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Newham 4 Clapton 3
Taken from Newham FC
This pulsating Newham Derby went the way of the home side, despite being played at Broxbourne Borough FC, after a thrilling second half saw Dean Pennant, Daniel Crowie and Vendel Nunes secure the win despite Warren Mfula and Jake Stevens’ goals for Clapton. Clapton, buoyed on by their vociferous and passionate support, were much the better side in the opening half and Clapton’s Daniel Aggio had the opening effort on goal from 20 yards but Mark Richardson saved well. Jake
Stevens also came close with a header but Richardson was on hand to tip wide from Stevens’ well placed header. Shamrez Darr had the best effort for Newham but his fierce left foot shot was parried wide by Pape Diagne. The breakthrough did come for Clapton though, and early in the second half it was Warren Mfula who pounced on a rebound to give the away side a deserved lead. But just 5 minutes later a moment of pure class from Dean Pennant saw him curl a free-kick into the top corner to equalise for Newham. This sparked an incredible 9 minutes for the home team as substitute Daniel Crowie capitalised on a defensive error to slot into an empty net with his first touch of the game. Having giving Newham the lead Crowie doubled his tally just minutes later after some good play from Vlad Sighiartau and Dean Pennant. Crowie received the ball, beat his man and his shot was deflected into the net. A further 5 minutes later though Warren Mfula made the most of a gap at the back to slot past Mark Richardson to make it 3-2. Clapton regained their foothold on the game and constant pressure brought a stunning save from Richardson who saved low with a strong hand to deny Mfula his hat-trick. As with the general setting for the second half Newham immediately mounted an attack with Daniel Crowie releasing debutant Alex La Palme. His blistering pace saw him keep the ball in play and a composed cut back to Vendel Nunes allowed the recipient to smash the ball in off the underside of the bar. Nunes could have put the icing on the cake but his one-on-one effort was thwarted by Diagne. Jake Stevens scored a consolation goal with seconds remaining but it was too late as Newham made it 6 wins from 9 and jumped to 7th in the table.