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Burnham Ramblers 3 – 2 Clapton FC
An experimental Clapton team bowed out of the Essex Senior League Challenge Cup last night (Tuesday) following a 3-2 defeat to Burnham Ramblers.
Tons assistant manager Andre Thomas took charge of the side at Leslie Field’s and was only able to field one substitute.
Just three players that started in the league against Ilford on Saturday, were included against Ramblers.
It was the hosts who made the stronger start, taking the lead with quarter of an hour played when Steve Butterworth beat Pape Diagne.
Andy Edmunds doubled Burnham’s advantage in the 29th minute before Clapton started to get a foothold in the encounter.
Tyrique Solomon, on his Tons debut, chipped the home goalkeeper eight minutes before half time to give the visitors a boost.
Unfortunately Thomas’ side started the second period poorly as they gave away a penalty with just a couple of minutes played.
Diagne saved Ollie Hanlon’s spot-kick and pushed it onto the crossbar, but it was adjudged to have bounced down over the line.
They reduced the arrears two minutes from time, though, when James Briggs scored directly from a corner to give Tons a glimmer of hope.
Clapton’s goalkeeper Diagne came up for a late corner deep into stoppage time, but Burnham defended it well and booked their spot in the last four.
The Tons will travel back to Leslie Field’s this weekend for a league fixture and they’ll be hoping to get revenge.
Clapton: Diagne, R Jospeh, Best-Ebanks, Vaduva, Moore, Ocran, B Joseph, Briggs, Solomon, Aylett, Abdul.