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Woodford Town start new season with comfortable win over Leyton Athletic

PUBLISHED: 14:00 06 August 2018

The new Essex Senior League season is underway (pic Jamie Pluck)

The new Essex Senior League season is underway (pic Jamie Pluck)

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Essex Senior League: Woodford Town 4 Leyton Athletic 1

Woodford Town started their Essex Senior League campaign with an emphatic 4-1 home win against Leyton Athletic on Friday night.

It was the first match in the division this season and briefly sent the Woods to the top of the standings.

A healthy Friday night crowd at the Harlow Arena were treated to some fine attacking play from the hosts.

But it was of something of a surprise that only the lively Ola Ogunwamide’s 20th minute strike separated the sides at the interval.

An early second-half strike from substitute Chinua Phinn-Archer gave Dee Safer’s side a comfortable cushion and it was routine for the Woods after.

Ethan Kessel added a third before the hour mark and new signing Ellis Routledge showed his class late on with a fine through ball for Ogunwamide to add to his tally.

Leyton Athletic did manage to grab a consolation near the death, but it failed to knock the Woods spirits too much.

After Takeley’s 5-1 win over Stanway Rovers on Saturday, Safer’s men are second in the table after the first round of fixtures in the league.

Wood assistant Neil Day said: “It would have been nice to have kept a clean sheet to boost the confidence even further, but it would be a little churlish to criticise a terrific team performance.

“We bounced back from a rather lacklustre pre season to give a tantalising glimpse of what we can do and let’s hope for more of the same throughout this season.”

Next up for the Woods is another home fixture, but this time against one of the new boys in the division.

Hertfordshire club St Margaretsbury visit Harlow Arena tomorrow (Tuesday) for a 7.45pm kick-off.

It will be St Margaretsbury’s first match in the Essex Senior League after they failed to play last weekend.

Woodford will not want to hand out any free presents in the shape of points, though, and will look to back up their victory over Leyton Athletic with another strong outing.

Safer’s team won’t play for 11 days after either, so will be even more eager to make it back-to-back victories.

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