Search

Day pinpoints defensive improvement as key to recent run

PUBLISHED: 16:00 08 October 2018

A Woodford Town player loses the battle for a header (pic: Tim Edwards).

A Woodford Town player loses the battle for a header (pic: Tim Edwards).

Archant

Woodford Town have won three of their last four games including Friday’s 2-0 victory over Takeley

Woodford Town assistant manager Neil Day was delighted to see more goals from his team during Friday night’s win over Takeley, but hailed the improvement in defence as the key behind their excellent recent form in the Essex Senior League.

Dee Safer’s team saw off the Station Road club 2-0 last weekend to make it four games without a defeat.

Goals from Ellis Routledge and Dejaune Taylor-Crossdale made it three victories in four for the Woods, who have only conceded once during the same period.

“It was a great win and to be honest a bit of a pleasant surprise to see us sitting third after the game even if that was only for 24 hours,” Day said.

“But we’ve thoroughly dominated our last four games and the tempo and quality of our passing has been very high for this level.

“However, it has gone a little under the radar that this was our third clean sheet in four games spoilt only by a last minute wonder strike by Redbridge once we had wrapped the game up.”

Woodford earned another shut-out on Friday following a superb display in front of a decent crowd at Harlow Arena.

An attendance of 100 turned up to watch the game between two sides near the top of the standings.

The visitors travelled to Town, via the M11, sitting in fourth place and one of the teams tipped to be among the frontrunners this season, but it was the Woods who dominated large parts of an entertaining encounter at Barrows Farm.

Safer’s men were finally rewarded for their persistence when they scored one of the goals of the season from 18-year-old left-back Routledge.

Centre back Luke Edgar produced some superb footwork in the middle of the pitch before releasing Routledge with an inch perfect outside of the foot pass, which the young defender took in his stride and buried powerfully into the bottom corner.

Woodford’s noisy fans were further rewarded as Takeley pushed for an equalizer in the final minutes and everyone including the away goalkeeper come up for a late corner, but the ball broke to Taylor-Crossdale.

He kept a calm head and sparked wild scenes with a perfectly struck shot from within his own half to make it 2-0 and wrap up the points.

Town now take a break from action and don’t play in the league again until October 17 at Southend Manor.

Latest Ilford Stories

A Gants Hill chicken shop caught employing three undocumented migrants and fined £20,000 could have its licence revoked.

Yesterday, 19:22

Dagenham & Redbridge could potentially face an away tie against National League North side Southport in the first round of the FA Cup.

Yesterday, 18:00

Cricklefield Stadium in Ilford to host talent ID evening this week

Yesterday, 17:00

The clash at Meadow Park on December 8 will now kick-off at 12.35pm

Yesterday, 16:03

Dagenham & Redbridge have signed attacker Angelo Balanta from National League rivals Boreham Wood.

Hugo Lloris denies ‘Arnie’ and the Hammers in one-sided second half

Yesterday, 12:30

The new boss at Gallagher Stadium reflected on the FA Cup victory and backed Saturday’s opposition, the O’s, to secure promotion

Yesterday, 15:30

Ilford became possessed with the spirit of Mexico as performers and residents - painted as the skeletons of their late ancestors - paraded through High Road.

PROMOTED CONTENT

Struggling to find a buyer for your home in a slower market? We speak to Ilford property expert Nina Kaura from Portico about the Crossrail effect and why getting things right first time will get you the best price for your property.

Exchange Ilford is a shopping centre on a mission to make it a more welcoming and accessible place to the people of Redbridge.

An Ilford shoe retailer and podiatry practice is taking the next step with a move to a new shop just a few doors down.

Newsletter Sign Up

Ilford Recorder twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read sport

Show Job Lists

Education Promo

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Ilford Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now