Clacton 3 East London 2
Division 3SE Clacton 3 East London 2 Clacton were rewarded for their efforts and hard work with a last minute winner to complete the double over East London.
Clacton 3 East London 2
Clacton were rewarded for their efforts and hard work with a last minute winner to complete the double over East London.
It was the visitors who got off to the best start, taking the lead in the sixth minute, but Clacton replied after Tom Blake deflected home a short corner three minutes later to level the scores.
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Mid-way through the half East London got their noses back in front when the Seasiders allowed the left winger to score from the by-line.
Clacton defended well with Peter Wright organising the defence of Nick Key, Colin Hook, and Trevor Sumption well, keeping the visitors down to a hand full of chances, mainly from short corners. Mike Key had little to do in the Clacton goal with man-of-the-match Gavin Underhay keeping the forward players quiet. In midfield the attacking style of Clacton had the visitors going backwards with Carl Parkes, Jamie Roberts, and Daniel Hunn feeding the forwards of Rob Lukey, Sam Hodge and Ric Coleman.
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The second half saw the Seasiders putting the visitors under pressure and 18 minutes in they got their reward when Hunn drifted around the defence to find the narrowest of gaps to guide the ball into the back of the net for 2-2.
Both teams were competitive and the tension got the better of both, resulting in a player from both sides being sin binned. However, it was Clacton who adapted better and kept possession well to earn a short corner with only seconds remaining. Coleman stepped up to the challenge and fired an unstoppable shot into the corner of the goal to secure a home victory and set-up a good evenings celebrations for umpire Carolina Parkes who reaches 40 this week.
Next week Clacton travel to bottom of the table Romford hoping to extend their unbeaten run of three games.