NORTHWOOD FC   Saturday 30th March 2019   EGHAM TOWN FC

Bostik League South Central

  Northwood 0  Egham Town 2   

Thomas 44, McCarthy 57

Team line-up  
  Team line-up
1 Luke Sheldrick     1 Ryan Sandford
2 Dan Newton     2 Jack Hatcher
3 Miguel Matos     3 Kildane Tesfu
4 Yahya El-Khabouche     4 Tristan Toney
5 Imran Uche     5 Luke Randall
6 Carl Pearce ©      6 Samir Bajja (70m)
7 Dan Pett (57m)     7 Brandon McCarthy
8 Chris Gosling (58m)     8 Ashley Carew
9 Ben Pattie     9 Anthony Thomas (82m)
10 Kyran Worrell     10 Connor Channon (56m)
11 Kweku Lucan (66m)     11 Joseph Adoo-Peters
Substitutes     Substitutes
12 Jabir Laraba (66m)     12 Adam Mohammed
14 Zaied Sabti (57m)     14 Alexandre Miranda (82m)
15 Leigh Stevens (58m)     15 Morgan Cooper (56m)
16 Kerran Lataille     16 Joseph Morrison
17 Kieran Asumadu-Sakyi     17 Greg Wright (70m)


  Referee: Ian Stewart; Assistants: Jake Webster & Nick Fuller      
  REPORT by Alon Farrow   PHOTOS by James Brown  



Bottom of the table Egham Town shocked Northwood with a 2-0 win, their first points away from home this season. Goals from Anthony Thomas and Brandon McCarthy helped Egham seal the victory and break their away-form curse.

With six wins out of their last seven league games, it was a day to forget for Northwood who could not keep up their good run. The Woods’ manager Scott Dash made only one alteration to his starting line-up, with Kweku Lucan coming in for the injured Trey Charles.

The game got off to a very sloppy start with neither team being able to control the flow of the game, and it took 14 minutes for the first real chance of the game. Lucan burst down the right flank and whipped in a fierce cross, but Kyran Worrell at the far-post could not leap high enough to connect.

Egham had to wait almost 25 minutes for their first real chance, the ball was looped over the top of Northwood’s defence into the path of Thomas, but he could not control it how he would have intended, and Luke Sheldrick was there to punch the ball away.

The visitors’ goalkeeper Ryan Sandford was well tested in the 27th and 30th minutes, with both shots coming from Ben Pattie, the second of which was the better opportunity. Pattie was on the receiving end of a Miguel De Matos cross, beat his man, then struck the ball low, but the keeper was there to tip the ball around the post.

Another opportunity arose from a corner for Egham and Thomas, but his header was well caught by Sheldrick. The away side kept up the pressure and eventually, they scored the goal they deserved.

Anthony Thomas who had been a nuisance for the Woods’ defence all throughout the first half found himself on the end of another long ball, and with Sheldrick caught in no man’s land, Thomas’ shot looped into the net.

The away side started off the brighter side after the interval and Thomas was involved in a great opportunity once again, this time his whipped shot from 25 yards out just went wide of the post.

Not much further into the second-half, in the 57th minute, Egham went 2-0 up. Winger Brandon McCarthy’s 20-yard grass cutter shot beat the stretching Sheldrick and nestled into the bottom right corner of the net.

Nothing summed up Northwood’s performance better than Zaied Sabti’s poor free-kick and then an even poorer challenge, going right over the top of the ball and connecting with the player’s ankle.

Within the dying minutes of the game, Pattie and Sabti looked to combine for what would have been a consolation goal, but to no avail.