about winning,” Seal said.

“The last time we played Stansted it was an absolute horror show and the team let themselves down.

“The message before the match was to not let themselves down again and get the win.”

Seal heaped praise on midfielder Sardinha who netted and picked up an assist in the match.

“Steve has been brilliant for us, he is always going to deliver and he always gives his absolute best,” he said.

“He plays quite an important role for us, he is a complete midfielder as he stops plays and creates plays, so he’s massive for us going both ways.

“His distribution is the best in the league in my opinion.

“He’s our penalty taker and always scores and we always know he is going to put his corners and free-kicks in good areas.”

He also had plenty of praise for attacker Cobblah after he netted another to move ninth in the Essex Senior League’s scoring ranks.

“Jeff has been fantastic and he is one of those players who don’t have to be involved a lot but when a chance comes or we need him, he just comes alive.

“He’s like a silent assassin.”

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