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NORTH GREENFORD   Monday 6th April 2015   NORTHWOOD FC

Evo-Stik League Southern Division One Central

  North Greenford 1  Northwood 0  

Mitchell 55

Team line-up  

  Team line-up
1 Amadou Tangara     1 Berkley Laurencin
2 Borja Camacho     2 Omar Vassell
3 Catalin Fasie     3 Andy Lomas
4 Yannis Ambroisine ©     4 Mark Burgess ©
5 Ahmed Mohammed     5 Steve Brown
6 Jessy Yoboue (77m)     6 Perry Dicker
7 Charlie Mitchell     7 Joakim Ehui (69m)
8 George Moore     8 James Burgess (63m)
9 Anton Robinson (88m)     9 Ismael Ehui
10 Orlando Rodrigues     10 Niko Muir
11 Gerard Flanagan (63m)     11 Nana Asamoah (58m)
Substitutes     Substitutes
12 Bradley Morris     12 Dave Lawrence (58m)
14 Bryan Vigneron (77m)     14 Rob Hastings (69m)
15 Sofiane Hamadi (63m)     15 Jordan Payne
16 David Florescu (88m)     16 Michael Murray (63m)
17 Yvan Imbert     17 Davantay Hastings
      Referee: Gareth Viccars; Assistants: A Demetriades & Zack Ellis      
  REPORT by Alan Evans    PHOTOS by James Brown  




Once again this season, the Woods failed to perform to their best in a game against lowly opposition, this time in a local derby fixture playing a club pretty much doomed to relegation and playing for little more than pride and a view to next season. The side was strengthened by the return of Steve Brown and rotation saw Niko Muir and Nana Asamoah preferred to start in place of Michael Murray and Rob Hastings.

On an admittedly bumpy surface, the Woods never really got going against a North Greenford side that has found quite a bit of form in the run-in to the season and started confidently in attack. A couple of early corners showed the home side’s intent with Berkley Laurencin pushing one onto the post and wide with the other being headed wide by Borja Camacho.

Both sides had problems with getting any smooth passing movements going but it was still the Blues who looked the more dangerous with a cross from former Woods winger Anton Robinson picking out Gerard Flanagan whose good overhead kick was at Laurencin who collected comfortably.

After 17 minutes, Northwood had their first real attack as Andy Lomas got forward to latch onto a through ball following good approach work from Nana Asamoah and Ismael Ehui. But he switched inside onto his right-foot and although getting a shot in on goal, goalkeeper Amadou Tangara managed to dive across and push the ball round the post. When Asamoah blasted a free-kick from a good position into orbit on 23 minutes, the Woods response quickly petered out again and North Greenford began to threaten once more.

On 35 minutes Laurencin had to get down low to palm away a George Moore strike following a cross from Robinson and before the break a long throw was allowed to bounce dangerously in the area leaving Jessy Yoboue with an easy header but he placed it straight at a grateful Laurencin.

Any hope that the travelling Northwood contingent had of an improvement in the second-half was quickly extinguished as the Blues came out firing from the start. Another long-thrown led to a shot which Laurencin pushed over. Then the impressive Camacho robbed Ismael Ehui of the ball and raced forward before hitting a powerful shot that Laurencin spilled but there was no-one there to take advantage.

But on 55 minutes the game finally came to life as a free-kick was pumped in and when it fell to Charlie Mitchell on the edge of the box he struck the perfect volley that crashed in off the crossbar to give the Woods ‘keeper no chance. The Woods continued to struggle to make any impact, though the introduction of Dave Lawrence as a substitute seemed to provide a bit more accuracy in passing.

It was Lawrence who tried an effort from long-range on 66 minutes but Tangara saved comfortably and the home defence grew in confidence as the game wore on. On 80 minutes, the Woods won another free-kick in a dangerous area and it was played to Ismael Ehui who hit a powerful shot on the turn which flew well over the top and that about summed up the disappointment of the Northwood performance following the impressive showing 48 hours earlier.

It was North Greenford who came closest to adding to the scoreline after that with a Sofiane Hamadi header directed wide and then Laurencin pushing a Moore strike over the bar. Despite the victory, the home side will have been disappointed to also see main rivals AFC Hayes and Beaconsfield Sycob also notch wins against mid-table sides and it means that barring a miracle they are now relegated along with the Brook. Only an end-of-season reprieve can save them now.

For the Woods, they will need to regain their form for the final four games, three of them at home, if they are to finish in the top half as some of their performances this season has deserved. This wasn’t one of them.