10-man Town see great run end away to new leaders Hullbridge

PUBLISHED: 10:00 12 December 2018

Woodford Town manager Dee Safer (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo).

Woodford Town manager Dee Safer (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo).

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Essex Senior League: Hullbridge Sports 2 Woodford Town 1

Woodford Town conceded late on to suffer a 2-1 defeat away to Hullbridge Sports on Tuesday and see their six-match winning streak in the Essex Senior League come to a disappointing end.

The Woods went into the top of the table contest with spirits high and the winner of the Lower Road clash knew they would end the night in first position.

Dee Safer’s team were not helped, however, when in the early exchanges Luke Edgar received a red card.

It failed to stop Town playing their normal attacking game, but it remained goalless at the break.

Hullbridge looked to kick on after half time and made their numerical advantage pay close to the hour mark when Nathan Scarborough fired towards goal.

Although Alex Reed saved for Woods, the ball unfortunately rebounded off a visiting defender and ended up in the net.

Town’s young team failed to let the goal knock them, though, and suddenly began to push for a way back into the contest.

After squandering several opportunities, they levelled 10 minutes after Sports opener when Dejaune Taylor-Crossdale raced through and applied the finish touches to make it 1-1 – much to the delight of the travelling away support.

Hullbridge would have the final say, however, as with six minutes left Michael Salako tried his luck and his effort went in to give the hosts the lead again.

Woodford forced some late pressure and Jack Grosvenor had a header saved in what would turn out to be the last real chance of the game.

It was a fine showing from Town and they can be proud of how much they pushed the new leaders, especially given they had 10-men for the majority of the contest.

Safer’s team remain fifth with 41 points from 22 games and four off Hullbridge, who have 46 points from 20 fixtures.

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