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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).

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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.

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