CLAPTON FC v ETON MANOR PREVIEW – ALL EYES ON ANDRE

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C’mon sport, we are on for a jolly old game with Eton Manor this Saturday. One does look forward to these events every season.

Enough of that. It’s fair to say that Eton don’t have an array of riches although the club was founded by wealthy benefactors at the beginning of the 20th Century to sort out those poor folk.

They don’t have a permanent home and are now playing at Broxbourne’s ground in Hertfordshire. A bit of a shame they can’t play at Eton Manor’s rugby place which is located in Wanstead.

Eton had started the season brightly beating the club formerly known as Greenhouse – Haringey & Waltham Development – 5 – 0 and then getting a result at Burnham Ramblers away 2-3.

But form has dipped over the past 3 games losing to Waltham Forest, then Witham Town in the cup and Hullbridge on Tuesday. Conceding 10 goals with 2 in reply.

One more than most will be hoping that Clapton seal a win at the Old Spotted Dog is Andre Thomas. As anything less will severely dent his chances to be Clapton’s new gaffer against a good team but one we are expected to beat.

He did a solid job against the lucky Wadham Lodge as we were held to a 1-1 draw. Although truth be told Clapton have put in some sorry performances for the last couple of games with the team looking disjointed and lost at times.

The hopes of Mike Walther that we would hit the ground running this season with the same squad seem to have evaporated, with many familiar faces leaving the club.

There has been much said already about the exit of Mike Walther especially in the excellent Dogcast this week. I think we all know what an undertaking this job is, although many have their eye on the role with many said to have applied. Andre himself has been coy on the subject so far.

Some of the best play from Clapton has been coming from Johnny Ashman, who is showing sparks of some great football. So keep an eye on him because as one fan observed, he’ll be at Billericay by January.

Head to head: 13/14 season we beat them away but that was after they beat us at home at a game that most would rather forgot for more than the result. Last season we beat them at home at around the same time 3-2. For the away day it was a 2-2 draw. So two reasonably well matched teams over the past couple of seasons. Although we have gotta fancy our chances at home and Eton are without 34 goal man Chid Onokwai (who apparently still hasn’t found a club yet – Andre mate sort it out).

Player to watch: Forget players all eyes are on Andre.

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