Saturday 5 September 2020


It was the start of the FA Cup on Monday evening at Harlow Town as Woodford Town welcomed London Colney in a Preliminary Round which may be the answer to a quiz question in the future.

It's the first time ever that the previous season's competition and this season's competition have been played in the same month with the final being on Saturday 1st August and this game played on Monday 31st August. 

The visitors took the lead via Ibrahima Kalil who slotted home from close range after Scott Knight's shot from the edge of the box was parried by Woodford keeper James Scammell. This was after Colney keeper Ellis Bunker had made two good saves in the opening minutes of the game. 

In front of an impressive crowd of 247 people it was Woodford's Luke Parrott who made the headlines. He came off the bench after an injury to one of his team mates and looked very impressive in an attacking midfield roll. The score was 1-1 at half time thanks to the 17 year old and it was 2-1 shortly into the second half when Rigert Rama capitalised on Bunker's error with the ball at his feet in front of goal to score. 

Shave La-Rose was then sent off for the home side when he tripped an attacker on the edge of the box when he would of been through on goal. 

The game could of gone either way then but it was Parrott who scored an outstanding solo goal when taking the ball from the half way line around a number of Colney players and calmly slotting home to make it 3-1 to the delight of the noisy Woodford Town ultras in the main stand. 

Woodford have a number of promising young players this season - As well as Parrott I was impressed with central defender Evangelos Emphochontsif who did have a trial spell with Championship side Middlesbrough last year. His partnership with Jack Newbury-Neale in defence looks a good pairing. 

The highlights of the game have been viewed on twitter nearly 15,000 times which shows the magic of the FA Cup is still very much alive and well. 



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