NORTHWOOD FC   Saturday 2nd March 2019   BEDFONT SPORTS

Bostik League South Central

  Northwood 3  Bedfont Sports 2   

Witham 52, 71, Sabti 90+2

Luckins 7, Abdeen 32

Team line-up  
  Team line-up
1 Luke Sheldrick     1 Matte Pierson
2 Sam Jenkins     2 Tim Pitt
3 Miguel Matos     3 Jamie Richards
4 Kieran Asumadu-Sakyi     4 James Taylor
5 Dan Newton     16 Albie Sheehan Cozens
6 Carl Pearce ©      6 Simo Mbonkwi
7 Dan Pett (63m)     7 Sean McCormack
8 Chris Gosling     8 Perry Luckins (79m)
9 Kweku Lucan (90+4m)     9 Scott Harris (79m)
10 Alex Witham     10 Harrison Crawford (79m)
11 Tremayne Charles (79m)     11 Abdul Temitope Abdeen
Substitutes     Substitutes
12 Zaied Sabti (63m)     12 Kyle Lemon
14 Jabir Laraba (90+4m)     14 Charlie Postance (79m)
15 Kyran Worrell (79m)     15 Devante McKain (79m)
16 Matt Cooper     5 David Pitt (79m)
17 Kerran Lataille     17 Paul Johnson


  Referee: Tim Donnellan; Assts: Mario Stetakovic & Phil Wilkinson      
  REPORT by Robin Piper   PHOTOS by James Brown  



Northwood made it three league wins out of four as they staged a stunning second half comeback to overhaul a two goal deficit and gain revenge for the defeat suffered at the hands of Bedfont back in November.

Manager Scott Dash was forced into a couple of changes with Imran Uche and Yahya El-Khabouche missing from last week's defeat at Ashford. Miguel Matos returned at left-back with Sam Jenkins resuming his right-back role and Dan Newton moving into central defence, whilst Kieran Asumadu-Sakyi came into a midfield which was still deprived of the services of  Leigh Stevens.

Woods started well as Chris Gosling's through-ball sent Kweku Lucan clear but the latter snatched at his shot and failed to trouble keeper Matte Pierson. But the early optimism faded as the Eagles took a 7th minute lead through Perry Luckins as he headed home a cross after a partially cleared corner.

Woods went close to posting a quick riposte as a Matos free-kick picked out Carl Pearce, whose headed pass found Jenkins but his stretching header was wide of the target.

Northwood were strangely subdued as the blustery conditions were increasingly favouring the visitors and they pinned the hosts back as Luckins and Abdul Abdeen went close before the aforementioned pair combined but Luke Sheldrick was quickly off his line to smother the danger.

However, Sheldrick was left helpless on 31 minutes as Abdeen's deflected cross caught the wind and flew over the Northwood stopper to give Bedfont a two goal advantage.

Woods had struggled to make much of an impression in attack but they finished the opening period with a couple of half chances as Jenkins headed wide from a Tremayne Charles free-kick before the latter had his close-range shot charged down after good work from Dan Pett.

No doubt some stern words were spoken during the half-time break, and they looked to have had the desired effect as Northwood looked a different proposition upon the resumption.

Woods immediately threatened the Eagles’ goal through Pett and Lucan as they launched a series of incisive attacks. And it was no surprise as Northwood reduced the arrears on 52 minutes as Charles got round the back of the Eagles defence before squaring to Alex Witham, who finished with ease.

The home side made a change just after the hour, with Zaied Sabti replacing Pett as the hosts continued to look for the equaliser. Charles was proving a constant thorn in Bedfont's side and he created an opportunity for Witham, who miscued his shot before the latter spun smartly on a Asumadu-Sakyi pass and drew a fingertip save from Pierson.

Northwood kept up the pressure and they deservedly drew level on 71 minutes as Pierson was penalised for obstructing the on-rushing Charles, Witham converting from the penalty spot for his fifth goal in Woods colours. Kyran Worrell was introduced for Charles as Northwood searched for the winning goal and the substitute was almost in as he ran onto a Sabti through-ball but was denied by a last-ditch tackle.

But Woods were not to be denied and in the second minute of added time Sabti ran onto Gosling's defence-splitting pass before calmly dispatching the ball beyond Pierson to complete the turnaround and put the seal on the proverbial 'game of two halves'.