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Town preparing for ‘important game’ with league rivals Stanway

PUBLISHED: 13:00 05 November 2018

Woodford Town youngster Temi Babalola looks to beat Clapton defender Lanre Vigo (pic: Tim Edwards).

Woodford Town youngster Temi Babalola looks to beat Clapton defender Lanre Vigo (pic: Tim Edwards).

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After losing to ‘bogey team’ Hoddesdon Town last week, the Woods will aim to produce a response on Tuesday

Woodford Town face Stanway Rovers in the Essex Senior League on Tuesday hoping to bounce back and return to form.

Dee Safer’s team suffered a 4-1 defeat at home to Hoddesdon Town last week to exit the Errington Challenge Cup in the first round.

Despite Malaki Toussaint’s long-range opener in the 41st minute for the Woods, the away side were clinical and claimed a comprehensive victory.

The 4-1 scoreline was the same as the league meeting back in September, but the hosts did shuffle their pack with an eye on the upcoming game at Rovers.

Neil Day, Woods assistant manager, said: “We want to win every game, but we have always said we are prioritising the league this season.

“We changed things up and learned some valuable lessons about players who had previously had limited game time or had only just came onto our radar.”

After having the weekend off, Woodford’s players should be fresh and raring to go for tomorrow’s trip to the Hawthorns.

Rovers have had an inconsistent start to the campaign since switching to the league this summer from the Eastern Counties League Premier Division.

Stanway are 13th after 13 games with 17 points to their name, while Woodford have 22 points from the same number of matches.

Town can expect a stern examination on Tuesday, though, as the hosts have recently had a change in management and appointed experienced local boss Terry Spillane on Saturday after a 2-1 league success at Leyton Athletic.

Day added: “Hoddesdon have been a bogey team for us this season and we need to assess the reasons why and put all the lessons learnt to good effect at Stanway.

“It is a very important game for us to keep in contention amongst the chasing pack at the top end of the table.”

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