Day hoping to see Woodford Town bounce back against Barkingside

PUBLISHED: 16:00 21 August 2018

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

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


The Woods, who are set to play at Ashton Playing Fields next season, lost at Sawbridgeworth Town on Saturday

Woodford Town assistant manager Neil Day is hopeful his team can bounce back on Wednesday night at home to Barkingside in the first round of the Gordon Brasted Memorial Trophy after losing their first game of the season last weekend.

Dee Safer’s men made the trip to Sawbridgeworth Town looking to keep hold of their 100 per cent record in the Essex Senior League.

After a goalless first half, it was the Robins who took the lead and it proved the only goal of the game as Woodford lost by a narrow 1-0 scoreline.

Nevertheless, spirits are still high in the Woods camp according to assistant manager Day, he said: “A few pundits in the local media had said it would be interesting to see how Woodford adapt to playing on grass, considering we play home games at Harlow Town’s 3G surface, and overall we didn’t adapt well enough.

“We struggled to overcome the lack of width at Crofters End and to be fair to Sawbridgeworth, they had a game plan that stifled us and gave them plenty of possession.

“It was a disappointing result, but the learning curve didn’t stop last season and we need to continue to take lessons on board as the season develops and take the ups and downs along the way.

“Looking ahead to Wednesday’s cup clash with Barkingside - we can be certain that will be a hard game, but hopefully we can bounce back and reproduce the exciting form of the first two games.”

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