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BEACONSFIELD FC   Saturday 13th December 2014   NORTHWOOD FC

Evo-Stik League Southern Division One Central

  Beaconsfield 0  Northwood 0  


Team line-up  

  Team line-up
1 Sam Bunting     1 Berkley Laurencin
2 Tom Gant     2 Omar Vassell
3 Johnny Gray     3 Andy Lomas
4 Jed De Souza (46m)     4 Mark Burgess
5 Alex Murray     5 Nick Turner
6 Guram Guramishvilli     6 Perry Dicker
7 Lee Togwell     7 Joakim Ehui
8 Ollie Jones (63m)     8 James Burgess (78m)
9 Aaron Berry     9 Niko Muir
10 Aaron Couch     10 Michael Murray
11 Elliott Carey     11 Rob Hastings
Substitutes     Substitutes
12 Ashley Kelynack (46m)     12 Dave Lawrence (78m)
14 Omari Patrick (63m)     14 Will Hudson
15 Zac Martin     15 George Nicholas
16 Adam Cash     16  
17 Spencer Eales     17  
      Referee: Tom Ratheram; Assistants: Ian Stewart & Jon Panconi      
  REPORT by Alan Evans    PHOTOS by James Brown  




It’s now one win in eleven away league games this season for the Woods but they will have been happy to have kept a clean sheet after a series of recent defensive slip-ups. In fact both sides had probably been working on their defences before this game, having shipped nine goals between them the previous weekend but the result was that chances were few and far between at either end and entertainment value certainly slipped a notch.

Perry Dicker returned to the side after suspension but Jordan Lawal joined Nana Asamoah and Sam Byfield on the unavailable roster, while Will Hudson was suffering from a groin strain, so with Ismael Ehui completing his two-match suspension, the squad remained threadbare.

The Woods enjoyed the better of the first half and a third minute free-kick saw Michael Murray flight a good cross in but Dicker was unable to get the vital touch as it went wide of the far post.  The home side did have the ball in the net when a quick break led to Aaron Couch racing away and firing home but an offside flag ruled that out, and Northwood continued to have the edge.

After 25 minutes a long ball across field from Joakim Ehui picked out Niko Muir and he controlled it well before firing a low shot wide of the target. Soon after, Muir turned provider by setting up Murray for another low drive and this time goalkeeper Sam Bunting had to get across quickly to push the ball wide. From the resulting Murray corner, Mark Burgess headed the ball on and Omar Vassell had a great chance to convert at the far post but Bunting blocked his effort.

Four minutes later, Dicker burst forward from midfield to get into the box but he was slow to get a shot off and it was eventually blocked for another corner which came to nothing and the scores were still level at the break.

Berkley Laurencin was finally given some action after 54 minutes, when he had to get down well to save from Lee Togwell’s 20-yard strike before the Woods went close again at the other end. Rob Hastings combined with Murray and the latter played an excellent ball in to the far post where Ehui’s touch was deflected wide.

Beaconsfield looked a little more dangerous in the second half, but it was Vassell who next threatened as he got his head to another angled free-kick from Murray but this was flicked wide and after 78 minutes the Woods gambled by taking off James Burgess, who had been protecting the back four; replacing him with the more attack-minded Dave Lawrence.

Sycob immediately found more room and after Laurencin had claimed a headed flick-on quite well, he was beaten by an Aaron Berry strike only for Nick Turner to clear off the line.

Northwood’s hit back on 85 minutes after Hastings had won a ball and played it to Lawrence, who let fly from 25 yards with a shot that crept only just over the bar. Then in the closing stages, a poor ball out of defence from Guram Guramishvilli saw Ehui seize on it and attack but his angled shot across the keeper was also wide of the far post.

The Woods now have another week’s break but will also hope to have a few bodies back available for next Saturday; a welcome home game but against the League leaders Kettering Town.