WOODFORD UNITED: Harris fired up for ‘cup final’ against Greenford

SINKING FEELING - Woodford concede during their 8-1 defeat to Thatcham last weekend (Picture: Dave Ikin)
SINKING FEELING - Woodford concede during their 8-1 defeat to Thatcham last weekend (Picture: Dave Ikin)

Woodford United joint first-team manager Pete Harris says Saturday’s game against fellow strugglers North Greenford United is ‘like a cup final for us’.

Woodford have failed to claim a single point in the Southern League Division One Central so far this season, losing all 18 of their games with a goal difference of minus 55.

But they are still in with a chance of survival thanks solely to the poor form of North Greenford, who have only amassed four points from 17 games and have a goal difference of minus 28.

It’s certainly a battle of the division’s have-nots at Byfield Road on Saturday and Harris, who runs the Reds along with Paul Oddy, is desperate for a positive result to boost morale.

“It’s like a cup final for us,” said Harris. “If the lads haven’t got the incentive to win this game they shouldn’t be playing.

“Hopefully we can get something out of it and I do still see some light at the end of the tunnel.”

Despite the club’s troubles on and off the pitch, Harris says he and co-boss Oddy are not worried by the size of the task they have on their hands.

And he is just desperate to pick up a point in a bid to get the ball rolling for the rest of the campaign.

“It doesn’t faze me or Paul at this level,” said Harris, who had enjoyed success with Woodford’s youth team. “Football’s football whatever level you play at.

“We just need to nick a point here and there because that would really help. It’s going to come where we nick a point and then we’ll all be much happier.”

Woodford were so close to getting that first point on Tuesday night, but they were edged out 5-4 at home by Leighton United.

Woodford actually led 4-2 at half-time, and were still 4-3 ahead with 10 minutes remaining, but the visitors broke United’s hearts with an equaliser and then a winner just two minutes from time.

More Woodford United news in this week’s Daventry Express.