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|Aug 17, 2016||7:45 pm||Essex Senior League||2016-17|
Waltham Forest produced a determined and resolute performance to make it three wins from three in the league so far this season.
The unavailability of Faisal Hemati and Mustafa Denizer meant a reshuffle at the back, with Jack Fowler and Gus Douglas making their full debuts.
And the game started brightly for Forest, Brian Moses forcing former Stag Sam Tanner to be alert in tipping over a long-range effort.
But Manor went straight up the other end, forcing a good effort of their own, and heading over from the resulting corner.
The game was a scrappy affair at times, but a good passing move released Moses who’s shot bounced off the foot of the post, straight into the path of Correy Davidson who composed himself before coolly finishing.
Manor had a good chance to get back into the game just before half time, Josh Sykes awarded a penalty after taking a tumble in the box – though Forest were puzzled as to what the penalty was actually awarded for.
After writhing on the ground in agony, Sykes bounced straight back up to take the spot-kick which he rolled low to Harrison Seetah’s right-hand side, giving the keeper an easy save.
The second half was as even as the first, though Forest had plenty of chances to put the game to bed.
Prince Madu managed to head wide from point-blank range, while Moses had two guilt-edged opportunities to increase his tally for the season.
But in the end, it was Lee Flynn, 43 next month who curled a rasping effort into the top right cover, after Ryan Maxwell laid back to him.
The goal came from a free-kick where Manor skipper Joe Johnson was shown a second yellow card after petulantly and pointlessly kicking Ahmed Mohamed.
The visitors upped the pressure and were rewarded as Kadeem Campbell reacted first to a loose ball in the box, heading into an unguarded net.
But Forest held firm, picking up three points to take them back up to third in the table.
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