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Northwood 1  Kings Langley 2

Saturday 7th August 2021

 

NORTHWOOD
     
     
   
1 Montel Joseph    
2 Tom Unsworth    
3 Aaron Petch    
4 A Trialist    
5 Ryan Avery    
6 Matt Surmon    
7 Shakeel Morris    
8 Matt Ayres    
9 Ismael Ehui    
10 Matteo Esposito    
11 Ezekiel Williams    
Substitutes  
12 Exauce Mapanza-Ditu    
14 Andrew Blake    
15 Joakim Ehui    
16 Sam Coles    
17 A Trialist    
18 Kyle Matthew    
gk Sami Nabbad    
       

Northwood completed their pre-season programme with a useful workout against Southern Premier outfit Kings Langley.

Woods settled well against their higher ranked opponents and they were the first to threaten as Matt Ayres broke from midfield to fire in a shot which was comfortably dealt with by Langley keeper Alfie Marriott.

The visitors gradually began to find their rhythm and they worked a couple of useful openings with Harry Crawford dragging his effort wide when well placed.

Northwood continued to ask questions of the Langley defence, with Shakeel Morris being denied by Marriott after latching onto an Ismael Ehui flick-on following a long ball from the back.

And Woods kept up the pressure as Aaron Petch’s Crossfield pass picked out Ehui who in turn found Ayres, but his shot was gathered by Marriott.

However, Woods managed to go into the half-time break with a deserved lead as Ehui headed home Petch’s free-kick on 42 minutes.

Northwood made a change between the sticks at the break as Montel Joseph made way for Sami Nabbad, but the latter’s first action was to pick the ball out of the net as the unmarked Roddy Collins converted on the volley following a corner to bring Kings Langley level.

And Langley maintained their bright start to the second half as Nabbad was called upon to deal with a shot from Harry Crawford.

Woods stuck to their task as manager Ben Murray rang the changes to ensure his whole squad got some game time, and they weren't far away from regaining the lead when Andrew Blake created an opening for Morris but his shot flew the wrong side of the crossbar.

But with the contest looking like ending in a draw, Jack Wood popped up at the far post to convert a Kyall Williams cross to secure the win for Kings Langley two minutes from time.