Northwood 0 Hanworth Villa 3 

Tuesday 13th September 2022


1 Andrew McCorkell    
2 Sam Jenkins (86m)    
3 Andy Lomas    
4 Keagan Cole ©    
5 Luke Tingey    
6 James Gurteen    
7 Ronan Hutchins    
8 Riccardo Alexander-Greenaway    
9 Josh Helmore    
10 Sydney Ibie    
11 Ergys Pepaj (59m)    
12 Carl Stewart (59m)    
14 Lindell Stewart    
15 Harry Gallagher    
16 Rahim Jude-Boyd (86m)    
17 Brandon Kalu    
18 Dan Daggett    

Terry Buss, Tom Jelley (Dapo Apditooun 86m), Bruno Tingle, Rob Sheriden , Louis Taylor, Tom Bender, Charlie Ten-Grotenhuis (Jordan Williams 72m), Tom Scott , Jonathan Hippolyte, Sam Merson, Duncan Culley (Jordan Ellis 66m)

Northwood’s mood matched that of the weather as they suffered their second home cup exit of the season at a rain-drenched Skyline Roofing Stadium.

Woods were unchanged from the team which last played two weeks previously for the rearranged tie against their league rivals who were making their first visit to Northwood.

Hanworth were on the offensive from the start forcing a succession of corners which were dealt with by the home defence. But the Villains maintained their strong start with Tom Bender inches away from giving his side the lead with sweetly struck freekick which narrowly cleared the Northwood crossbar.

Having weathered the early storm, Woods began to make an impression with Sam Jenkins trying his luck from distance, Sydney Ibie working himself into a good position but miscuing his shot while a Luke Tingey throw caused a scramble in the visitors’ box.

The contest had a nice ebb and flow as chances continued to be created at both ends – Hanworth’s Tom Scott seeing his shot deflected into the side-netting before Bender had his header from a corner athletically clawed away by Woods keeper Andrew McCorkell. At the other end, another jinking run from Ibie caused panic in the Hanworth box but the Northwood attacker dallied on his shot and was crowded out before a Ronan Hutchins corner was headed back by Tingey but wouldn’t quite fall right for Ibie who shot over on the bounce.

The first period continued to be an open affair with Northwood surviving a goalmouth scramble as they struggled to clear the ball with Scott finally firing over the woodwork before Bruno Robertson-Tingle shot wildly over from a good position. The hosts’ main threat continued to be Ibie as he got to the byline and saw his cross-shot skim the Villains crossbar before Hutchins slid the ball through to Josh Helmore whose heavy touch allowed goalkeeper Terry Buss to smother the danger.

Hanworth came out strongly after the halftime break with Jonathan Hippolyte having an effort blocked before the same player fired over after a quickly taken freekick. And the Villains got their just reward as they took the lead on 50 minutes, Bender heading home from a corner.

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Hanworth went close to adding a second moments later, but Northwood managed to survive a game of ping-pong in their own box. While Woods looked to respond as they won a freekick in a useful position, but Keagan Cole’s effort failed to trouble Buss.

Northwood made their first change on the hour as Carl Stewart replaced Ergys Pepaj in the midfield as they looked to gain some control in the centre of the park, but the visitors continued to threaten as Duncan Colley tried his luck with a shot on the turn that flew past the far upright.

Woods looked to step up their tempo with Jenkins threading a pass through to Cole whose backheel just failed to find Helmore who was ready to pounce while an Ibie / Cole combination caused alarm in the Hanworth box as a succession of shots were charged down by the resolute Villains rearguard.

The visitors made a couple of substitutions as they looked to shore things up. And as much as Woods tried, their decision making and poor execution in the final third meant Buss remained untroubled in the Hanworth goal.

Northwood’s frustrations increased as they failed again to deal with a Hanworth corner, Bender scoring his second of the evening with five minutes left on the clock.

Rahim Jude-Boyd was introduced for Jenkins for only his second Northwood appearance, but  Hanworth’s passage to the next round was confirmed as they added a third on 89 minutes, substitute Jordan Ellis’ volley taking a massive deflection as it flew beyond McCorkell.

Buss was called into action in the closing seconds as the Hanworth keeper collected a Riccardo Alexander-Greenaway back-header from Tingey’s throw but it wasn’t to be on a disappointing night for the Woods.

REPORT by Robin Piper