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Harold Wood edged out by leaders

PUBLISHED: 09:27 16 March 2017 | UPDATED: 09:27 16 March 2017

Latest news from the local football scene (pic Joe Meredith/JMP)

Latest news from the local football scene (pic Joe Meredith/JMP)

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Missed chances prove costly in slender loss

Harold Wood Athletic suffered a narrow 1-0 defeat in a hard-fought game with Essex Olympian League Premier Division leaders Hannakins Farm.

An early strike from Anthony Aylett was enough for the visitors to take the points, as Wood’s Dan Gillard hit the post and crossbar, while Dan Driscoll sliced a good chance wide.

Sean Crossley also headed over as defeat hurt Wood’s title hopes and sent them down to sixth place in the table.

They still have games in hand on teams above them, but their task looks much harder as they prepare to welcome Kelvedon Hatch on Saturday (2.30pm).

Neighbours Harold Hill fell to a 3-0 loss at Manford Way in their basement battle and host Springfield this weekend.

Wood’s A team lost 7-2 to Braintree & Bocking, with consolation goals from Ben Fogg and Connor Goldstone, but the B team earned a point from a 0-0 draw at Kenson.

The vets extended their lead at the top of the table to seven points, with three games to go, after a 4-2 win over Collier Row, as Richie Whiteman, Lee Millar, Chris Wolff and Mark Gower all netted.

*Hutton earned the bragging rights from their Olympian League Division One derby with Shenfield as Rob Clarke, Rob Lorkins and Kyle Linzell netted in a 3-0 win.

They visit Newbury Forest this weekend, while Upminster return to Division Two action with a trip to Sungate.

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