Friday night football
I can't think of anything better to do on a Friday night than go and watch some local football. Friday's haven't been very kind to me recently. The last two times I've headed out I've spent a couple of hours in traffic and seen zero football. I'm hoping this week will be better, but if you're staying in why not follow the game on my liveblog.
This week i'll be watching Woodford Town take on Stanway Rovers in the Essex Senior League at their temporary home in Harlow. The Towners are currently on a run of five successive wins following a 5-1 demolition of Ilford on Wednesday night. They are fifth in the table, five points behind the leaders Stansted (a lot of fives involved).
Woodford's opponents Stanway Rovers are currently in 11th place. Rovers beat Sawbridgeworth on Tuesday for only their second win in their last five games. The other one was also against Ilford. The two sides have already met once in the league this season. They played out a 1-1 draw at the start of November in Essex. Temi Babalola has been banging in the goals for Woodford Town so far this season. The youngster scored twice in the week to take his tally to 10 in the league.
Competition: Essex Senior League
Ground: The Harlow Arena
Refreshments: £1 (tea)
Wedding receptions taking place simultaneously: One
Woodford ease to victory
This was my second visit to the Harlow Arena. Woodford Town are now the third team to share this excellent new ground, the others being Harlow Town and Enfield FC. The Towners are temporarily using the Harlow Arena while they wait for everything to go through with their new ground just off Chigwell Road, back home in Redbridge. The ground was a little empty, but it was a nice comfortable spot to watch some excellent Friday night football.
Woodford, looking like Brazil in kit and style, played some lovely football. Their young side contained a blend of pace, power, skill and technical ability. It was a couple of defensive errors that helped them put away Stanway, despite the vim and vigor they played with. Jordan Sanderson scored the first and third goals with a couple of late runs into the box while top scorer Temi Babalola added the second and fourth goals. He could have had a few more too.
Woodford Town finished the weekend in fifth position after the Saturday games, just three points off the leaders Stansted. Stanway finished the weekend in 13th position comfortably clear of the bottom two sides. The Towners face a tough game at second place Hullbridge in the week before another 'home' game in Harlow on Friday night against Southend Manor. Rovers' next game is just down the road from Harlow against Sawbridgeworth on Saturday.