On a quite nights at the Old Spotted Dog Stadium we saw two teams trying to advance their position. In the first 15 minutes, Clapton went onto the front foot but didn’t threaten the goal of Waltham Forest too many times. However, as the game progressed Forest started to press Clapton and was spending more time in their half. This paid off in the 24th when Clapton fail to clear and the ball was headed in at the back post.
Clapton was still not firing like we know it does and within 15 minutes, a mix up in the Clapton defence doubled the goals for Waltham Forest. When the half time whistle came the teams were pole apart in position and many were looking to the fight back from Clapton.
When the second half started, Clapton had changed its formation and some of the players were given new instructions. The fight back had started!
Waltham Forest was not going to give up a two goal lead easily and defended strongly. With Clapton pressing, Waltham Forest made what they thought was a good clearance 40 meters away from their goal but the ball fell at the feet of Steven Sardinha and he volleyed the ball back into the goal – nothing more than what Clapton deserved.
As Clapton continued to hunt the equaliser, a stinging shot was was saved by the Waltham Forest goalkeepe. However, the ball fell to Andre Spencer, who made no mistake in putting it in the roof of the net. 2, 2 in the 75 minute.
Clapton pressed for the winner with the manager’s philosophy of better three points than one. This had its risks, but fortunately for the Tons, Waltham Forest wasn’t able to capitalise. The game finished 2, 2. which was a fair result for both teams.