Rayners Lane 0  Northwood 11

Tuesday 19th March 2019


1 Rob Partington    
2 Kieran Asumadu-Sakyi    
3 Matt Cooper    
4 A Triallist    
5 Imran Uche    
6 Jabir Laraba    
7 Leigh Stevens    
8 Kerran Lataille    
9 Zaied Sabti    
10 Ben Pattie    
11 Kyran Worrell    
12 Sam Netscher    
14 Dan Cresswell    
15 Alex Witham    
16 AA Triallist    
17 Trey Charles    
18 Yahya El-Khabouche    

The Woods cruised to an astonishing 11-0 victory in this friendly against Spartan South Midlands Division One side Rayners Lane on their excellent new artificial surface.

The game was arranged to enable Manager Scott Dash to give a good run out to squad players who haven't been involved much recently due to injury or unavailability, so left out the six of Luke Sheldrick, Sam Jenkins, Miguel Lopes De Matos, Carl Pearce, Dan Newton, Chris Gosling and Dan Pett from those that started Saturday's win over Chipstead, while Kweku Lucan was still missing.

Rayners Lane, managed by former Northwood reserve team boss Dave Fox, had enjoyed a 6-3 victory over Broxbourne at the weekend and included a whole host of former Woods players in their line-up, including Jamie Doolan, Rob and Davantay Hastings, Alex Delasalle, Connor Bevan, Tom Pegrum, Dan Daggett and Connor Maher.

But the Woods looked quicker and more decisive from the very start and goals flowed throughout, with Kyran Worrell setting up both Jabir Laraba and Ben Pattie for simple goals in the first ten minutes. Worrell then got in on the act himself with a superb finish after 15 minutes before providing the touch that allowed Laraba a second goal ten minutes later.

The Lane had a chance to make their mark on the game two minutes later as Imran Uche was guilty of a clumsy trip wide on the edge of the area but Davantay Hastings skied his spot-kick and failed to test debut goalkeeper Rob Partington. The hosts were made to pay after 34 minutes as Worrell notched his second with a block on an attempted defensive clearance from Delasalle and then there was a sixth goal before half-time when Pattie bagged his second, stepping past a challenge before slotting into the corner.

Pattie completed his hat-trick on 56 minutes with a fierce strike that flew into the top corner, and one of a couple of triallists managed to get on the scoresheet with a clever lob after 65 minutes after a poor clearance from Daggett. Worrell then completed his hat-trick when sweeping home a cross from Trey Charles four minutes later to add a ninth goal. It was clearly his day when Worrell tried his luck from distance after 79 minutes and the ball crept inside the post past the diving 'keeper for his fourth goal and notch double figures for the Woods. That seemed to be the end of the scoring, but in the final minute Zaied Sabti knocked in a cross from the right and Alex Witham rose to head home number eleven.

There was some game time for two of the current under 18 players, with Dan Cresswell and Sam Netscher both settling in nicely, while Partington kept out a couple of Rob Hastings efforts in the second half to keep his clean sheet.

REPORT by Alan Evans