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Ilford, Clapton edged out

PUBLISHED: 11:51 10 January 2016 | UPDATED: 11:51 10 January 2016

Ilford manager Allan Fenn (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Ilford manager Allan Fenn (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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Essex Senior League: Enfield 3 Ilford 2

Ilford slumped to a shock injury-time loss against struggling Enfield at Barrows Farm.

Allan Fenn’s Foxes went into the match looking for a fourth successive win but fell behind on nine minutes as Ashley Blackburn converted from the penalty spot.

Glen Warwick got the visitors back on level terms on 19 minutes and Luke Thomas put them ahead just before the hour mark.

But Blackburn levelled midway through the second half and completed his hat-trick in the fourth minute of stoppage time to send Ilford home empty handed.

An angry Fenn tweeted: “A diabolical performance & result today. Players need to take a good long hard look at themselves. Good luck to @enfieldfc for rest of season.”

Ilford are set to visit Greenhouse on Wednesday.

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Clapton 1 Sawbridgeworth Town 2

Clapton were edged out by the Robins, who moved up to third place in the table with this victory.

The home side just about had the edge in terms of possession in the first half, in front of a crowd of 317, but Sawbo created the better chances and took the lead on 35 minutes when Lewis Ball struck.

George Wappett doubled Sawbo’s advantage when finishing off a well-worked move and, although Warren Mfula hit back to halve the deficit, Tons could not get back on terms and were reduced to 10 men late on.

Michael Walter’s men remain in eighth place and are set to welcome Wadham Lodge next weekend.

Clapton: Diagne, Barry, Abdul, Bogdan, Moore, Ocran, Haines, Oshin, Makuna, Cook, Aylett. Subs: Webb, Mfula, Creed, Haighton.

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Barking’s home meeting with Tower Hamlets fell victim to a waterlogged pitch at Mayesbrook Park, with Sporting Bengal’s Mile End clash with Eton Manor suffering a similar fate.

London Bari’s hopes of facing Wimbledon in the London Senior Cup at Kingsmeadow were also shattered by the conditions.

Bari are due to welcome Sporting Bengal to the Old Spotted Dog for a league match on Wednesday, when Newham host Hullbridge.


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