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Clapton v Enfield

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Old Spotted Dog ground, Upton Lane, Forest Gate, E7 9NP
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Not so long ago, Enfield were one of the strongest non-league clubs in the country.  How times change and no one knows this more than Forest gate's own football team, Clapton FC.

However, after the disappointment of recent postponements, the Tons are itching to get back into action.

However, it has been a positive week, despite the enforced lay off from league action. On Thursday, we entertained Ryman League Division 1 side Waltham Forest team from in a hastily arranged fixture. The idea was to look at players who had been on the fringe of things in recent weeks.

The experiment proved to be a success as the eventual outcome, a battling 2-2 draw against a side who were nearly at full strength, allowed several players to strengthen their case for inclusion in the team.

Our two recent signings, both 16 years of age, both featured and impressed, despite their tender years. I also watched the Under 18's Sunday, and there's clearly some talent coming through, which can only be good for the long term future of the club.

However, back to the short term and we've already encountered this week's opponents this season. Not only are Enfield handily placed in the League but have just completed an FA Vase run (round 5) which is testimony to their strength.

Coach Neil Day spent an enjoyable year at Enfield last year and will no doubt be looking forward to meeting up with a few familiar faces on Saturday. Hopefully the players won't be given too friendly a greeting on the pitch, as we seek to make a trip to the Spotted Dog as uncomfortable as possible for visiting teams. 

The points are vital for both teams, for differing reasons, so plenty to play for in this game and hopefully an entertaining match in prospect.

Come On You Tons !

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