Woodford’s spirits boosted ahead of clash with Takeley

PUBLISHED: 12:00 05 October 2018

Woodford Town's Temi Babalola in action under the watchful eye of assistant Neil Day and boss Dee Safer (pic: Tim Edwards).

Woodford Town's Temi Babalola in action under the watchful eye of assistant Neil Day and boss Dee Safer (pic: Tim Edwards).


Assistant manager Neil Day praised the support the Woods have received this season

Woodford Town will play host to high-flying Takeley in the Essex Senior League on Friday in the middle of a three-game unbeaten run.

Ahead of travelling to Sporting Bengal United last Wednesday (September 26), Dee Safer’s team were without a league win since August 7.

But a 4-0 victory at the Mile End Stadium was followed up with a 3-1 success at Redbridge two days later on Friday night.

Even though Town were unable to beat Tower Hamlets at home on Tuesday, drawing 0-0, they have now gone three games without a defeat ahead of welcoming fourth-placed Takeley to Harlow Arena.

Woodford assistant manager Neil Day said: “Tuesday was another clean sheet and we now take on Takeley with a good little unbeaten run under our belts.”

The Woods superb form began at Sporting Bengal United when they scored twice in each half to secure all three points.

Dejaune Taylor-Crossdale was on hand to grab the opener and Ethan Kessel made it 2-0 to the away side at the break.

Jack Grosvenor wrapped up the win with a third soon after the restart before Ola Ogunwamide’s late penalty secured a 4-0 victory.

Days later, at Redbridge, Woods produced one of their displays of the campaign to triumph 3-1 with Samir Ali, Malaki Toussaint and Temi Babalola on target.

Unfortunately Safer’s side were not able to make it three wins in a row on Tuesday as Tower Hamlets defended excellently to claim a 0-0 draw at the Harlow Arena.

Babalola saw a penalty saved by Hamlets young goalkeeper Jordan Stansbury as the Woods failed to take their chances.

Day praised the opposition after the stalemate, adding: “Fair play to Hamlets because they needed to regroup and scrap for points after a bad start to the season.

“It is fair to say they ‘parked the bus’, but they defended resolutely and the onus was on us to break them down.

“We enjoyed fantastic support once again and probably 70 per cent possession, but we didn’t show enough quality in the final third to force a victory.”

Next up for Woodford is a home match with Takeley, who have 15 points from seven games and have only lost on two occasions.

After hosting Takeley, Safer will take his young, improving squad to Met Police on Tuesday (October 9) for a first round London Senior Cup tie.

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