An own goal was enough for Clapton Community to get all three points in their latest Middlesex County Premier Division match as they welcomed North West London FC to Wadham Lodge on Tuesday. The win means the Tons joined Yeading Town and Hillingdon on 13 points and now sit in 11th after 8 games.
It was the visitors who started off the quickest and within the opening minutes, they had a number of attacks. An early chance for their number 7 saw the ball fly over the bar from a tight angle before 9 forced a save from the keeper and 12 sent the ball just wide with a diving header. Clapton struggled with possession and couldn’t seem to keep it for long periods of time. The dominance from continued from North West as the reached the 20-minute mark. Their number 12 had a couple of shots from distance, sending one wide and the other into the arms of the Clapton keeper.
The Tons first opportunity came just after the 20-minute mark when a header was sent across the face of goal before a shot from Owiredu was saved comfortably by the keeper. Both teams came close to scoring just before half-time but neither could find the back of the net. A Clapton header forced the visiting keeper to tip the ball over the bar before North West’s number 9 saw his shot come off the crossbar. The teams went into half-time at 0-0.
The second half saw a different Clapton as they started the half off quickly. A volley in the opening minutes was over the bar before Community wondered how they hadn’t scored with two good chances. The NW keeper saved from close range to deny Clapton an opening goal before a diving header a couple of minutes later was sent just wide. The visitors had a penalty shout in the 61st minute but the referee was unmoved and it wasn’t given.
Clapton came close again when a poor pass from a defender allowed Clapton to get a shot off but it was deflected out of play. The pressure from the home side paid off and Clapton were ahead when a long throw from Stanley into the mix was flicked into the goal from a NW player. As the game approached the last 5 minutes, there was a couple of chance for the hosts but they were denied with a block and a good save whilst a low cross from the visitors was flicked onto the cross. In the final moments, North West London FC pushed for an equaliser but Clapton Community stood strong in defence and the hosts held onto their 1-0 lead to win the game.