6 - 0
Clapton 6 Newham 0
Six-up Clapton delight Nurse – Crushing derby success for Tons
by George Sessions
Clapton’s head of football Marc Nurse admitted he wasn’t surprised that his side defeated local rivals Newham on Saturday, but conceded he didn’t foresee them winning by six goals.
Fahad Nyanja was the star of the show, scoring a hat-trick at the Old Spotted Dog against his old team, before James Briggs and new forward Chid Anokwai added the fourth and fifth goals.
Clapton scored again later in the game to crush their local rivals 6-0 and move up to third in the Essex Senior League table.
Nurse praised his side and expects the hat-trick hero from the weekend, Nyanja, to continue scoring goals now he is playing further up the pitch.
He said: “I knew we would win on the day, but I didn’t know we would win like that. I thought it would be 3-0 or 4-0, but not 6-0!
“They went down to 10 men right on half time when we were 1-0 up and it was always going to be us that won from there. It was all us in the first half and the second half we continued it.
“Fahad Nyanja got a hat-trick. He scored his first after 25 minutes smashing in from 30 yards. He got his second early in the second half and then scored from the penalty spot for his hat-trick.
“He is really quick, that is his best asset, and he scored 18 times last season, but was playing at centre back in games for London APSA (now named Newham). Imagine how many he will score playing up front, like we are doing with him.”
The fourth goal for Clapton was one to savour as Briggs fired in a free kick from close to the halfway line, according to Nurse.
He added: “Briggs scored the fourth, it was a free kick about 40 yards out, right near the halfway line.
“One of our subs said to me ‘he will score from this’ and I thought no chance, but he did.
“Chid Anokwai scored the fifth, on his debut. He is a new striker who was at Stansted last season and we got a sixth so we was really pleased.”