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Woodford and Day left to reflect on another loss to Clapton

PUBLISHED: 17:00 19 September 2018 | UPDATED: 08:29 20 September 2018

Woodford Town's Temi Babalola (pic: Tim Edwards).

Woodford Town's Temi Babalola (pic: Tim Edwards).

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The Woods, who currently play at Harlow Town while their ground at Ashton Playing Fields is built, suffered a 3-2 defeat on Monday

Woodford Town will hope to have lady luck on their side this weekend when they visit new boys Hoddesdon Town in the Essex Senior League.

Dee Safer’s men started the campaign with consecutive victories, but have failed to pick up a win since – a run which goes back to August 7.

The Woods have been on the wrong end of some bad luck since and the latest decision to go against them occurred on Monday night.

Clapton edged out Town in a five-goal thriller with Tons awarded another spot-kick in what was the third meeting between the clubs this term.

It left Woodford assistant manager Neil Day frustrated, although he was eager to pay tribute to the opposition first after spending a number of years as Chris Wood’s number two at the Old Spotted Dog.

He said: “Fair play to Clapton because they have taken advantage of our misfortune pretty ruthlessly over three games.

“Social media has covered most of the major incidents we have been very unhappy about and it is no consolation to be shown we have every right to be agrieved.

“Monday’s video shows the red card to Brandon Phillips was probably correct, but the penalty decisions - the one given to them and not given to us - were at best extremely dubious.

“In the long run, once again that has settled the outcome of the game rather than the football which at times was excellent from both sides.”

Bizarrely Woodford’s last three matches have all been against Clapton and they are yet to win.

The first took place back on September 1 in the FA Vase and saw a replay forced after the Tons were awarded a last-minute penalty in a 1-1 draw.

Woodford went on to lose the replay 3-1 with forward Temi Babolola picking up a red card.

Monday’s league fixture at the Harlow Arena was the latest installment and Town suffered a disappointing 3-2 loss in front of 35 spectators.

An early red card to young defender Phillips put them on the back foot, but they rallied to level the game at 2-2 with goals by Jack Grosvenor and Malaki Toussaint.

Clapton were awarded a penalty soon after and converted it to take all three points and leave Town frustrated, especially after they were denied what seemed a clear spot-kick with the score 1-1.

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