Clapton Manager Jonny Fowell has announced on Twitter that The Tons will face Ryman North side A.F.C. Hornchurch on Wednesday at The Old Spotted Dog in a friendly fixture.
The Urchins have had a reasonably strong season so far in the league a level above Clapton, sitting 9th in a tight division with 28 points from 18 games, 9 points off the top. However they have failed to score in their last 4 games with three 0-0 draws in the league interrupted by a 3-0 loss to East Thurrock United in the Essex Senior Cup.
After being relegated from the Ryman Premier in 2014/15, they almost bounced straight back last season, eventually losing 3-1 to Harlow Town in the Play-Off Final after finishing 5th in the league.
Founded in 2005 after Hornchurch F.C. folded, the new team were placed in the Essex Senior League where they won the League, League Cup and Gordon Brasted Memorial Trophy treble in their first season. They didn’t cross Clapton’s path however, as the two teams swapped places at the end of the season, The Tons finishing bottom of the soon-to-be-restructured Ryman Division 2, ending a record 101 year stay in the Isthmian League.
The game will kick off at 7:45pm.