Northwood 2 Hanwell Town 0
By Clive Cooke
Match report to follow
Meeting local rivals Northwood which after the previous weekend's results with both Aylesbury United and Leighton Town winning, this was a must win game for us but once again our inability to score proved to be our undoing.
We made a bright start with Michael Buckley, by far our best player on the night, dominating midfield but did not create any chances going forward and it was Northwood who had the best chance to take the lead when a good move split open our defence completely, but Rob Hastings coming in on the right flank blazed the ball wide. At the other end, Sam Hurrell shot over after the ball had been pulled back into his path by Bradley Simmonds and shortly after we missed a great chance to take the lead. A long ball forward found Connor Duffy and the ball reached Ryan Egan with the goal at his mercy but with the Northwood keeper, Berkley Laurencin, stranded Ryan shot wide. This miss was to prove costly as shortly afterwards Ryan Kinnane gave away the ball on the right and the ball was played through the centre of our defence where Hastings raced clear and this time made no mistake, sliding the ball past the advancing Martin Herdman. The woodwork then denied us an equaliser, Connor flicking the ball over Laurencin where it hit the crossbar and the keeper then did well to turn Ryan's follow up header to safety. Martin then did well to turn Louis Stead's low shot onto the post and behind. The half finished with Bradley trying his luck from distance in a similar fashion to his goal at King's Langley but this time Laurencin got back to make a comfortable catch.
The second half is one that is best forgotten as both sides seemed to be more concerned with fighting each other than playing any football. Six players received yellow cards but they were fortunate that the referee was so lenient because the colour of some of the cards could well have been red. We made two substitutions with David Manu and Tom Kennedy replacing Egan and Joe Chandiram and David in the time that he was on the pitch was by far our most dangerous player as he made several searching runs but without any real end product, the closest that we came to scoring being when he fizzed a cross across the goalmouth with nobody on hand to turn the ball home. With ten minutes to go, Northwood scored their decisive second goal. We failed to clear a long ball forward and Louis Stead made no mistake in a one on one with Martin.