Forest are on the road again this Saturday, looking to build on last week’s 3-1 victory over Wadham Lodge and Tuesday’s 2-2 draw with Clapton.

Opponents Sawbridgeworth have struggled in their last three games, losing 4-2, 3-1 and 2-1 to Sporting Bengal, Ilford and Stansted respectively. Their only win so far this season came with a 4-1 hammering of Hackney Wick.

Sawbo have been one of the Senior League’s most consistent clubs in recent seasons, only finishing outside the top ten three times since 2009. Last season, they finished fifth with 83 points.

The two clubs have met 12 times in total, with 8 of those meetings coming in the last three seasons.

Our first meetings were both in the group stage of the 1998-9 Eastern Floodlit Cup, where Forest won 2-0 and 3-0. A 2-0 FA Vase win in 2001, and a 3-1 friendly win in 2010 made it four wins in four meetings for Forest, but The Stags would go on to win only two of the next eight games.

Despite Forest having won 6 out of the 12 meetings between the club, the goal difference swings in Sawbo’s favour, by two goals.

The highest scoring game was in the 2015-16 season, when Sawbo coasted past Forest 7-1, in what proved to be Terry Fogarty’s last game in charge.

You can follow the game live on Twitter on Saturday by following @walthamforestfc.

The Beer Hunter’s Guide to Sawbridgeworth

Sawbridgeworth, winners of the Beer Hunter’s Golden Handpump award for last season. What clinched it was the Gate pub, on the main road not far from the ground, which is also the home of the Sawbridgeworth Brewery.

Several of their beers are always available here along with guest ales, amid a lively local-boozer atmosphere.

However, if you work up a thirst on the hike up from the station, there are several pubs en route starting with the George IV (McMullens) – go a bit further and you’ll find the Old Bell in Bell Street, a comfortable 16th-century timbered coaching inn with Adnams Broadside and Woodforde’s Wherry on tap.

By the numbers

Played Won Drawn Lost Goal For Goals Against
12 6 3 3 24 26

Full record

Date Season Competition H/A F A
08/12/1998 1998-9 Eastern Floodlit Cup H 2 0
25/02/1999 1998-9 Eastern Floodlit Cup H 3 0
22/09/2001 2001-2 FA Vase H 2 0
27/07/2010 2010-11 Friendly A 3 1
13/09/2014 2014-15 Essex Senior League A 3 3
04/10/2014 2014-15 Essex Senior League H 3 3
16/12/2014 2014-15 Essex Senior League Cup A 4 2
29/08/2015 2015-16 Essex Senior League H 1 5
14/11/2015 2015-16 Essex Senior League A 1 7
24/08/2016 2016-17 Essex Senior League H 1 0
11/10/2016 2016-17 Essex Senior League A 1 1
07/12/2016 2016-17 Essex Senior League Cup H 0 4

Common people

Jack Leachman signed for Sawbo at the start of this season, and captained the team in his two appearances to date. Kevin Riley and Andy Purcell have also played for the Hertfordshire club.

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