SOUTHERN LEAGUE: Oddy rues ‘nightmare’ time for Woodford United

TRAINING STRUGGLE - Woodford joint-manager Paul Oddy
TRAINING STRUGGLE - Woodford joint-manager Paul Oddy

Paul Oddy has revealed Woodford United will go into Saturday’s game at Byfield Road against Guildford City (ko 3pm) without having trained this week.

And the joint-boss admits the current situation at the club, which has not been helped by the recent weather woe, is a ‘nightmare’.

The Reds, who are without a point in the Southern League Division One Central this season, have struggled for numbers at recent training sessions.

Players have been hit by work commitments and travel problems, but with Woodford unable to pay top dollar, Oddy and fellow manager Pete Harris are forced to accept the situation.

Oddy, who saw his side lose 5-0 at Fleet Town last weekend, said: “Do you think they all turn up for training? No, they don’t.

“We always seem to have the defenders there but where we train, Kingsthorpe College, has been closed because of the weather.

“We’re going into Saturday’s game without a real get-together during the week and it’s a nightmare.”

And he added: “Quite a few turn up for training but there’s some who don’t because of work or the weather.

“I accept that work has to come first because they’re not pros and they have to look after their families.

“But I wouldn’t have anyone in the team who’s not up for it.”

Oddy and Harris could be forgiven for considering heading for the exit at Byfield Road, but neither have any intention of doing that.

Instead, the pair take positives from the desire shown by their players, most of whom are under the age of 20.

“If the players didn’t show fight, I wouldn’t be at the club,” said Oddy. “What keeps me going is the spirit of the youngsters at the club.”

Daventry Town have also been hit by the weather, with both their Saturday fixture at home to Thatcham and Tuesday’s Communications Park date with Leighton called off because of snow.

Darran Foster’s men are on the road tomorrow (Sat) and will be hoping their clash at third-from-bottom Chertsey Town gets the go-ahead.