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Fowell claims Clapton must win against Redbridge to remain in league title race

PUBLISHED: 12:00 02 March 2018

Clapton in action against Takeley (Pic: Tim Edwards)

Clapton in action against Takeley (Pic: Tim Edwards)

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Clapton manager Jonny Fowell says they must beat Redbridge to mathematically remain in the Essex Senior League title race this weekend.

The Tons welcome the Motormen to the Old Spotted Dog on Saturday (3pm) as they look to return to action after having their match against Sporting Bengal United postponed last weekend.

Fowell’s men currently sit sixth in the table and are still hoping to chase down the league’s top five sides.

“We have to win the game to remain in the hunt and if we don’t, I don’t think we can possibly do it,” Fowell said.

“It will be a tough game though as I think Redbridge was our toughest game of the season so far.”

The boss praised Redbridge and their manager Ricky Eaton on his playing style.

“Ricky has a very good team and I like coming up against him as he plays good football just like we try to.

“I’ve always said if we don’t win the league, I’d like Redbridge to, as Ricky is a good friend of mine and set his team up in the right way.”

Fowell admits it has been a tough season and most of the top teams have been able to stick with a similar starting line-up all campaign.

“They have a very strong squad and the thing is for Ricky and the rest of the teams at the top, they’ve had the same team for majority of the season, whereas we had no goalkeeper for weeks.

“We haven’t had a striker since September so it has been difficult for us this season.”

They will be boosted ahead of the clash by the full-time return of winger Ryan Reed and the addition of Ware striker Warren Kayembe.

Although they will be without attacker Greg Akpele who has re-joined Bostik North outfit Romford.

“Ryan has come back to us which is a big boost for us.

“We’ve brought in Wayne from Ware and he looks a real good youngster.

“With Greg, Romford manager Paul Martin asked if he could come back, and knowing how much the club means to Paul and Greg we said yes.

“We want Romford to stay up as a local club and want to do anything we can to help them.”

Fowell also revealed they’re hoping to add former Great Wakering Rovers goalkeeper Adam Seal, brother of assistant manager Wayne, in the coming weeks to add competition in between the sticks.

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