WOODFORD UNITED: Boss Austin says Diamonds showdown is a ‘luxury game’

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Woodford United boss Mitch Austin says Saturday’s FA Vase first round showdown with AFC Rushden & Diamonds is a ‘luxury game’ for his side.

Woodford go into the clash as huge underdogs, sitting a division below UCL top tier big-hitters Diamonds and having failed to claim a point from 11 league games this season.

But Austin is not fazed by the upcoming Byfield Road battle as he knows the pressure is off for his team.

And he said: “Diamonds is a bit of a luxury game for us because we know we’re massive underdogs and we’re just going to look to enjoy it.

“Their recent exploits show they are a very good side and they are a club we all look at, respect and aspire to. I just want the lads to put in a good performance so they can walk off the pitch with their heads held high.”

Austin is remaining positive despite Woodford’s winless run, which includes the entirety of last season.

“You have to be positive as a manager,” he said. “There’s no point being negative. We’ve got areas that need to be improved and I need to get the experience in the side.

“We need to get our spine, Niall Duffy, Lee Golding and Stephen Grimley, in place and we’ll be okay.”

Saturday action

Two late goals condemned Woodford United to another heavy defeat in UCL Division One as they were beaten 4-1 at Burton Park Wanderers.

Leigh Chapman gave Burton the lead after 10 minutes, with Cavell Jarvis adding a 21st minute second.

Woodford battled hard and sensed a comeback when Chris Fury reduced the arrears after 79 minutes.

But it wasn’t to be for the Reds who, while pressing for an equaliser, were undone at the other end as Burton wrapped up the win though with goals from Deven Ellwood and Dan Spaughton a minute later.

The defeat means rock-bottom Woodford have now lost all 11 of their league games this season.