Essex Senior League: Hackney Wick must focus on Woodford Town before big AFC Wimbledon clash

AFC Wimbledon's Toyosi Olosamya scores the first goal during their London Senior Cup tie at Redbridg

AFC Wimbledon's Toyosi Olosamya scores the first goal during their London Senior Cup tie at Redbridge in February (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo). - Credit: Archant

The League One club will send an XI to the Old Spotted Dog on Tuesday after being drawn against Hackney Wick in the first round of the London Senior Cup

Hackney Wick’s poor form continued last night, as they lost 2-1 away to Waltham Forest in the Essex Senior League.

You could have forgiven the local club for struggling to contain their excitement though, ahead of a huge cup tie next week.

Tolga Dervish and his squad went to the Wadham Lodge Stadium yesterday evening and they then travel to Goffs Lane to do battle with Woodford Town on Friday night.

But it is next Tuesday’s big first round London Senior Cup tie which is the talk of the town.

League One outfit AFC Wimbledon will send a team to the Old Spotted Dog to take on Hackney Wick with the Essex Senior League side relishing the chance to test themselves against the Dons.

First of all, Dervish will hope to see more of a response from his players after a difficult afternoon against high-flying Takeley last Saturday.

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Saico Djop netted for Wick at Station Road, but it was a mere consolation as the hosts ran out 4-1 winners.

The defeat occurred just days after Dervish had secured his first victory as manager of the Old Spotted Dog club.

Tobi Adesina, substitute Robert Gaweda and Jermaine Nicholson scored for Wick away at Wadham Lodge to inspire a fine 3-1 victory for the league new boys.

It handed the Wick boss his first three points since taking over in August, but they’ve not been able to build on it.

Waltham Forest’s win last night was just their third in the division this season and Dervish now needs to get his squad ready for another fixture.

After visiting Forest, Wick play again just 48 hours later when they make the journey to Hertfordshire to take on Woodford Town.

Town are mid-table after a solid start to the new season, but recently changed their manager, so it will be a case of expecting the unknown for Dervish and co on Friday.

Following that fixture at Goffs Lane, Wick will then have a few days to fully focus on hosting the Dons.

Wimbledon, like they did away to Redbridge last season, will only bring a second string side, but it will be a great occasion for chairman Bobby Kasanga and the rest of the Wick faithful.

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