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Southend Manor boss Leon Woodford expects good response against Clapton
SOUTHEND Manor manager Leon Woodford says his side will respond to their heaviest defeat of the season at home to Clapton tomorrow.
Manor went down 5-0 on car-crash night at Haringey Borough on Tuesday, and Woodford said it was just “one of those games”.
He said: “It was a tough day at the office, that’s for sure. “I had four of my best players unavailable due to work commitments and when you are playing in East London on a Tuesday evening, that’s not what you need.
“I had to put out some teenagers against a big strong side, and we only had two subs because a few got lost on the way there, so it was just all a bit of a nightmare.
“I’ll have all my outfield players back for Saturday and we’ll be looking put it right in what we consider a winnable game.”
Manor were dealt another blow this week when in-form keeper Lawrence Priddle suffered a knee injury likely to keep him out for a month.
Woodford said he was trying to bring in a repla-cement ahead of tomorrow’s visit of seventh-placed Clapton. Great Wakering stretched their lead at the top of the Essex Senior League table to five points with a 5-0 win over visitors Greenhouse London on Wednesday night.
Aaron Baldwin scored a hat-trick and goals from Billy Radley and Nick Skelton sealed a comfortable win.
Hullbridge Sports, whose midweek FA Vase replay with Swaffham Town was postponed because of the bad weather, are away to London Bari.
And Dan Braney’s side will be in confident mood against a bottom-placed Bari side who’ve lost 11 out of 12 league games this season, and drawn the other one.
The Bees, on the other hand, will be licking their wounds away to second-placed Takeley.
And in the Ryman Premier, in-form Billericay Town could break into the play-off places but it will be tough as they go to third-placed Dulwich Hamlet.
East Thurrock, whose midweek FA Trophy replay at home to Eastbourne Town fell victim to the wet weather, host struggling Leiston at Rookery Hill.