Northwood 0  South Park Reigate 2

Saturday 3rd December 2022


1 Andrew McCorkell    
2 Harry Gallagher (83m)    
3 Andy Lomas    
4 Riccardo Alexander-Greenaway    
5 Luke Tingey ©    
6 James Gurteen    
7 Ronan Hutchins (61m)    
8 Jake Tabor    
9 Micah Jackson (83m)    
10 Sydney Ibie    
11 Carl Stewart    
12 Junior Paiva (83m)    
14 Juwon Akintunde (83m)    
15 Josh Helmore (61m)    
16 Brandon Kalu    
17 Joe Reade    

South Park: Zak Basey, Jayden Edwards, Sam Tutt, Craig McGee, Matthew Faithorn (Will Hellestoe 80m), Joe Bell, James McElligott, Ben Jordan (Noe Vendrells 88m), Sam King, Brendan Murphy-McVey , Marcell Campbell (Abel Vendrells 70m )


Upset for Northwood fans as South Park Reigate beat the Woods at the Skyline Roofing Stadium 2-0, with one goal coming from a free kick while South Park’s second came late in added time.

In this game, Andy Lomas and Micah Jackson both returned to the starting line. Lomas returned to his natural side on the left while Jackson led the front the line with Juwon Akintunde reverting to the bench. Jake Tabor was also brought back after being on the bench away at Marlow.

The game got off to a lively start, with Northwood having the better chances between the two sides. South Park took advantage of their free kick and came close, but Northwood’s defence cleared them.

The closest they came in the first-half was from a free kick from Brendan Murphy-McVey, but Northwood successfully defended his shot. To counter this, Northwood also used Luke Tingey’s long throws to hurt South Park’s defence, but to no avail.

Northwood enjoyed spells of possession with passing  between full backs and the centre backs and driving these balls into the exploitive areas which were not marked by South Park players. Edging near half time, both teams were still locked together with nobody having the better chances.

Northwood came out after the break similar to how they came out against Marlow the previous week, still lacking in the final third and not winning the second balls.

Woods made their first change as Ronan Hutchins made way just after the hour mark for Josh Helmore. Helmore moved into the central attacking berth as Jackson dropped in behind, the change allowing the Woods to become more attacking.

PHOTOS by James Brown

Northwood’s best chance came when, in the 67th minute, Jake Tabor took the ball and whipped in a cross which narrowly missed and denied Ibie the goal he craved.

South Park finally broke the deadlock in the 75th minute with a free-kick from dead ball specialist Murphy-McVey who fired it into the bottom corner. This led to Northwood attempting to light the fire and attack with route one football. This then led to a double substitution on 85 minutes, with Jackson and Harry Gallagher being replaced by Akintunde and Junior Pavia.

The devastating blow came to Northwood’s unbeaten league home record after Noe Vendrell came flying down the wing and then slotted it past goalkeeper Andrew McCorkell to put the game to bed.

Despite the defeat, Northwood still hold top spot with Marlow breathing on their shoulders one point behind but with a game in hand. While Woods will want to forget about this, South Park will see this as vengeance after knocking them out of the FA Cup early this season. Northwood's next game is away at struggling Sutton Common Rovers with Sutton winning just one of their last five games, while South Park have a tough game at home against Marlow who are flying high with three wins out of five and who have not conceded in the last two games.

REPORT by Adam Millership