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|Aug 24, 2016||7:45 pm||Essex Senior League||2016-17|
Waltham Forest dug deep and made it four league wins out of four and six in six overall by beating a determined Sawbridgeworth Town 1-0.
Charlie Yexley made a full debut at right back, while Prince Madu continued at left back in place of the injured Lee Flynn. There was also a first full start for Jeff Hammond.
Forest started on top, and Brian Moses’ long-range effort was well saved, by Matt Ponter, but there was no one there to follow in the rebound.
Moses again went close not long after, beating about four men before his shot was deflected, when his best option was perhaps to square to Correy Davidson.
The game then petered out until half time, with the closest chance for Forest being when Ponter flapped at a corner straight onto Hammond’s head, but wide.
The visitors started the brighter team, and were inches away from taking the lead when McAteer’s corner bypassed everyone in front of goal.
It was then Forest’s turn to spur a golden opportunity, Hammond heading wide when it looked easier to score.
By now, it was an end-to-end hotly contested affair. Fortune should have done better when the ball fell to his feet in the box but his shot was straight at Harrison Seetah who saved well with his feet.
Davidson thought he should have been awarded a goal when his corner appeared to cross the line as Forest got more and more frustrated with the match officials.
Moses needed lengthy treatment after taking an arm to the face in the box, and was then kicked off the ball by a Sawbo defender, both missed by the officials.
But in the end, Forest’s perseverance paid off. Moses held up the ball well before rolling to Rheo Josephs who took time to compose himself before firing low and in off the right-hand post.
Sawbo continued to push for an equalizer, and forced two late corners in the 95th and 96th minute, but the delivery was poor and easily dealt with by Gareth Madden and Jack Fowler who were faultless all night.
Forest now travel to Barkingside on Saturday for another tough test.