Hanwell Town v Northwood
By Clive Cooke
Report by Malcolm Paice
Hanwell continue to perform really well away from home but so disappointingly at Reynolds Field. They actually started this game more brightly than usual with a mazy dribble by Bradley Simmonds catching the eye in the first minute. Sixty seconds later Tyler Christian-Law latched on to a Woods’ clearance and found Danilson Vincente but his shot was only half-hit. However, Hanwell’s greater possession in the first fifteen minutes did not lead to any further chances being created and the visitors started to get on top.
As the game reached the quarter way mark the only goal of the game came about. Northwood executed a long, drawn-out corner routine which involved left back Andy Lomas finally making his way across the entire width of the field to replace the original corner taker. With the Woods lined up in an extremely unorthodox formation the kick was finally taken. By this time Town had lost concentration and the perfectly hit corner was flicked on by the Brobdingnagian centre back (and man-of-the match) James Budden to be met by Louis Stead on the far post. One-nil to the visitors!
Northwood almost doubled their lead immediately when a complete miscue by Tom Kennedy let in Joakim Ehui but the clear chance was wasted. Hanwell continued to hold their own in midfield but only troubling Berkley Laurencin in the visitors’ goal once, when he held on to Oliver’ Duffy’s long range shot at the second attempt.
The second half began in low key but exploded in the fifty-fifth minute when James Burgess was sent off for his tackle on Ahmed Mohammed. The home crowd had been incensed on a number of occasions by the referee’s leniency towards Northwood’s tackling and constant haranguing of him and his fellow officials but on this occasion he did not waver despite the abuse he received. This was Hanwell’s chance to take control but although the ‘Toon’ pressed, the visitors’ defence held out impressively.
With the home support in full voice Hanwell surged forward in search of an equalizer but rarely troubled Laurencin. Substitute Ryan Kinnane whipped in a dangerous cross but it was eventually cleared and Tom Kennedy fired over from twenty-five yards. Calum Duffy, now playing up front, did well to win the ball and send over a threatening cross but it evaded all. As in many previous games Hanwell showed tremendous spirit but failed to set up any gilt-edged scoring chances.
In stoppage time many supporters in the ‘Bob Fisher Stand’ rose to acclaim an equalizer but Bradley’s free kick, diverted by the head of a defender towards the top corner, was easily reached and held by Laurencin. The final whistle was blown and all three points went away with the visitors.