Paul Oddy has revealed captain for the day Joe Power threw in the towel at half-time during Woodford’s 7-1 thrashing at Chalfont St Peter last weekend.
With the Reds 3-0 down at the break and heading towards their 27th Southern League Division One Central defeat in as many games this season, Power told Oddy he had had enough.
The playmaker did not reappear for the second half and Woodford went on to lose the game 7-1.
Joint-boss Oddy admitted Power’s decision was difficult to deal with, but he had already prepared himself for the worst.
He said: “We got walloped. It was one of the worst defeats of the lot to be honest.
“We had our captain for the day coming up to me at half-time and telling me he didn’t want to go back out there.
“Joe was our most experienced player, but he said ‘that’s me done, I’ve had enough’. We had to deal with that in the changing room, with the players coming in 3-0 down.
“We’ve had a few players leave recently and I suppose that was always going to come.
“It’s the younger ones who are fighting for the cause and the ones in their 20s who’ve had enough.”
Power’s loss has been accentuated by the fact Woodford have also recently lost midfield man Wes Emery, who has moved to UCL Premier Division side Cogenhoe United, and also Aaron Hynes.
That leaves Oddy with a squad packed with 16 to 18 year olds and he is preparing to use some of the club’s youngest eligible players against Uxbridge at Byfield Road this weekend.
“We’re in a situation now where we’ll just be putting out a team entirely made up of players under the age of 18,” he said.
“They’ve been used to playing with a few older ones around them but now we’re going to have to go with a youth team.
“We’ve got a very good Under 16s teams so don’t be surprised to see some of them get their opportunity this weekend.”