Victory sees Reds move up the table

WOODFORD United moved back into mid-table when following up a midweek win over Marlow with Saturday’s clear-cut success over Fleet after making the long journey to Hampshire.

Another double strike from Alfie Taylor did the trick with the speedy frontrunner again showing how easily he has made the transition from UCL football with the likes of Cogenhoe, Northampton Spencer and Wellingborough Town.

Taylor got Woodford off to a flying start in the second minute when curling a 25-yard shot into the top corner of the Fleet net. Then Ross Harris made an excellent goalline clearance to prevent Luke King from equalising for the home side.

Glen Hawkins doubled the Reds’ advantage in the 37th minute following a swift counter-attack but Fleet wasted a glorious opportunity to reduce the arrears when Pat Cox failed to connect with the ball from only a yard out.

Woodford then made certain of victory when Taylor volleyed past home goalkeeper Dave Smalley in the 70th minute to make certain of all three points for Phil Mason’s improving team.

Elsewhere in the Central Division there were home wins for Aylesbury, Uxbridge and St Neots while Beaconsfield won at Bedfont. The Biggleswade-Barton Rovers and Marlow-AFC Hayes games both ended in score draws.

Daventry Town’s Tuesday night opponents Uxbridge were shock 5-2 winners over Chertsey after the admirable David Lawrence scored twice himself before turning playmaker for two of the other three home goals.

St Neots moved back up to third place with a 3-0 win over Northwood but had substitute Shane Tolley sent off for a lunging tackle.

There were eight yellow cards and one red one as Beaconsfield won 2-0 at Bedfont.

But things were quieter at Aylesbury where the home side beat Daventry’s Saturday week opponents Ashford in front of their best crowd of the season.