Town set to return 'home' after lengthy run of away matches
PUBLISHED: 11:00 07 December 2018
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Dee Safer's team have won five games in a row and will eye more victories over the next few days
Woodford Town will play their first match at ‘home’ since November 12 on Friday when they host Stanway Rovers in the Essex Senior League at Harlow Arena.
Dee Safer’s team, who are playing at Harlow Town while work on their Ashton Playing Fields home continues, have seen the fixture list be unkind to them recently.
Since a 2-1 loss to Stansted on November 12 at Harlow Arena, the Woods have travelled away to Walthamstow, West Essex and Leyton Athletic and faced Enfield, who also groundshare with them.
On Wednesday night they visited local foes Ilford in another away match and triumphed 5-1, but on Friday they will play an overdue home fixture again.
It is the start of another busy week for Town, who have taken the division by storm this season.
After entertaining Stanway, who are now managed by former Redbridge boss Terry Spillane, they will visit Hullbridge Sports on Tuesday (December 11).
Both fixtures will be tough, but Town go into the games with lots of confidence after an excellent run of form.
The Woods finished November with three straight victories away to Walthamstow, Enfield and then West Essex and maintained their top form last Saturday.
Safer’s young side travelled to Wadham Lodge to take on lowly Leyton Athletic and earned a hard-fought triumph in front of 28 spectators.
After a goalless first half, the breakthrough was made with 81 on the clock and it was enough to secure a 1-0 win.
Takudzwa Mashingaidze, who scored in the 2-0 success at West Essex, found the net again after he finished off a superb move.
It handed the Woods a fourth straight success, which saw them consolidate their fifth position in the table.
Days later, on Wednesday, things got even better for Town when 17-year-old Jordan Thompson-Brissett struck a sensational hat-trick in a four-goal win over Ilford.
The Foxes were put to the sword in stunning fashion with the in-form Temi Babalola continuing his excellent run with a brace in a 5-1 success.
Woodford will now aim to take their excellent away form into the clash with Stanway, who held Town to a 1-1 draw on November 6.