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Woods assistant impressed with team despite cup exit to Side

PUBLISHED: 17:00 23 August 2018

Woodford Town will play home games at Harlow Town's Harlow Arena this season

Woodford Town will play home games at Harlow Town's Harlow Arena this season

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Neil Day reflected on an entertaining and controversial night at Harlow Arena

Woodford Town assistant manager Neil Day praised the character of his team despite watching them exit the Gordon Brasted Memorial Trophy on Wednesday evening.

Dee Safer’s men hosted Essex Senior League rivals Barkingside in a first round tie and the game ended level at 1-1 after 90 minutes.

Side secured their progression to the next round with a 5-4 win on penalties, but the Woods could take plenty of positives from the performance, especially after playing a large chunk of the match with 10 men following Jack Grosvenor’s red card.

Day said: “It was a big improvement on Saturday (1-0 loss at Sawbridgeworth Town) and I thought we showed a lot of character to dig in with 10 men and nearly nick it.

“There has already been plenty of debate on social media about the two big decisions from the cup tie and opinion is pretty divided.

“To level things up, I can see why the referee took the course of action he did, but the consequence was a major factor in the result so it had to be spot on.

“Again to be fair, there was a lot to consider and hopefully throughout the season this sort of decision also goes in your favour, but only time will tell.”

Woodford endured disappointment in the end at Harlow Arena as they exited the cup competition on penalties to Michael Walther’s Side having played most of the second half at a numerical disadvantage.

An entertaining and eventful game saw Samir Ali put the Woods ahead from the spot in somewhat controversial fashion.

However, the hosts were then on the wrong end of controversy when Grosvenor was given a red card for denying a clear goalscoring opportunity.

Barkingside levelled things soon after through Euan Taylor-Reid for their first goal of the new campaign, but Woodford rallied late on.

Safer’s men could have won it at the death too when a superb run from Ola Ogunwamide almost resulted in a goal, but his effort was cleared off the line.

The visitors then triumphed 5-4 on spot-kicks to bring an enthralling cup tie to an end.


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