Barking assistant Thomas is expecting an intense clash with Soham Town strugglers

PUBLISHED: 14:00 16 November 2018

Emmanuel Olajide helped Clapton progress in the London Senior Cup by coming up trumps in the penalty shoot-out (Pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Emmanuel Olajide helped Clapton progress in the London Senior Cup by coming up trumps in the penalty shoot-out (Pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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Barking assistant manager Andre Thomas is expecting a highly competitive clash with Soham Town Rangers this weekend, after their latest result writes Jacob Ranson.

The Blues welcome The Greens to Mayesbrook Park on Saturday as they look to start climbing up the Bostik North table after a rollercoaster start to the season.

But it’s all change for Thomas and manager Justin Gardner’s side with four new additions including Ross Elsom, Michael Mignot, Billy Willis and Chinedu Osadebe – with the latter being involved in their 1-0 defeat to Coggeshall Town last weekend.

“It’s going to be a competitive fixture, it would’ve been highly competitive regardless, however they’ve picked up a 3-0 win over the weekend so they’ll be full of confidence,” said Thomas.

“We know that so we’ll play our game to try and stop that.”

The former Clapton assistant feels that it is now time to start pushing on and beating the teams around them to climb the table.

“As much as we look up we also need to look around us,” he said.

“We’ve got games coming up against teams that are in a similar position to us; we need to take points off those teams as well.”

Midfielder Elsom has had spells with Tilbury and Histon, while striker Mignot has joined from Grays Athletic after signing for the Blues from Essex Senior League side West Essex in the summer.

He proved himself to be one of the most clinical strikers in the Essex Senior League last season, notching 30 goals in 41 games.

Meanwhile, 21-year-old defender Willis has joined from Canvey Island and has had spells with Tilbury, Great Wakering and Basildon United.

The Blues have also said farewell to goalkeeper Emmanuel Olajide, who has opted to join league rivals Basildon United.

Thomas, who has worked with Olajide at both Clapton and Barking, was sad to see him go, adding: “I’m very sad, I love Eman.

“For me he’s a coach’s dream, he understands and soaks up the information and instructions you give, he’s able to be the coach on the football pitch.

“Especially in his position it’s great that he understands the game because he has the best view of the game. I wish him all the best and thank him for his commitment.”

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