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Woodford chairman disappointed with no-show

PUBLISHED: 16:30 24 December 2014

Woodford were well beaten at Eton Manor 61-14 on September 13 (pic: Martin Pearl)

Woodford were well beaten at Eton Manor 61-14 on September 13 (pic: Martin Pearl)

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Woodford chairman David Phillips admitted he was extremely upset they had to postpone their match on Saturday and conceded Andy Murphy’s team are having a terrible time with injuries at the moment.

The Highams outfit are bottom of the London One North, with just one win to their name all season alongside 12 losses.

They were set to host local rivals Eton Manor last weekend, but couldn’t raise a team for the match and the points went to the visitors.

“It was very depressing,” said Phillips. “Obviously we did everything we could (to avoid calling the game off), but we have just been blighted by injuries all season long.

“The injured players we have aren’t coming back and we are picking up more injuries with each passing week.

“I was watching our third team play against Eton Manor on Saturday and the problem is we have 72 players registered, but a lot of third and fourth team players are not registered for the firsts.

“We can’t play those players because if they suffer an injury we are not insured for them. We did offer our apologies to Eton Manor and it was just a terrible day for the club.”

Woodford don’t play again this year, with their next match on January 3 against Brentwood at Highams.

Phillips is confident Murphy will be able to get a squad together for that league meeting, adding: “We actually think, because we don’t have a game for two weeks now, we will have enough available for that fixture against Brentwood.

“That game will definitely go ahead I have been told. We can’t do that again (not field a team).

“I was told we will have enough back because I said the same as everybody else, ‘can’t we play the third and fourth team players’.

“But I am chairman so I am not the best person to talk to about the playing side, but Saturday was a terrible day for us and we were extremely sad about it.”


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