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Ruthless Town delight assistant Day after Barkingside thrashing

PUBLISHED: 11:00 30 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).

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Dee Safer’s team will entertain Hoddesdon Town this evening with revenge potentially on the mind of the hosts

Woodford Town continued their excellent Friday Night form with a free-scoring display against bottom of the table Barkingside to give them a deserved 6-1 Essex Senior League triumph at Cricklefields.

Michael Walther’s team had shown improved form of late, but were put to the sword by Dee Safer’s men to lift them temporarily up to fifth.

The Woods showed their usually dynamic, quick passing style and it worked a treat in spite of a bumpy playing surface.

At half time, they were three goals to the good courtesy of a Temi Babalola brace and a tap-in from Takudzwa Mashingaidze.

Woodford continued where they left off after the restart when their 17-year-old striker continued to impress.

Babalola, a threat all night, completed his hat-rick early into the second period before he set up another youngster, the prolific Samir Ali, to put the Woods in total control.

Marcel MacDonald, 18, made it 6-0 with around 10 minutes left, much to the delight of the vociferous travelling support.

And not even an injury time strike from the home side, via Warren Kayembe, could take the gloss of a productive night for Safer and his men with Town now within striking distance of the business end of the table.

Woods assistant manager Neil Day was delighted with the mindset of his squad having set them the task on being ruthless before the game.

He said: “We showed a positive mindset in everything we did. From the moment we got to the ground, we were on it.

“The boys knew they had a good chance if they denied the opponents the ball and were ruthless in front of goal and luckily it panned out perfectly.”

Woodford are back in action this evening when Hoddesdon Town visit Harlow Arena for a tie in the Errington Challenge Cup.

Both clubs have enjoyed good starts to the campaign with Safer’s team sixth in the table after 13 games, and Town a position lower with the two sides on 22 points.

Hoddesdon did defeat the Woods 4-1 on September 22, however, so revenge may be on the mind of the hosts tonight.

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