Northwood 0  Broadfields United 1

Wednesday 3rd May 2023


1 Andrew McCorkell    
2 Teddy Stacey (87m)    
3 Andy Lomas (73m)    
4 Riccardo Alexander-Greenaway    
5 Luke Tingey ©    
6 James Gurteen (59m)    
7 Shane Cojocarel    
8 Carl Stewart (84m)    
9 Gareth Chendlik (61m)    
10 Osaretin Otote    
11 Micah Jackson    
12 Sam Jenkins (73m)    
14 Keagan Cole (84m)    
15 Romario Jonas (59m)    
16 Harry Gallagher (87m)    
17 Jack Smith (61m)    


Northwood’s season ended on a disappointing note as their Charity Cup final jinx continued with a fifth loss at the last hurdle this time to near-neighbours Broadfields United.

Woods went into the contest without the services of in-form striker Josh Helmore and fellow attacker Dan Williams, with Gareth Chendlik given the task of leading the line while a switch to a flat back four saw James Gurteen partnering Luke Tingey in central defence with Teddy Stacey at right-back.

The vagaries of the competition where cup-tied restrictions are relaxed meant Jack Smith could take his place on the bench for Woods, while there was the strange situation of the dual-registered Junior Pavia lining up against his Northwood team-mates and under 18’s skipper Joe Reade occupying a place among the Broadfields replacements.

Broadfields were quickly out the blocks and Woods keeper Andrew McCorkell was called into action as he raced from his goal to block an effort from Jordan Greaves. However, Greaves wasn’t to be denied as he gave the lead on the quarter-hour as he headed home a Pavia corner at the far post.

Northwood continued to be second best to a fired-up Broadfields outfit although Pavia overstepped the mark with a poor challenge on Stacey and was rightly cautioned.

Woods finally began to piece some passes together and Riccardo Alexander-Greenaway saw his shot from the edge of the box deflected wide while Tingey wasn’t far away with a header.

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But United went close to extending their lead before the halftime break as Greaves broke clear but Gurteen was on hand to execute a timely block.

Northwood had a wonderful chance to get back in the game immediately after the restart as Chendlik, Andy Lomas and Osaretin Otote combined to create the chance for Shane Cojocarel who sadly miscued from close range.

Northwood continued to push but for all their possession, goalkeeper Bradley Shaw remained untested, and it was at the other end where McCorkell had to be on his mettle as he produced a flying save to keep out a deflected shot from Kristian Swaby.

Woods made a couple of changes as Romario Jonas and Smith were introduced for Gurteen and Chendlik.
But Greaves continued to offer a threat for Broadfields as he shot into the side-netting while at the other end, Smith threaded a ball through to Carl Stewart who snatched at his shot which failed to trouble Shaw.

Woods utilised their full quota of substitutions as Sam Jenkins, Keagan Cole and Harry Gallagher entered the fray with Lomas, Stewart and Stacey making way. But Northwood’s efforts continued to founder on an organised Broadfields backline with Micah Jackson seeing his shot deflect wide before Otote had a shot gathered by Shaw.

And with the contest deep into stoppage time, Northwood had one last chance to force a penalty shootout as they won a freekick on the edge of the United box but Smith’s attempt deflected off the wall and with it went Woods’ last hope of finishing the season with some silverware.

REPORT by Robin Piper