Tuesday 13th February 2019


Bostik League, South Central

  South Park 1  Northwood 4  

Males 87

Gosling 21, Witham 35,
Uche 44, Laraba 73

Team line-up  
  Team line-up
1 Michael Eacott     1 Luke Sheldrick
2 Tom Summerfield (80m)     2 Sam Jenkins
3 Jake Hill (46m)     3 Miguel Matos
4 Andrew Herring (74m)     4 Yahya El-Khabouche(62m)
5 Chevan Xavier     5 Imran Uche
6 Harry Pollard     6 Carl Pearce © 
7 Ryan Richefond     7 Leigh Stevens
8 Ryan Healy     8 Chris Gosling
9 Great Evans     9 Tremayne Charles (71m)
10 Charlie Pitcher     10 Alex Witham
11 Sam Remfry     11 Kyran Worrell (63m)
Substitutes     Substitutes
12 Matt Males (74m)     12 Jabir Laraba (62m)
14 Jordan Serrato (46m)     14 Zaied Sabti (63m)
15 Jay Bradley     15 Kweku Lucan (71m)
16 Dan Stone (80m)     16 Dan Newton
17 Nicholas Keyam     17 -



Referee: J Wells; Assts: C Britton & W Briers



  REPORT by Robin Piper  



Northwood made it a memorable first visit to Whitehall Lane as they extended their unbeaten run away from the Acretweed to four games with an emphatic win over South Park. There were a couple of changes to the Woods team with Chris Gosling replacing the unavailable Dan Pett in the attacking midfield berth while Kyran Worrell was preferred to Kweku Lucan on the left wing.

The match began at a blistering pace with Alex Witham's delightful cross just evading the head of Worrell for Northwood while Luke Sheldrick produced a smart save to deny South Park's Charlie Pitcher. Woods proceeded to gain the upper-hand with their slick, incisive play, Carl Pearce heading narrowly over from a Gosling free-kick before Witham was denied by the fingertips of keeper Michael Eacott who diverted the header from Worrell's cross over the bar.

Northwood maintained their positive start, with Pearce heading wide from Tremayne Charles' near post corner before the visitors deservedly took the lead on 21 minutes. Charles was the catalyst as he threaded a pass through to Gosling, who executed a neat finish. And Gosling, who was enjoying his best game in a Northwood shirt, went close again as he poked wide from another Charles assist before the former was denied by a last ditch challenge after good work from Yahya El-Khabouche.

Woods continued the search for a second goal as the tireless Leigh Stevens saw his snap-shot deflected wide after he latched onto Worrell's low cross while Sam Jenkins and Charles combined before the latter mis-hit his shot when well placed.

At the other end, the hosts briefly threatened as Sheldrick made a point-blank save to deny Great Evans after a cross ran loose. However, Northwood's impressive first half performance was rewarded with a second goal on 35 minutes, Stevens back-heeling Charles' low cross into the path of Witham, who made no mistake to open his account for the club.

Woods refused to loosen their grip and after Worrell hat rattled the South Park crossbar with a 25-yard screamer with Eacott beaten, Imran Uche added a third goal on 43 minutes as he drilled the ball home from the edge of the box following a corner.

Northwood went looking for the killer blow at the start of the second period and Witham sent Worrell clear but his shot lacked the power to beat the advancing Eacott.

The hosts reminded Northwood of their threat as Evans fired in a low shot which was dealt with by Sheldrick while Sam Remfry tried his luck from distance. Things seemed to be petering out with the contest becoming increasingly scrappy as Northwood made a couple of substitutions, Jabir Laraba replacing El-Khabouche and Worrell making way for Zaied Sabti.

Woods were struggling to regain their rhythm and they were nearly punished for hesitation in defence as South Park threatened. Charles was replaced by Kweku Lucan as Woods sought to regain some attacking momentum and a fourth goal duly arrived on 73 minutes as Sabti fed Stevens who laid the ball off to Laraba, who rolled the ball home for his first Northwood goal.

Woods had further chances to increase their lead, Laraba shooting over from close-range while Keeper Eacott produced a double save to deny Stevens and Sabti. And Eacott stood tall again as he foiled Lucan in a one on one situation.

South Park, to their credit, kept pushing for a consolation and after Sheldrick got the slightest touch to a rising Evans shot,  the ensuing corner led to Matty Males pulling a goal back with two minutes left on the clock.

There was still time for Sheldrick to be tested by Evans once again but that was the last moment of note as the referee blew time to confirm another Northwood away win, the seventh in the league this season and the biggest since a 4-0 success at Chalfont Saint Peter in March 2013.