Levy lauds it as Woodford win derby
A BRACE from birthday boy Andy Levy helped 10-man Woodford Wanderers maintain their 100 per cent start to their Division Four season as they outclassed Essex rivals East London Knights.
This rip-roaring derby had everything, including six bookings and a sending off. The Wanderers played the entire second half a man down after Harrison Midda picked up two bookings from referee Michael Cohen.
The Knights looked the more threatening in the opening stages but the visitors composed themselves and opened the scoring midway through the first half. Mitch Hahn, the former Southend United striker who also plies his trade for Enfield Town in Saturday football, beat two defenders before drilling home into the bottom corner.
Buoyed by the goal, the Wanderers doubled their advantage six minutes later. A free-kick from player-manager Alex Aviram found Levy who rose highest to head into the roof of the net.
Woodford’s celebrations were short-lived whenMiddawasgiven his marching orders following his second booking for a high challenge on Knights keeper John Labi.
T h e W a n d e r - ers did not let the incident affect them and continued t o d o mi n a t e . J a mi e Shafron hit the bar after another pinpoint Aviram delivery, and Hahn could have had a second but shot agonisingly wide.
The Knights made things interesting when Grant Stone headed home a Michael Konzon corner. Full back Levy clinched the points with his second following good work from Darren Ezekiel to seal their fourth win in a row.
Wanderers boss Alex Aviram said: “I’m delighted with the boys. We knew what we had to do and there wasn’t one player who didn’t do their job.
“It was a fantastic display from everyone and, although there is still a long way to go, we have the bragging rights of East London for now.”
Knights player-manager James Ryan commented: “I wasn’t disappointed with the defeat, I was more disappointed with the fact my players didn’t perform or make life hard for Woodford. Unfortunately, Woodford were more up for the game and they deserved all three points.”
Many happy returns: Andy Levy clinches the points with his second and Woodford’s third against the Knights