Clapton manager, Jonny Fowell took the the local press this week to talk about the important role the club’s supporters are to events on the pitch in lifting his team’s performance levels. While negotiations in transferring those massed outside The Dog back into the stands look to be in the final stages, the outspoken gaffer has been on the recruitment drive again, bolstering his squad as top of the table Tons look toward a final title push.
Anyone peering in through the fence is recent weeks will doubtless have been impressed with the performances of Clapton’s latest stopper. Olajide is the sixth ‘keeper to have stepped between the sticks for the team this season, following the shock departure of Richie Robbins in December. The former Aylesbury, Broxbourne Borough and Hatfield Town GK has made a strong start to life in East London, notching up three clean sheets in six, with just five goals conceded in total.
Staying on the topic of keeping goals out, defender, Colin Mugoya arrives at Clapton from Southern League, Hayes & Yeading. The 19 year old centre back has made a healthy number of appearances for the West Londoners since breaking into the first team in 2015. He no doubt joins The Tons with an eye on gaining more playing time and could feature in the upcoming friendly with Brentwood Town on Monday 13th.
Originally signed for Clapton in 2014, Eamon was last seen by Tons fans in September missing a late penalty against his former club for Southend Manor. Since departing The Dog, the versatile defender has gone on an extended tour of Essex-based Ryman clubs including Bowers & Pitsea, Aylesbury, Witham Town, Heybridge Swifts and Great Wakering Rovers. A welcome return for an old favourite, fans will have to wait until 14th March to see him back in the red & white.
Another handy Emmanuel to arrive at Clapton is Olajide’s current understudy, Emmanuel Mokwa. The nineteen year old ‘keeper has clearly impressed enough to make it into a much trimmed down squad, despite not having the same extended CV of clubs as his goalkeeping counterpart. However, as much needed cover in that position, Mokwa should expect to have his chance at some point, given how many goalkeepers the club has already fielded this season.
With the clutch of new personnel arriving in E7 there has also been a notable set of departures.
Goalkeepers, Robert Dogaru, Alex Henderson and Yakup Seyer have all de-registered, while outfield players, Christian Adu Gyamfi, Scott Lawton, James Steer and Tobi Adesina exit without much fanfare.
Seyer has unfortunately suffered a long-term shin injury, while Adesina will remain one of those ‘what ifs’, as a signing which promised so much at the start of the season.
The Tons manager has been teasing supporters recently with talk of a another exciting signing, as an additional forward is thought to be high on the shopping list. We’ll wait to see what comes off, although time is on his side as Clapton now have to wait until February 25th for their next competitive game.