Defeat sees Reds go out of county cup competition

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ALFIE Taylor opened his account for Woodford United with a well-taken brace of goals against his former club but it was not enough to save the Reds from being dumped out of the county competition at the first hurdle.

Woodford manager Phil Mason drafted in two young defenders from the reserves, Elliot Herbert and Ridge Essilifie, in an attempt to shore up the backline but the defensive lapses came back to haunt the home side.

Cogenhoe made a late rally scoring three second-half goals in a five-minute spell to secure the win and progress to the next round.

The match started well for the visitors and on 14 minutes centre-half Alex Deakin was allowed too much room in the box to glance home a header from a left-wing free-kick.

On 29 minutes a neat exchange of passes between Ricky Johnson and Neil King put striker Alfie Taylor in on goal and he slotted home for his first goal since joining Woodford to put the sides level at half-time.

Johnson and King were rested at half-time with Sid Hawkins and Daniel Burke coming into the fray.

The pacy Cogenhoe strikers always looked a threat and Woodford’s Taylor was impressive against his former team mates.

At 77 minutes it looked like Woodford had got the edge when a Hawkins’ flick was picked up 25 yards from goal by Alfie Taylor and he sped past a couple of defenders to strike the ball home for his second and the potential winner.

But the night would ultimately belong to The Cooks and their forceful attacking and speed up front overcame Woodford with goals in the final stages of the match from Ryan Dove, Perry Wells and Matt Gearing securing the scalp of their higher- league opposition.