Redbridge v Waltham Forest

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    Date Time Competition Season
    Apr 7, 2018 3:00 pm Essex Senior League 2017-18

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    Waltham Forest produced a remarkable second half comeback to secure a valuable point and cause another dent in Redbridge’s title charge.

    After a disastrous first half four goals in the second period, including a hattrick from Christian Owusu secured a point which will live long in the Forest supporters’ memory.

    The bumpy surface and a strong wind caused the opening half-hour or so to be a scrappy affair, but it was the home side who adapted to the conditions better. They had already had two good chances – including hitting the bar – before Coxi Sebastfao made the most of a long ball out of defence, slotting past Graham Hirst.

    Forest did have some half chances at the other end, and Billy Sendall’s looping header was cleared off the line. But almost straight up the other end Sebastfao made it 2-0 with a fine individual goal, dancing around two tackles before rolling home.

    And when Calvin Poku made it 3-0 just before half time with an easy tap-in, it looked for all the world like the game was over.

    But Forest came out with renewed positivity in the second half, and were rewarded on 57 when Christian Owusu was able to give himself a yard in the box before firing past former Stag Lewis Greene in the Redbridge goal.

    One became two just three minutes later when the petulant Vinnie Murphy bundled Owusu over in the box. Despite Murphy and Greene’s best delaying tactics, the striker smashed the ball home.

    The second half wasn’t all plain sailing though, as Forest gave away a soft free kick resulting in Phillip Browne Bamfpoe tapping in to restore Redbridge’s two goal advantage.

    Tony DaSilva made an instant impact for Forest after coming on, turning his man in the box and finishing under Greene, to give his side a glimmer of hope on 82.

    Spurred on by the Waltham Rabble, who were in fine voice, another substitute, Jonjo Walsh went agonizingly close to leveling the score on 89, but Greene’s fingertips somehow kept his low header out.

    But with 93 minutes on a clock, DaSilva made the most of a loose ball to get it to Owusu, who made no mistake, smashing the ball past a despairing Greene. Cue wild celebrations both on and off the pitch.

    Forest’s hopes of finishing outside the bottom four are still finely balanced, but four points against two of the top three sides in the league have helped considerably.

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    Results

    Club1st Half2nd HalfGoalsOutcome
    Redbridge314Draw
    Waltham Forest044Draw