Woodford assistant hails fantastic form of goalkeeper Reed

PUBLISHED: 10:30 19 October 2018

Woodford Town goalkeeper Alex Reed saves a penalty kick against Clapton earlier in the season (pic: Tim Edwards).

Woodford Town goalkeeper Alex Reed saves a penalty kick against Clapton earlier in the season (pic: Tim Edwards).


The former Woodley United stopper has saved a number of penalties for Town this season

Neil Day paid tribute to Woodford Town goalkeeper Alex Reed after Wednesday’s win away to Southend Manor in the Essex Senior League.

The local club, who currently play in Harlow while their Ashtons Playing Fields home is completed, made it five games without a defeat earlier this week.

Although they conceded by the seaside, custodian Read was top-drawer once again and saved a second-half penalty having claimed recent clean sheets against Sporting Bengal United, Tower Hamlets and Takeley.

Woods 2-1 away win, thanks to goals from Malaki Toussaint and Jack Grosvenor plus Reed’s spot-kick stop, moved Dee Safer’s side up to sixth in the table.

Assistant boss Day praised the team for ‘winning ugly’ and also for surviving the ‘penalty’ curse which seems to be following them this season.

He said: “In all fairness, we weren’t at our best, but we dug deep after a difficult journey and it was pleasing to win a game a bit more ugly than normal.

“It’s like we’re cursed at the moment with referees giving soft penalties against us because the linesman was adamant and very vocal in telling the ref it was an incorrect call.

“Luckily for us ‘Reedy’ was in fantastic form and made yet another terrific stop from the spot-kick.”

Woodford are now preparing for a home clash at the Harlow Arena with high-flying Saffron Walden Town.

The Bloods have flourished in the Essex Senior League since making the sideways step this summer from the Eastern Counties League Premier Division.

After 11 games, Walden are fourth with 22 points and have won two of their last four league encounters – drawing the other two.

Hullbridge Sports were the last side to defeat them at the start of October, so they will provide Woodford with a stern examination.

Safer’s men are equally in good form though, and are sixth with 19 points from 11 games to date following a strong recent run.

It means Saturday’s fixture at the Harlow Arena could be an intriguing one with both of the teams desperate to extend their unbeaten runs and remain close to the summit.

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