Oddy hopeful Reds can reap reward from Guildford clash

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Woodford joint-boss Paul Oddy believes his team can give promotion-chasing Guildford a run for their money at Byfield Road tomorrow afternoon (ko 3pm).

Rock-bottom United have failed to earn a single point so far this season in the Evo-Stik League Division One Central, and on paper tomorrow’s game against high-flying Guildford looks like another defeat for the Reds.

But Oddy feels his side will have a chance, as they have a habit of performing better against the division’s stronger sides.

“One of the first games I was involved in was at Guildford,” recalled Odddy. “We lost 4-1 with a much weaker team than we’ve got now.

“They’re still up there in the top six but when we play higher teams we seem to give them a better game.

“When we play the teams around us, the scoreline always seems to be worse.”

And he added: “When we played over at Guildford we did really well and they said they couldn’t believe we were bottom of the league without a point.

“Now, we’re playing them again and we still haven’t got a point.

“What makes it harder for us is that teams don’t want to be the first to lose to Woodford.

“They’re all hearing our players are fighting hard.”

Woodford’s latest reverse was a 5-0 defeat at Fleet Town last weekend, and Oddy admits it was a disappointing performance against a mid-table team.

“I thought we’d do better than we did on Saturday. We conceded a couple of sloppy goals and got caught on the break three times in the second half,” said Oddy, who is joint boss at Byfield Road along with Pete Harris.

“We didn’t expect to lose 5-0. No one did. But we’re certainly improving.

“We are giving the youngsters a chance because we have to with the budget we’ve got. We just can’t afford to attract players.

“A few of the under 16s have now turned 16 so we’re going to be looking at them to play for the reserves and they may get a chance with the first team.

“A couple of them are very good footballers who have been at pro clubs.”