The Reds slip up in opening encounter

FOR the third season running Woodford travelled to Greenford and for the first time the Reds came away empty handed.

In the hot conditions neither side looked to exert themselves early on.

A quick turn and snap shot by Liversedge forced Marchena in the Greenford goal to save low down at his near post.

As the half wore on it was the visitors who looked more likely to break the deadlock.

Wes Emery’s long-range effort kept the home keeper on his toes.

And Glen Hawkins had a glorious chance to break the deadlock on the stroke of half-time, when he found himself one on one.

But Marchena saved well with his feet though to keep parity.

On 60 minutes Wes Emery’s long cross field pass picked out Colkin, who controlled superbly before firing his shot across Marchena only to see hit rebound off the far post.

Jamie Brassington who had been a spectator for most of the afternoon was called into action saving well from a Daniel Ranger header.

Greenford somewhat fortunately took the lead with 20 minutes to go.

Stuart Smeathers deflected into his own net after Joel Jacobs had fired in a free-kick from the right.

Minutes later Greenford again had a similar situation.

This time Piercewright was on hand to head over.

In the searing heat, Woodford struggled to up the tempo after the setback.

But when Josh Crawley raced clear in the dying stages it looked as though Woodford may get the result their endeavors deserved.

Again Marchena raced from his line to thwart the advancing striker.