Woodford head to Hullbridge looking to take over at the summit

PUBLISHED: 15:00 10 December 2018

Woodford Town manager Dee Safer hugs Temi Babalola (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo).

Woodford Town manager Dee Safer hugs Temi Babalola (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo).

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Dee Safer's team have won six games in a row and a seventh consecutive triumph would send them first

Woodford Town travel to Hullbridge Sports on Tuesday knowing a win would move them top of the Essex Senior League.

The Woods are currently fifth in the table on 41 points from 21 games, but Dee Safer’s men can take full advantage of a rare quiet midweek schedule if they pick up all three points at Lower Road.

Hullbridge are second on 43 points while leaders Stansted have 44, but a +26 goal difference which is bettered by Town, who have a +28 goal difference.

It sets up Tuesday’s clash nicely with plenty at stake for the winner and Woodford go into the contest full of confidence.

The young side have won six games in a row with the latest triumph a 4-1 success at home to Stanway Rovers on Friday night.

Safer’s side were quick out of the blocks at Harlow Arena and it was 17-year-old scoring sensation Temi Babalola who put the Woods ahead with only two minutes on the clock.

Stanway struggled to compete with Woodford’s slick passing game as a further brace from midfield general Jordan Sanderson saw the home side sitting comfortably with a 3-0 lead at the break.

Babalola made it four in the 70th minute as Town continued to dominate before Terry Spillane’s team clawed back some respectability with a late consolation after a spell of sustained pressure.

Remarkably Woodford could go top if they win at Hullbridge this week, but assistant manager Neil Day was keen to play down the significance of the game.

He said: “We can only concentrate on one game at a time and the way we’re playing at the moment we should be confident of giving any side a run for their money.

“Hullbridge have had a great start to the season and been very consistent, but we’re on a good run and our 16-year-olds from last year are a year stronger and wiser and beginning to put lessons learnt at senior level to good effect.

“It should be a good game and one where we will have to be at our very best to get something from.”

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