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

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