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Burnham Ramblers 3 Clapton 3
Battling Clapton produced another spirited display which defied all the odds, coming from 3 down to draw 3-3, against champions elect Burnham Ramblers
Regrettably, the hosts did nothing to enamour themselves to their visitors, referring to the match as being akin to a training match and, as per the form book, Burnham led 1-0 at the break. However, Clapton were not without their chances, with Roy Jones and George Whitelock both going close.
After the break, the Ramblers scored twice in quick succession but had not accounted for the new found belief and determination of Chris Wood’s lads. Brandon Martin found his shooting boots and coolly lobbed the home keeper when put through on a one on one. The last thirty minutes were totally dominated by a resurgent Clapton. However the Tons missed a chance to narrow the gap when a penalty was awarded for handball and Neil Matthew’s spot kick was saved by the keeper.
However, this let off did not stem the Clapton tide and eventually the Tons got their reward when a corner was superbly volleyed home from 10 yards by Peter Moore for his first goal of the season.
The goals sparked a frantic final few minutes in which Tons keeper, Pepe Diagne, produced the save of the day, turning a fierce volley over his crossbar. Clapton then pushed defender Sonny Lindsay up front in an effort to complete the come back. After going close with a header, Sonny then spun superbly in the Burnham penalty area and fired home.
The Clapton celebrations after the game were in huge contrast to the champions elect who must have wondered what had happened.
Chris Wood was once again upbeat after this latest performance “The over confidence of Burnham played into our hands as it served only to make our lads more determined. Everyone worked hard in gaining another valuable point for the club and, at times, it was hard to tell which team were top or bottom of the league. We have drawn at the homes of the leagues top two sides in recent weeks. We now need to turn those performances, in which it could be argued we were the better side, into wins.”
Burnham Ramblers are odd-on favourites to win this season’s Essex Senior League and we wish them well. However, in the words of Walter Winchell :-
“Be nice to the people you meet on the way up, for they are the same people you may meet on the way down.