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Staines Town U18 7  Northwood U18 0 

Monday 12th October 2015


NORTHWOOD UNDER 18 Ryman Youth League
Team line-up


This saw probably the worst start to a game imaginable; to go 2-0 down in 11 minutes, both due to poor defensive errors, then have your keeper sent off for quite an innocuous challenge, close to the corner flag, with two covering defenders, just summed up the Under 18s' evening.

We cannot take away that Staines started very well, with the impressive Colombus Iyayi, Lewis Collins, Terence Vancooten and Nebay Haile at the heart of every move; their pace, passing accuracy and clinical finishing caused the young Northwood side no end of trouble.

There is not much more that can be added in the first half, Northwood failed to compete, had no composure, lots of energy but again all too individual. Half time Staines 6 Northwood 0.

At half time the team was challenged to a man, to find some strength, compete and work as a team, press the ball, but above all, don’t allow Staines to dictate even though Woods were down to ten men.

As a massive positive to the evening, the boys did come out and gave a very hearty second half performance, Myles Martin, Jack McDonnell and Pearse White were the stand-out players.

Northwood  even created some good scoring chances, with Michael Brown hitting the side netting after 50 minutes. On 58 minutes Michael Brown fed Jack Mc Donnell, who only managed to drill his shot wide of the post. The second half was quite even in terms of shots on goal, Northwood corrected the defensive errors which had led to their own downfall in the first half and overall, we were pleased with the second half.

For 38 minutes the boys battled hard, won a lot of possession and held on reasonable well. But just when they started to believe they were going to keep a clean sheet in the second half, on 83 minutes, Staines managed a seventh, but again it was Northwood who handed them the goal on a plate. The team cannot afford to give such easy scoring opportunities to teams of this standard, at any stage of a game.

Back to the drawing board for this squad; in 10 days time Woods are away to another academy, this time at Ashford Town and the improvement and football savvy of this squad will improve 100%.