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Clapton assistant Bartlett says West Essex win was much needed

PUBLISHED: 16:00 26 November 2018

Action from the Essex Senior League match between Clapton and Stansted at the Old Spotted Dog ground earlier this season (pic Tim Edwards)

Action from the Essex Senior League match between Clapton and Stansted at the Old Spotted Dog ground earlier this season (pic Tim Edwards)

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Clapton assistant manager Ray Bartlett says it was a much-needed 3-2 victory against West Essex in the Essex Senior League.

Goals from Jacob Kromann, Giovanni Palmer and Ali Al-Nashi sealed the three points for the Tons at Mayesbrook Park to move them up to 11th in the table.

“It was a win that we needed to get us back on track and hopefully we can now go on a good run until Christmas,” Bartlett said.

Jacob Kromann put his side head after thirteen minutes but Callum Bloss levelled from the spot two minutes into the second period, before Giovanni Palmer restored Clapton’s lead on the hour mark.

Ali Al-Nashi then give Clapton a two goal lead with then minutes remaining, and although Joe Lefley netted another West penalty five minutes from time to reduce the arrears, The Tons held on for victory.

“It’s been a tough few weeks losing key players to other clubs as well as injuries and unavailability.

“But we have brought in some fantastic players in Jacob, Ali and a few more to name soon, also keeping hold of Timi Abiola and Jason Ajoodha who were key for us.”

Bartlett was also pleased to see three different goal scorers in the match.

“Always good to see different goal scorers so we are not relying on one player to score all the goals for us, also giving us a confidence boost.

But he also admitted he was shocked West Essex was awarded a second penalty in the match.

“The first was a penalty no doubt but the second was shocking decision, know one knew what he blew the whistle for at the time.”

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