Clapton boss Fowell is keen to strengthen squad ahead of encounter at West Essex

PUBLISHED: 14:00 23 November 2018

Clapton manager Jon Fowell (Pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Clapton manager Jon Fowell (Pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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Clapton manager Jonny Fowell is looking to strengthen his squad ahead of their clash with West Essex this weekend.

The Tons will make the short trip to Mayesbrook Park on Saturday as they look to bounce back from two consecutive defeats.

And boss Fowell is keen to start replacing squad members after losing a handful of players including Ryan Reed, Steven Sardinha, Jeffrey Cobblah, Andy Greenslade and Tayo Adoweru to Bostik North outfit Basildon United.

The club is now expected to recruit three or four new faces in time for their next Essex Senior League match.

“We’ve signed Emmanuel Olajide on a dual-registration, Ali Al-Bashi has been given International clearance, so hopefully we’ll have three or four signed.

“Jacob Kromann should be back from injury; Dylan Ebengo should be back from suspension.

“We should be a lot stronger than we were against Hoddesdon Town and Saffron Walden Town when we had make shift squads.”

The boss did admit he gave his side a night off last night (Tuesday) to help recover from recent injuries and illness.

“We didn’t train Tuesday, I gave the boys a night off to rest as we have 11 players out with injuries and illness.

“Hopefully that should help us have more players available this weekend.”

The former Enfield under-21 coach Fowell did reveal that he doesn’t know too much about their opponents but insists they will focus on themselves.

“They’ve had an indifferent season so far as well like us,” he said.

“I don’t know too much about them to be honest, they have quite a different team, they lost Michael Mignot from last season who joined Grays and has now joined Barking.

“We did try to bring him in but he wanted to stay in the Bostik.

“I have never worried about what other teams offer or have, I always just want my team to worry about themselves.”

He also insists despite sitting mid-table they will not be giving up and will continue chasing down the top teams.

“People have been saying to me, that we’re out of the title race now, on paper right now we might be but it’s still only November.

“I’ve seen plenty of teams drop points before, I mean this weekend no one would have expected Tower Hamlets to beat Stansted.”

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