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Lance Ledgister struck late to earn 10-man Woodford Town three points in a mid-table derby clash at Oakside Stadium.
The travelling Woodford support, who were tremendous throughout, helped the visitors get on the front foot from the off, and the men in yellow registered a number of shots in the opening stages.
A free header from a corner was the pick of the early chances and should have been buried for Woodford. At the other end, Redbridge went close after their striker was played in behind and rounded the goalkeeper but could only find the side netting with his finish.
The opener was scrappy but finished well after the ball bounced around the box by Andrea Mantovani. Woodford almost doubled their lead straight away after a free kick was diverted in, but the linesman’s flag came to the rescue of Redbridge’s high line and the score stayed 1-0 going into the break.
Woodford had more chances in the early stages of the second-half, as a free-kick was fumbled by the goalkeeper and almost volleyed in and other good chances were spurned by the wasteful visitors.
Redbridge struck back on the counter-attack and forced a good 1-on-1 save by the visiting keeper. Tempers in a tight game began to flare over and a tussle during a corner resulted in a yellow card for Redbridge’s goalkeeper and Woodford’s no. 9 - with the latter sent off for his second bookable offence.
Redbridge looked far more threatening thanks to the numbers advantage and Taylor Tombides finished emphatically to level the scores after the ball came to him on the box following a low cross.
Both sides pushed for a winner in the closing stages, and it was 10-man Woodford who came out on top in the end-to-end final minutes. Ledgister nudged home at the near post after being found with a cut back to give his side a famous victory.
The result leaves Woodford in 10th with six wins, six losses and one draw ahead of their trip to Walthamstow this evening.
Meanwhile, Redbridge have only won on four occasions this season but they have games in hand on the teams around them in the table and will hope for a more positive result against Stansted this evening.
Walthamstow 0-0 Saffron Walden Town
A clash at the top of the table pitted 2nd vs 3rd and saw Saffron Walden hold Walthamstow to a goalless draw at Wadham Lodge.
‘Stow had the pick of the chances in both halves, peppering the visitors’ box with crosses from corners. However, Saffron Walden defended resolutely and battled to keep the scoreline level as the weather and light deteriorated.
Saffron Walden created some chances of their own towards the end of the second-half, but ‘Stow goalkeeper Bransgrove was rarely tested, though he was alerted to parry a fizzing shot from range with his feet and make a save from the resulting corner.
The result leaves Walthamstow still undefeated after their ten league games ahead of a clash with Southend Manor at Catons Lane this evening. Meanwhile, Saffron Walden are in 2nd, trailing Hashtag United by six points but with a game in hand ahead of the visit of Woodford Town this evening.
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