UXBRIDGE FC   Tuesday 17th September 2013   NORTHWOOD FC

Calor Southern League Central Division

  Uxbridge 5  Northwood 1  

Tomkins 33, Warner 57
Woods 74, 90
Kabamba 87

Muir 17

Team line-up  

  Team line-up
1 Rourke Pickford     1 Jake Knight
2 Mark Smith     2 Danny McDonnell (77m)
3 Lewis Wallace     3 George McCluskey
4 Rob Fitzgerald     4 James Burgess
5 Mark Dennison     5 Steve Brown
6 Kevin Warner (86m)     6 George Nicholas
7 Nicke Kabamba     7 Jon-Jo Bates
8 Danny Julienne (80m)     8 Craig White (64m)
9 Matt Woods     9 Niko Muir)
10 Kieran Knight (31m)     10 Aaron McLeish
11 Chris Drake     11 Joakim Ehui (64m)
Substitutes     Substitutes
12 Wayne Carter (86m)     12 Mark Burgess (64m)
14 Tom Kanek     14 Ryan Phillips
15 Craige Tomkins (31m)     15 Oliver Sprague
16 Callum Madigan (80m)     16 Garry Senior(77m)
17 Max Hubbard     17 Dave Lawrence (64m)
      Referee: Shaun Scott; Assistants: James Harding & Ian Homewood      
  REPORT by Alan Evans  



The Woods endured a second half to forget as they crashed to a heavy defeat at near-neighbours Uxbridge, wasting the bright start that they had made to the game. Steve Brown returned to the starting line-up after missing a couple of weeks, with George McCluskey moving to left-back as Ryan Phillips was given a rest.

After a wet day, the pitch was in superb condition and both sides looked to attack in a very open start to the match. After just 35 seconds Jon-Jo Bates forced home goalkeeper Rourke Pickford into action blocking his shot and then recovering to smother the loose ball. Yet, just 20 seconds late the ball was up the other end and Jake Knight had to save from Nicke Kabamba.

Knight also kept out a Matt Woods strike at the near post but generally it was Northwood who were dominating the early stages and another fine sweeping move ended with Joakim Ehui setting up Bates for a good shot that Pickford pushed wide of the far post. A minute later Aaron McLeish raced through onto a poor defensive header and was in on goal but he took the wrong option, dragging the ball across the keeper but delaying his shot long enough for Rob Fitzgerald to block his effort for a corner.

However, from the corner, delivered low by Ehui, Niko Muir arrived to slot home the opening goal with seventeen minutes on the clock. Three minutes later, another fine move saw Bates get in a good cross to the near post but a defender just poked the ball wide before it reached McLeish and the Woods striker also fired well over after being set up by Muir.

After 31 minutes, Uxbridge were forced into a substitution as former Woods striker Kieran Knight limped off to be replaced by Craige Tomkins. Just a minute later, James Burgess was extremely harshly penalised with a free-kick against him having collided with Kabamba and Tomkins took full advantage by powering the ball into the top corner from 30-yards with his first touch. The equalising goal and the award of the free-kick had an astonishing impact on the game as the Woods suddenly lost the confidence that they had been playing with. Aided by a string of marginal refereeing decisions that went the way of the home side, Uxbridge were quickly in control.

Craig White lost the ball in midfield to Chris Drake who raced forward and slipped Tomkins into the box but he but he shot well wide of the near post. Then Bates, up to then a real threat to the Reds, picked up a yellow card when trying to regain the ball off of Kevin Warner with too much aggression. Just before the break Lewis Wallace knocked a free-kick deep into the box where Kabamba did well to head for goal but the ball flashed just over the bar.

There should still have been all to play for in the second half, but Uxbridge again looked sharper with Woods buzzing around and looking sharp, forcing Knight into an early save.
Tomkins also flashed a shot wide before Northwood had their only real spell of danger as a fine passing move put Muir in on goal and he should probably have squared to the unmarked Bates rather than shooting narrowly wide, and the same player had another similar effort a few minutes later.

It was after 57 minutes that Uxbridge took the lead as the defence was stretched by Kabamba and when his shot was only parried by the busy Knight, Warner was on hand to knock the ball into an empty net. Just four minutes later, the Woods were left with a mountain to climb. Bates was clearly unlucky as he chased a ball down.

Seemingly clipped from behind by Danny Julienne, his momentum took his challenge too high and the referee was swift to produce a second yellow which ended his involvement in the game. Julienne, far from saintly on the field, had managed to survive a persistent series of fouls and several chats with the referee without seeing yellow himself and he had got away with this one too.

The game threatened to boil over as Warner and Steve Brown were both booked two minutes later and then manager Mark Burgess made a double substitution, bringing on both himself and Dave Lawrence to replace White and Ehui.

There was just one flash of a chance for the Woods to level as McLeish did well in attack but then spooned the ball well over from distance. From there it was one-way traffic as Drake was denied by a James Burgess block in the area and then Knight tipped over from a Mark Smith free-kick. It was after 75 minutes that Uxbridge added a third but it was gifted by Knight who raced out to head away a long ball but only succeeded in knocking the ball straight at Woods who gratefully accepted the chance to score.

Woods should have had a hat-trick inside the next few minutes as he was given the freedom of the penalty area but he was twice denied by Knight and the striker also got lucky when raising his hands after a free-kick was given against George Nicholas with the referee turning a blind eye once again.

Kabamba added the fourth goal on 87 minutes when stretching to get his head on the end of a Tomkins free-kick and Northwood’s misery was complete in stoppage-time as Woods raced onto a through-ball from Drake to score his second from close-range.