NORTHWOOD FC   Saturday 22nd September 2018   MOLESEY FC

Bostik League South Central

  Northwood 6  Molesey 1   

Cooper 11, Ewington 18, 31, 40,
Slew 56, Pearce 90

Cascoe 71

Team line-up  
  Team line-up
1 Luke Sheldrick     1 Sam Johnson-Freeman
2 Sam Jenkins     2 Ashby Charles
3 Matt Cooper     3 Alex Filipe (65m)
4 Wilson Chingoka     4 Ayo Majekodunmi (64m)
5 Jack Gibbs     5 Francis Quarm
6 Carl Pearce ©      6 Chris Wales
7 Jorome Slew     7 Ryan Marklew
8 Cameron Ferguson (80m)     8 Dylan Cascoe
9 Ned Clarke (72m)     9 Tayo Oyebola
10 James Ewington     10 Manny Quarshie
11 Keir Dickson (65m)     11 Adrian Spence (64m)
Substitutes     Substitutes
12 Kweku Conrad-Lucan (65m)      12 Erza Nelson (65m)
14 Miguel Matos      14 Athan Smith-Joseph (64m)
15 Ben Andreos (80m)      15 Eric Nwaogwugwu
16 Chris Gosling (72m)     16 Denzel Scott-Boyle (64m)
17 Hakim Nyariki     17 Sean Booth


  Referee: Alan Cresswell; Assistants: James Barry & Simon Parbery      
  REPORT by Robin Piper   PHOTOS by James Brown  



Northwood returned to winning ways in the league as James Ewington's second hat-trick of the season lead them to an emphatic win over lowly Molesey. There was one change from the team that overcame Bury Town in the league cup in midweek, Sam Jenkins coming in at right-back with Jack Gibbs moving to centre-back to cover the absence of Sam Tring.

Molesey came into the game still looking for a first win of the season and they started well as Woods goalkeeper Luke Sheldrick was forced into an early save to deny Manny Quarshie. Both sides were making light of the wet conditions and Northwood were soon on the offensive, Molesey 'keeper Sam Johnson-Freeman quickly off his line to twice deny Ewington as the striker latched onto balls from Ned Clarke and Wilson Chingoka.

The Moles reminded Northwood of their attacking threat as Ryan Marklew tried his luck from distance. But it was the hosts who took a deserved lead on 11 minutes as Matt Cooper's direct free-kick deceived Johnson-Freeman to nestle in the bottom corner for his first Woods goal. Northwood were immediately back on the attack and Keir Dickson sent over a teasing cross, following a surging run from deep, which was hooked behind by defender Chris Wales.

And Molesey's flat defence was found wanting once again as a searching pass from Sam Jenkins picked out Ewington, who showed deft control before slotting the ball past Johnson-Freeman to increase Northwood's lead on 18 minutes.

Sheldrick had to be at his best as he produced a point-blank save to deny Adrian Spence while Tayo Oyebola and Quarshie threatened with shots as the Moles looked for a way back into the game. But it was the prolific Ewington who showed how it was done as he increased Northwood's lead on 31 minutes as he ran onto Clarke's through-ball for a coolly taken second goal of the afternoon.

Sheldrick had to be alert as he dealt with a long-range Quarshie effort but at the other end, Ferguson shot narrowly over before Ewington was denied his hat-trick by an offside flag. However, Woods' hot-shot was not be thwarted and he completed his hat-trick with another clinical finish to make it 4-0 five minutes before the break.

Molesey's task was made almost impossible as they were reduced to ten men after Quarshie let  frustration get the better of him as he fouled Jorome Slew having earlier been booked for a reckless challenge on Chingoka.

Woods threatened further goals early in the second half as the hard-working Clarke shot wide on the turn before Slew found the side-netting after a strong run. But Northwood didn't have to wait long for a fifth goal after Slew rifled a shot into the far corner of the net on 56 minutes following good work from Jenkins.

Ewington, Slew and Clarke went close to adding further goals but as Woods took their foot off the gas, Molesey began to ask a few questions and they deservedly opened their account on 71 minutes as Oyebola fired a shot across Sheldrick as the hosts failed to clear their lines.

Substitutes Kweku Conrad-Lucan, Chris Gosling and Ben Andreos had been introduced for Dickson, Clarke and Ferguson respectively and Lucan sent over a series of enticing crosses which Woods failed to convert, Ewington missing a couple of gilt-edged opportunities.

However, Northwood were not to be denied as  they scored a sixth goal in the 90th minute, skipper Carl Pearce heading home Cooper's left wing cross to complete the rout.