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Wood face title rivals

PUBLISHED: 14:49 02 April 2010 | UPDATED: 21:47 02 July 2010

HAROLD WOOD Athletic entertain title rivals Kelvedon Hatch tomorrow (Saturday) in a crunch Olympian League Premier Division contest. Reigning champions Wood kept their title defence on track with a 4-2 win over Westhamians last weekend, but trail table-to

HAROLD WOOD Athletic entertain title rivals Kelvedon Hatch tomorrow (Saturday) in a crunch Olympian League Premier Division contest.

Reigning champions Wood kept their title defence on track with a 4-2 win over Westhamians last weekend, but trail table-topping Hatch by a massive 20 points.

They have seven games in hand and a win in tomorrow's showdown will give Wood a massive lift for their busy run-in.

Westhamians made the better start on Saturday and forced a string of corners, but were reduced to 10 men midway through the first half when their striker was sent off for a reckless challenge.

Mike Daniels headed the visitors in front, though, and Wood went into the break a goal down.

In-form striker Sam Wilson smashed home an equaliser soon after the restart and Tom Ziepe's free-kick was headed in by substitute Jake Marsh to put Wood 2-1 up.

Ziepe fired home the third himself, but Westhamians replied when the referee ruled a header had crossed the line, despite what appeared to be a good save from Adam Rafis.

Wood made sure of the points with five minutes left, however, as a sweeping pass from Wilson found Marsh, who teed up Chris Davis to fire into the corner.

Wood: A Rafis, Church, Klien, Wettner, Todd, Stephens, Ziepe, Moffat, Hughes (Marsh), Wilson, Sawyer (Davis).

MOUNTNESSING were left scratching their heads after a 1-0 defeat at Epping.

The visitors dominated, but could not take their chances, with Ricky Defreitas missing from six yards.

Epping claimed the only goal of the game from the penalty spot, after Danny Gilley was penalised for handball, and George Shelvey saw his late header fly just wide on a very frustrating day for Mount, who host lowly Faces tomorrow.

Chris Howard was the lone scorer as Mount's reserves beat hosts Manford Way.

UPMINSTER were held to a 1-1 draw by Cranes in Division Three.

But goals from Jack Buffoni, Pat Webber and Tom Sansom saw their reserves to a 3-0 win over Springfield.

ROMFORD RESERVES booked their place in the final of the Romford Charity Cup with a 2-1 victory over Leytonstone United.

Jon Wightman and Josh Sole were on target for Boro, but the competition looks set to be carried over until next season.


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