Clapton Men’s Development Team start their season this Sunday in the Hackney and Leyton Sunday Football League Division Three and are aiming for the title, while also providing a pipeline of talent for the first team squad.
Last season the squad was made up of a mixture of fringe first team players, promising youngsters, and seasoned Hackney Marshes pros. Although first team player/manager Geoff Ocran did have to put a few shifts in!
This time around open trials were held through the summer, with a large number of players for the management to whittle down.
The new look squad put in some impressive performances in friendlies throughout August, going through the whole of pre-season unbeaten.
Kicking off with a 6-0 win over Delta Athletic, Mabley Mavericks were then beaten 3-1, a battling 1-1 draw with Parsole Athletic Reserves was next, and finally South London Sharks were overcome 3-2
Excitingly the squad features three players from Renaissance FC, one of whom, Shan, will definitely be one to watch having scored 7 goals in 4 games during pre-season. Opportunities for sub striker Marsland (1 goal in 6 games) may now be limited…
This Sunday the Tons start their league campaign against FC 22. The other teams in Division 3 are Millfields FC, Bow Badgers, CSM London II, Fish Island, Gorillas, Hackney & Leyton All Stars, Docklands FC, The Gun, The Wenlock, and Wojack Sunday.
All games take place on Hackney Marshes on Sunday mornings, with a 10:30am kick off (perfect for getting over a hangover).
The Clapton club account will tweet on the day the pitch number and map, and fans are always welcome.