Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Stansted FC 4 Clapton FC 3

Another week and another 4 goals let in by the Tons. The game could have been so different with the visitors taking a 3-0 lead into the break. And although it is not his fault you have to wonder what is wrong with the club when they start with a winger in goals.

Anyway, the game got off to a brilliant start with Clapton looking like they thought attack was the best form of defence. They were justly awarded just after 4 minutes when Barnwell put the East Londoners in the lead. 

This started a frantic period where Stansted also came close and the Tons had a shot cleared off the line. We didn't have to wait long for the next goal though, as Barnwell doubled his tally and the Tons lead on 12 minutes with a goal that was as good as you will see anywhere. It's a shame nobody filmed it.

The Tons weren't finished though and the wind started to help them a bit and a long clearance aided by the aforementioned wind aided Cook to score and make it 3-0 to Clapton with 9 minutes remaining of the half.

It really was to be a game of two halves though as Clapton fell to pieces in the second half. On 65 minutes Lakin scored for Stansted; Halamby got their second on 68 and things got a little nervy. Clapton created chances, but were clearly rattled and looked to hope to hang on. They didn't though. The wind was now in Stansted's favour and on 80 minutes Ashwell looked to cross it in for the home team, but it somehow ended up in the goal to give them an equaliser. In the last minute the turnaround was complete when a mistake by the Tons winger keeper allowed Ratcliffe in to make it 4-3.

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