Max Mitchell has continued to add quality to his Walthamstow side after securing the signature of prolific striker Jon Clements from Colney Heath ahead of the 2020/21 season.
Clements’ record speaks for itself. He won the Spartan League twice in the last three seasons, and was top of the table with Colney Heath before 2019-20 was brought to an early end. He was the league’s top scorer in his title-winning seasons, and was again top scorer this time around.
Speaking on signing, Clements said: “Walthamstow are a big club with big ambitions. They had a strong campaign last year and were pushing for promotion. I know the club are eager to succeed and play at the highest level possible. It would be great to be a part of the club’s journey.”
He featured heavily for heath during the 2019/20 season, scoring 32 goals in 46 appearances. Having played in the Spartan South Midlands League for the past few years, he felt it was time for a change and his understanding of what to expect from the Essex Senior League was clear. “I’ve played in the Spartan for the last 4 years; teams are typically very organised. I’m looking forward to a new league. I’ve heard it’s slightly more physical and there are some extremely talented players. In all honesty, I’m not quite sure what to expect from the opposition, but I know that we will have an extremely strong side.”
According to Clements, the gaffer was a big reason why he joined the club. Mitchell joined Colney for a short time last season and joined up with Clements, although the two have known each other for a while. “Max was certainly a massive part. I played with him last year and I understand his vision and philosophy both on the pitch and off. He’s a young, hungry manager who wants to take this club to the next level. I believe he has put together a squad that will be successful and align both his and the club’s ambition for the forthcoming season.”
The start of the season can’t come soon enough for players who have spent many months without playing the game they love and that is no different for Stow’s new front-man. “I’m extremely excited. It’s a new club, a new league and a new challenge. The past four months have been difficult for everyone and I think more so, now than ever, everyone who is associated with non-league football will be keen to get the season started.”
Colney Heath sat top of the Spartan League, six points ahead Tring Athletic before the season ended. Clements played a huge part by contributing 32 goals, although his total would have been considerably higher with two months left unplayed. He’s certainly eyeing up another high-scoring season in the Essex Senior. “The target for me most seasons is 40 plus goals. There are a lot of talents attacking players in this squad, so service will not be an issue. Let’s hope I can tuck them away.”
“The target is to win the league and gain promotion first and foremost. I would love to challenge for the FA Vase. It’s a tough competition and certainly the one we all want to win at this level. And on a personal note, I’d love to surpass my best season of 41 goals.”
Clements suggests he will turn any chance he gets, into a goal. “I’d like to think I’m a hard-working forward who is a pest to defenders (former teammates would say otherwise!). I create a lot of chances for myself and more often than not, half-chances will turn into goals.”
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