Essex Senior League: Jon Fowell felt Clapton deserved all three points against Tower Hamlets
PUBLISHED: 17:30 25 October 2016
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Tons boss unhappy with penalty decision and reveals Hussain Jaffa was set to play at Mile End Stadium
Clapton manager Jon Fowell cut a frustrated figure after last night’s 1-1 draw at Tower Hamlets in the Essex Senior League.
The Tons fell behind in the 70th minute after Ali Ibrahim converted from the spot, but the visitors hit back through 17-year-old Ajani Carrington.
It ensured both sides had to settle for a share of the spoils and ended Clapton’s three game losing run.
“We looked the better side going forward in open play, we just gifted them some chances with individual errors,” insisted Fowell.
“Tower Hamlets battled hard, yet I think we should have won but you know, that is football sometimes.
“For their goal, it was a poor mistake from us, but I didn’t think it was a penalty and the linesman was even in agreement.
“We can feel a little bit hard done by there. I also thought we had a big shout for a penalty with a handball.”
Clapton were without Hussain Jaffa after he agreed a switch to Ryman North outfit Thurrock on Friday night.
Jaffa has been signed on a dual-registration contract, although wasn’t allowed to play for Tons yesterday.
“I’m losing players to teams who have a bigger budget. Our captain Hussain dropped out on the day of the match because his new club said he couldn’t play,” said Fowell.
“It’s hard to get a consistent team out and if he plays against Tower Hamlets it could have been a different game.”
Clapton are ninth in the table after the draw with 26 points from their 16 league games this season.