Friendly Match Report – Park View vs Woodford Town First Team

Park View 1 vs 2 Woodford Town

Woodford Town’s 1st X1 first friendly was against Park View who play their football in the Spartans Division One.

Andrea Mantovani Secures Win For The Woods

It proved to be a tough affair against a physically strong and talented Park View side who proved to be a stern test. The game was played in the right spirit and Woodford who fielded a youthful team with an average age of 19 took the lead when flying winger Cameron St Louis sprung the offside trap to slot coolly past the Park View keeper.

This sparked a mini revival from Park View which resulted in their equaliser ten minutes later after their winger beat our full back and put in a vicious cross which was turned in on the penalty spot.

Woodford increased the tempo in the second half and their brand of passing was very easy on the eye indeed. The young team took the game to Park View and was awarded a freekick just outside of the area on 58 minutes. Woodford legend Andrea Mantovani stepped up to curl in a brilliant free kick to make the score 2-1. Woodford further increased their lead after a short corner resulted in the ball being whipped into the box to be met by Rigert, Woodford’s No.9, who directed a bullet header into the Park View goal.

Again, this inspired Park View to increase their efforts and they were going more direct into their front men trying to force a goal back. Their efforts were rewarded when on 73 mins their striker stepped inside the Woodford centre back to finish smartly into the bottom corner. The mini revival was finally crushed when on 80 mins Woodford sealed the game with arguably the goal of the game which started as a Woodford throw near their own corner flag. The ball was thrown into centre back Jack Newbury -Neale who turned out and played a nice ball into the advancing full back. The ball was then played forward and Reshad Woodford’s talented left winger beat his full back to lay a lovely ball into the path of the Luke May-Parrot who finished with a brilliantly executed deft dink over the advancing Park View keeper.

Overall it was a very satisfying result and performance from Woodford’s young guns and a clear indication that the clubs philosophy of blooding and playing young players couple with experienced former pro’s is starting to bear fruit. Exciting times ahead!

Woodford now travel to local rivals Buckhurst Hill which is set to be another exciting encounter between two team looking to play football the right way.

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