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CHALFONT ST PETER   Saturday 14th February 2015   NORTHWOOD FC

Evo-Stik League Southern Division One Central

  Chalfont St Peter 0  Northwood 0  


Team line-up  

  Team line-up
1 Mike McEntegart     1 Berkley Laurencin
2 Sam Grayley     2 Omar Vassell
3 Adam Louth     3 Andy Lomas
4 Adam Pepara     4 Nick Turner (42m)
5 John Carroll (80m)     5 Steve Brown
6 Alex Paine     6 Perry Dicker
7 Glenn Yawa (70m)     7 Joakim Ehui
8 Louis Stead (84m)     8 James Burgess
9 Aaron Lansiquot     9 Niko Muir
10 Luke Brooks-Smith     10 Michael Murray
11 Jack Waldren     11 Rob Hastings (79m)
Substitutes     Substitutes
12 Myles Stephenson (84m)     12 Mark Burgess (42m)
14 Connor Hayes     14 Nana Asamoah (79m)
15 Liam Fowler (80m)     15 Jordan Lawal
16 Remmel Clarke (70m)     16 Liam Baker
17 Mikey Pearce     17 Alex Nolan
      Referee: Andrew Dine; Assistants: James Welsh & Michal Fogt      
  REPORT by Alan Evans    PHOTOS by James Brown  




The in-form Woods were looking to avenge an earlier home defeat against the Saints and will have been a little disappointed not to have taken all three points from this game having dominated for long periods in the first half. There were a couple of changes made to the starting line-up, with Joakim Ehui preferred to Nana Asamoah in an attacking role, while youngster Perry Dicker replaced the injured Dave Lawrence in midfield.

Rob Hastings caused the early problems for the Saints defence and after just four minutes he raced onto a through-ball and hit a good shot that rose just over the bar with goalkeeper Mike McEntegart well beaten. Louis Stead might have done better for the home side after being picked out by a Glenn Yala cross but his first touch let him down and he only stabbed a shot wide.

The Woods continued to hold the upper hand though. Michael Murray steered a free-kick narrowly over the bar but then flighted a perfect ball across which saw both Nick Turner and Steve Brown unmarked six yards out. Turner met it first though with an attempted volley and the ball flew over the top. Either player could have headed it in. Just two minutes later another good ball put Hastings through on goal again with just McEntegart to beat and he powered his shot past him only for the ball to crash back off the crossbar.

The pace of Hastings continued to cause problems for Chalfont even when switched to the left as he raced through again. This time he squared a ball hoping to pick out Ehui coming in on the right but he hadn’t quite made up the ground and another chance was wasted.

The Saints tried to hit back with a quick break that allowed former Woods striker Aaron Lansiquot to cut in but he fired wide of the near post and then they got even closer on the half-hour as Jack Waldren’s chip across goal clipped the top of the bar at the far post.

There was more danger for the home side though after 39 minutes as Ehui did well with a jinking run down the right and his whipped in cross was almost turned in by Muir before reaching Murray at the far post. He went for goal but was denied by a good save from McEntegart and the rebound appeared to come off the arm of Adam Pepera but penalty appeals were waved away.

There was a blow for the Woods just before half-time, though, as Turner went down with a leg injury and had to be replaced by player-manager Mark Burgess. Almost immediately, Chalfont had a half-chance that could have seen them steal a half-time lead as Waldren latched onto a slip from Burgess but Laurencin kept out his effort on goal. And it was the home side who also started the second half the better as Stead appeared to knock a ball too long for Waldren at the far post but he did manage to reach it with a shot that hit the side-netting.

The Saints then almost took the lead on 61 minutes as a Luke Brook-Smith corner was met by a powerful header from one-time Northwood defender Pepera only for Laurencin to deny him with a superb reflex save. John Carroll managed to get to the high rebound first and headed down towards the post but the Woods ‘keeper showed great agility to get across and pull off a double-save. After 76 minutes Murray hit a good shot on the turn after a good ball from Ehui but McEntegart showed that he was no slouch between the sticks either and it did seem that neither side was going to be able to find the crucial winning goal as time ticked away.

But it was Northwood who should have grabbed all three points after 88 minutes. Muir was put through down the right and he raced on before playing it inside to Murray whose good shot was saved by a diving ‘keeper. The loose ball was seized upon by Muir though and he had most of the goal to aim at as he struck, only to find defender Sam Grayley gallantly blocking his effort on the line to save the day for the Saints.

It was the Woods’ fourth goalless draw away from home this season and their lack of winning form on their travels remains the side’s Achilles heel during the campaign – but with just one loss in their last six away games, things continue to improve. Next up is a home game against lowly Leighton Town, who they drew with back on the opening day of the season.