UCL FOOTBALL: Back is the future for Woodford boss Knight

Woodford United boss Adam Knight
Woodford United boss Adam Knight

Woodford United player-boss Adam Knight is ready to return to his regular centre-back role after revelling in a striking cameo that lifted the gloom around Byfield Road.

Knight and his assistant, Ben Foster, who netted twice, were on the scoresheet as the Reds claimed their first home league win for more than two years last weekend.

St Neots Town Youth & Saints were the victims as Woodford’s management duo did the business in the 3-2 UCL Division One success.

But Knight is now ready to hang up his shooting boots, instead opting to return to marshal his team’s defence in the coming weeks.

“I went up for one game, but I’ll leave it at that,” he said. “Now I can walk around saying I’m a UCL marksman. “I’m going to go back and compete for a centre-back spot this week. I’m built like a 45-year-old so it is for the best.”

Knight and Foster formed a strike partnership at Brixworth All Saints last season and were reunited due to the absence of three regular Woodford frontmen.

But while Knight will be moving back into his comfort zone, Foster will continue to lead the line, with praise from his boss ringing in his ears.

“You won’t find a better finisher than Ben at our level,” said Knight. “He’ll go on and score a lot of goals.”

And if he can do that, Woodford could be set for more success in the weeks to come as the summer arrival of Knight has lifted a club that lost 41 of its 42 league games last season.

“There is a real feelgood factor about the place now,” he said. “It’s been a really good start and we could even have seven points rather than the four we’ve taken.

“We’ve got to be positive because this is the kind of league where anyone can beat anyone and there’s no reason we can’t kick on. It’s a weight off our shoulders to get that first win because I knew we had a good side, I just needed to know we could compete as a team.

“There was obviously a bit of attention on us after losing the first game, but the lads have bounced back superbly and we’ve got a real together bunch.”

LONG BUCKBY bowed out of the FA Cup on Tuesday night when they were beaten 4-0 in their extra preliminary round replay at Hanworth Villa.

It will be a massive frustration for manager Dan Stewart, as his side were 1-0 going into the final three minutes of Saturday’s original tie before pegged back to draw 1-1.

On Saturday, Buckby are in UCL Premier Division action at Holbeach.