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NORTHWOOD FC   Tuesday 7th October 2014   GODALMING TOWN FC

Southern League Division One Central

  Northwood 1  Godalming Town 1   

Asamoah 16

Mazzone 45

Team line-up  
  Team line-up
1 Berkley Laurencin     1 Richard Ossai
2 Omar Vassell     2 Charlie Hutton
3 Andy Lomas     3 Nick Hutchings
4 Nick Turner     4 Antonio Simeone
5 Perry Dicker     5 Ashley Lloyd
6 Jordan Lawal     6 Chris Musgrove
7 Joakim Ehui     7 Will Hutton
8 Nana Asamoah (65m)     8 Steve Brown (63m)
9 Michael Murray     9 Liam Roberts (74m)
10 Ismael Ehui     10 Jack Mazzone (82m)
11 Sam Byfield     11 Darren Wheeler
Substitutes     Substitutes
12 Mason Yorke     12 Pietro Palladino
14 Mark Burgess     14 George Frith (63m)
15 Tommy Walsh     15 Graeme Purdy (82m)
16 James Duncan     16 James Ryan
17 Rob Hastings (65m)     17 Piers Oldland (74m)
      Referee: Craig Pullen; Assistants: M Chisholm & K Banton      

REPORT by Alan Evans   
PHOTOS: Courtesy of


The Woods were unable to notch back-to-back victories but can be satisfied with the point gained from this competitive fixture against an impressive Godalming Town side who played their part in an entertaining contest. It was an unchanged Northwood starting line-up from that which had won at Bedworth at the weekend but it was the visitors who settled quickest and enjoyed the better of the opening stages.

However, nothing came of that apart from one shot straight at goalkeeper Berkley Laurencin from Will Hutton and after Sam Byfield had hit a similar shot at Richard Ossai at the other end, the Woods took a seventeenth minute lead. Nana Asamoah latched onto a defensive slip from Chris Musgrove and then found space to curl a shot across goal and inside the far post.

Ismael Ehui sliced a shot wide from a good position but generally, the final ball was lacking at both ends as defences stayed on top until the final stages of the first-half. With the whistle for the break only seconds away, Perry Dicker clumsily clipped Jack Mazzone right on the edge of the area and the assistant referee gave the ultimate penalty for the challenge. The G’s top scorer Mazzone took responsibility for the spot-kick himself and stroked it neatly past Laurencin to level the scores.

The visitors were clearly buoyed by the goal and started the second-half well. Darren Wheeler had an early effort pushed wide by Laurencin and then another was straight at the Woods keeper who was looking solid.

Northwood eventually started to match Godalming for endeavour in the middle of the park and it lead to a good run and cross from Ismael Ehui that was touched inches wide of his own post by Musgrove. Ismael Ehui then ran onto a good flick by Michael Murray but had his good strike deflected wide of the post by Musgrove.

On 62 minutes Joakim Ehui raced down the right and his cross fell kindly to his brother Ismael Ehui who struck well but Ossai pulled off a fine save. Rob Hastings replaced a limping Asamoah and Musgrove was booked for a tackle from behind on Ismael Ehui as the Woods striker continued to be a threat but Murray’s free-kick was inches over the bar.

Godalming were far from finished, though, and on 73 minutes as the tricky Wheeler put in another cross that flashed across the face of goal and was deflected for a corner. From that Mazzone got in a shot at goal but Laurencin gathered safely.

Hastings had a chance after a quick break involving Byfield and Ismael Ehui put him into the box but his first touch let him down and the ball was cleared. Then Joakim Ehui went on a mazy dribble down the centre and past several challenges only to fire his shot straight at Ossai from the edge of the box.

The Woods should have grabbed the lead after a couple of great chances in the closing-stages. On 83 minutes, Byfield let fly from distance and when Ossai parried, Hastings was quickest to the rebound but saw his volley blocked. Just two minutes later Byfield got forward again and when Joakim Ehui centred from his deep cross, it was met by Ismael Ehui but he steered his shot wide of the target from just six yards.

A free-kick at either end brought no heroics and the game ended in a 1-1 draw that seemed to satisfy both parties. They will do it all again in a week’s time, this time ay Godalming in the Red Insure League Cup and if this game is anything to go by, it should be another interesting cup-tie.