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Promotion play-off spot takes a hit

Friday 7th April 2023 | @ Ashton Stadium | 7:45 pm kick-off | Attendance: 298

Woodford Town 1 – 1 Buckhurst Hill
Woodford Town Scorer: Alie Bangura 19′
Buckhurst Hill Scorer: Nathan Sollosi 80′

Report By Harrison Nathan
Fans View By George Soper

The Woods’ hopes of a promotion play-off spot took a huge hit on Friday night, as Buckhurst Hill scored late to secure a point at Ashton’s…

Woodford started the game brightly and could have taken the lead on more than one occasion after just 10 minutes – however they did break the deadlock 9 minutes later when Alie Bangura was sent in behind the Hill defence. His brilliant effort cannoned past Adi Connolly and into the back of the net, 1-0 to the hosts!

Shane Baptiste’s side had dominated the majority of the first half, but it was Buckhurst Hill who came out on top at the start of the second half. They looked to frustrate Woodford and it worked, causing many sloppy mistakes and lapses in concentration, despite not creating many chances.

This changed with 10 minutes remaining on the clock, a quick short corner gave Nathan Sollosi space on the edge of the box, his attempt deflected beyond Eddie Allan and into the back of the net.

Unfortunately for Woodford, the score-draw now sees them fighting an uphill battle for the 2nd place promotion play-off spot, with Redbridge now 6 points ahead with 2 games in hand.


Woodford Town Lineup: Allan (GK); Mitchell-Nelson (Kirwan-Meade – 64’), Omope, Sharpe, Kiangebeni, Bangura; Runham (Nicolaou – 58’), Kebi (C), L. Parrott (S. Parrott – 58’); Okoh (Christou – 58’), Phillips

Buckhurst Hill Lineup: Connolly (GK), Rowland, Halford, Harris, Karby (C), Wynter, S. Sollosi, Markatis, Shilling, Williams, N. Sollosi


A local derby is always a special occasion. This affair between our Woods and local rivals Buckhurst Hill was no exception. Summer is fast approaching in Essex, and there was a fantastic buzz around Ashton’s as we waited for the game to start.

Both home and away fans were delighted to see some spring sunset as the kick-off drew closer.

The woods took an early lead, after an inspired finish from Bungara. The No.7 dropped a beautiful lopping shot over the keeper, and the woods were in front. As you know, the woods weren’t quite clinical enough on the night, and Buckhurst Hill responded to level the affair in the 2nd half.

Despite that, the woods remain on course for promotion from the ESL this season. Manager S. Baptiste admitted his side couldn’t quite find the finishing touch as far as this game was concerned. However, he remains confident the boys have enough to secure a place in the 8th tier next season.

Aside from the game, the buzz around the place was a real reminder of the pleasures of non-league football. The weather made all the difference, as both sets of fans will come away dissatisfied with the result, but buoyant at the prospect of a beautiful sunlit end to the campaign in this year’s ESL.

Local fan Lee Ewin commented, “It’s a great crack over here, and I’m excited to see where the season takes us. Why don’t people do more of this? Support your local club”.
Well said Lee, COYW!