CLAPTON TITLE CHALLENGE COULD BE HIT BY LONG LAY-OFF

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Empty Scaffold stand when Clapton played Waltham Forest on Saturday because of the fans’ boycott (pic Waltham Forest FC)

Clapton’s scheduled home game on Saturday has now been postponed due to a fixture clash with London Bari.

The Tons were set to play Sawbridgeworth Town on Saturday 3pm at the Old Spotted Dog – but Bari also rearranged a postponed game for the same day, time and venue.

Something clearly had to give and the Essex Senior League say Clapton have sportingly stepped aside to allow London Bari to play their game.

Bari, who have shared the Old Spotted Dog ground since 2012, will play their rescheduled game against Wadham Lodge on Saturday at 3pm.

Meanwhile in-form Clapton – who top the table and have outside hopes of winning the title – now potentially face 20 days without a game with no fixture scheduled the weekend after either.

There is a chance the game could still be played this Saturday – the Essex Senior League advises that Sawbo have offered to host the game, with Clapton giving up home advantage.

If the Sawbo game is not rescheduled at short notice, The Tons are next due in action on Friday, February 24th away at Barkingside.

By then, title favourites Barking should have played 3 times and could be 8 points clear still with a game in hand over Clapton and have all but sewn up the title.

The next Clapton home game is due on Saturday, March 4th against Hullbridge. It remains to be seen if the Clapton Ultras’ fans boycott will still be in place or whether agreement will have been reached.

An Essex Senior League statement said: “Clapton were due to play at home on 11th February; London Bari rearranged a postponed game for the same date which is easily done with the number of recent postponements.

“There is a chance that Clapton could play their home game at their opponents, which their opponents have approached the league for permission to do so – it is a matter for those two clubs to discuss the possibility and financial implications between themselves.

“Clapton agreed to allow the London Bari fixture to go ahead at the Old Spotted Dog.”

We will keep readers posted as and when the Sawbo game is rearranged.

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