Clapton manager Fowell will rotate squad for cup tie against Croydon
PUBLISHED: 12:00 11 September 2018
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Clapton boss Jonny Fowell revealed he will be using their London Senior Cup tie against AFC Croydon Athletic as a chance to hand chances to some of his squad.
The Tons will make the trip across London to Thornton Heath this evening as they look to progress into the next round of the cup competition.
Fowell and his side will have to get past the Southern Counties East Football League side to keep going in the competition.
“I’m more concerned about the game on Saturday really as the London Cup I shouldn’t really say this but i’m not bothered about it.
“I’d rather give players a go who haven’t played or played much to try establish themselves in the team but i will still be going to win the game.
“It will be good for the likes of Ryan Reed, Steven Sardinha, Jason, Valentine, Warren and all those players that haven’t been playing to get a game.
“I want to be able to say to them go out there enjoy yourselves and show me what you can do.”
They go into the match on the back of a 1-1 draw in the Essex Senior League with Redbridge at the Oakside Stadium on the weekend.
The boss Fowell feels they should have come away with more points than one but praised the result due to how good their opponents are as a team.
“Going through what the players said we started off a little bit slow and they got a goal, which was fully deserved.
“First-half could have gone either way, they missed an open goal, and we missed one clear chance where we only had to beat the keeper.
“We then had a goal disallowed, the keeper has dropped the ball, we’ve scored from it but it was disallowed and for some unknown reason the referee has given it as offside.
“In the second-half it was just one-way traffic, I think they had one shot, and we had multiple chances to win the game.
“For me i’m disappointed with the draw but Redbridge are a good team and i have a lot of respect for Ricky.
“I don’t know much about Joey, but he seems a nice guy, and for all the players they’ve lost from last season they’re a very good outfit and have some very good players.
“1-1 draw away from home against Redbridge is a good result.”