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Clacton turn attention to league after cup heroics
8:00am Saturday 21st September 2013 in Sport
FC CLACTON must put their FA Cup exploits to the back of their mind when they return to Thurlow Nunn League action.
The Seasiders booked their place in the second qualifying round after a dramatic 2-1 victory against Ryman League Brentwood Town on Tuesday night.
It means they are now looking forward to another home match in the famous competition, against North Greenford United.
But first they must concentrate on two tough away matches in the premier division – to Ely today and Brantham Athletic on Wednesday.
Player-manager Ray Turner will be hoping his side show similar defensive qualities as they did in midweek.
“It’s testament to the boys, because last season when crosses were coming into our box we were allowing our markers to get on the end of them,” he said.
“We didn’t track runners but now we’re getting hold of our players. We’re winning headers, putting our bodies on the line and doing everything we can not to concede.”
Turner still believes his side can play much better than they did against Brentwood.
And he says that in terms of overall performance he will be looking for an improvement at Ely.
“When I spoke to the boys after the game, I started with a couple of negatives, just to keep their feet on the ground,” he said.
“Overall, we didn’t play well again and for the last 10 minutes of the first half, and in the second half we just didn’t get out of second gear.
“I know we can play a lot better and there’s still lots to work on. We’re still not producing a complete performance for 90 minutes.
“But in a way that’s a positive because it gives us something to keep working on.”
Elsewhere in the premier division, WIVENHOE TOWN are at home to CRC, while BRANTHAM ATHLETIC travel to Felixstowe and Walton.
In division one, BRAINTREE TOWN RESERVES go to Debenham LC.
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