Search

Essex Premier Division: South Woodford ready to fight until the end in battle for survival

PUBLISHED: 10:00 05 August 2016

South Woodford captain Joe Craddock (pic: Graham Hodges)

South Woodford captain Joe Craddock (pic: Graham Hodges)

Archant

Highfield Road club know race to remain in top flight likely to run until last weekend

Joe Craddock is fully aware that South Woodford still hold their Essex League Premier Division fate in their own hands as the battle to avoid relegations seems to be going down to the wire.

The Highfield Road club hauled themselves to within six points of safety thanks to a surprise win away to defending champions and title-chasing Chelmsford last weekend.

South Woodford face another tough assignment on Saturday when they host second-placed Hornchurch.

After that, their run-in appears favourable with only one other match against a side currently in the top half, as Colchester visit on August 20.

And skipper Craddock knows his men have given themselves a fighting chance to stay in the top flight, even if it looked unlikely earlier this season.

“A month to six weeks ago, we were struggling, but we knew if we were able to stay in touch, we had a good end to the season playing the teams around us,” he said.

“After this weekend, we have that ahead of us and we still know that it is all to play for at the bottom.”

The weekend also marks the final round of 50-over matches, before the league returns to all-day games next weekend for the last four fixtures.

It also means it is the final time this season that there will be a definite result, as long as the weather holds off.

And Craddock is aware just how important it is to win this weekend, as a positive result will not only mean a huge swing in points, but will also be important in the mindset of their relegation rivals.

“The 50-over matches have been kind to us because that’s where all three of our wins have come from,” he added.

“In the all-day games, it’s crucial that if you’re not going to win, you dig in to get a draw or get as many bonus points as you can.

“In 50-over games, there are not as many bonus points on offer if you lose, so the swing either way can be huge.

“You can make up or lose ground so quickly on those around you. A positive result is a must this weekend, and after that bring on the rest of the season!”

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Romford Recorder visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Romford Recorder staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Romford Recorder account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Romford Sports News

58 minutes ago

Romford were left to rue a poor first-half performance as they fell to defeat at Bostik North rivals Mildenhall Town.

Yesterday, 22:15

Raiders skated to victory over their Peterborough rivals in National League Division Two on Saturday.

Hornchurch picked up only a second point in six Bostik Premier outings with a hard fought draw against high-flying Worthing.

Everyone Active Raiders came back from two goals down in the final period before snatching a thrilling overtime win over National League leaders Bracknell at Romford’s Sapphire Ice & Leisure Centre.

Yesterday, 18:06

Stopper became a father for second time just hours before winning man of the match award in win over Fylde

Yesterday, 17:01

Vanarama National League: Dagenham & Redbridge 2 (Wilkinson 28, Munns 64) Fylde 1 (Bond 1)

Fri, 14:00

Hornchurch manager Jimmy McFarlane says his side are not a million miles away from breaking their bad run of form in recent weeks.

Fri, 12:00

Boro were without a competitive game last Saturday, instead taking on landlords East Thurrock United in a friendly

PROMOTED CONTENT

From November, The Mercury in Romford begins to celebrate Christmas. The mall has plenty of gift ideas, fun events and activities for everyone

Vauxhall has completed its sport utility vehicle range with the third, and largest, Grandland X. We put the SUV, now available at Tony LeVoi in Romford, to the test.

“The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining,” so the saying goes. So if some warm weather is making your conservatory uninhabitable, think about replacing its roof with a flat one and adding a roof lantern instead.

Newsletter Sign Up

Romford Recorder twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read sport

Show Job Lists

Education Promo

News from your area

Competitions

A Romford photographer impressed the judges of a national creative photography competition with a picture of a stunning sunset.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Romford Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now