CLAPTON FC EXODUS FEARS WITH THREE PLAYERS LINKED TO MOVES

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An unforgettable day – but half of Clapton’s cup-winning squad from six months ago are no longer playing for the club

Clapton FC haven’t enjoyed much of a honeymoon in manager Jonny Fowell’s first month – and things may become more turbulent.

The rookie boss is bidding to halt a worrying run of 3 losses on the spin and 5 defeats in 9 games but may be set to lose three experienced players.

Sources indicate two players are weighing up offers from clubs higher up the football pyramid.

Meanwhile another player is understood to have been encouraged to look for an alternative club if he wants regular game time.

A fourth player dismissed rumours that he was set to quit after Saturrday’s 3-1 defeat at Hullbridge Sports, privately reassuring fans that he’s staying.

Fowell has so far recruited nine players – mainly untried at this level – as the registered squad size has bulged to 42.

He took to Twitter yesterday to assert that the signing spree was necessary as: “I’ve had to rebuild a team due to too much deadwood.”

Fowell also pointed out that half of last year’s 16-man squad for the Gordon Brasted Trophy Final had left while former manager Mike Walther was still in charge.

Only prolific strikers Fahad Nyanja and Tony Cookey have exited since Walther left – but it seems a new wave of departures could be imminent.

Clapton experienced an even more dire run of form last season, losing six in a row in November and December.

The then-manager Walther defied his critics to turn it around and end the season with the club’s first silverware in 25 years.

Fowell will be hoping he can reverse the slide in similar resounding style and tweeted on Saturday; “Keep working hard and results will improve.”

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