Promising performance, frustrating defeat
  Saturday 22nd February 2020

Isthmian League
South Central


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Alon Farrow   
James Brown


Northwood 1
Ware 2

1 Jamie Stephens  
2 Ryan Phillips  
3 Jaden Sharman  
4 Charlie Kuehn (81m)  
5 Craig Carby  
6 Dave Thomas ©  
7 Yiannis Constantinou (76m)  
8 Luke Jones  
9 Romario Hart  
10 Radu Stefanoaica  
11 Eric Lopes (58m)  
12 Joakim Ehui  
14 Jordan Payne  
15 Festus Lori (81m)  
16 Tristan Noel (76m)  
17 Excellence Muhemba (58m)  
WARE: Calum Kitscha, Macsen Fraser, Pat Adamson, Leigh Rose, Gareth Madden, Daniel Rumens, Joshua Williams (Williams Danquah 82m), Thomas Bruno , Liam Hope, Andre McCollin (Alaa Oujdi 61m), Albert Adu-Donyinah  

Another promising performance from Northwood, against table-toppers Ware, frustratingly ended in a 2-1 defeat.

Romario Hart’s penalty put the Woods in the lead, but it was the visiting side that came away with all three points, after goals from Liam Hope and Gareth Madden.

Manager Rob Ursell recruited four new players in the week, and all were involved. Dave Thomas, Luke Jones and Radu Stefanoaica were put straight into the starting eleven, with Excel Muhemba on the bench.

The first half almost got off to the perfect start. One minute into the match, Charlie Kuehn’s strike from 25-yards almost caught out Ware’s goalkeeper.

Still early in the game Northwood kept up the offensive pressure. A great passing move, involving four Woods players, ended with Eric Lopes producing a poor shot, flying wide of the post.

The home team were the dominant side in the first 30 minutes, but they just could not find a breakthrough, with Lopes having the best of the goalscoring chances.

Macsen Fraser, Ware’s right-back, misjudged an easy clearance allowing the ball to land at Lopes’ feet, he had time to adjust his body for a curling shot, but it agonisingly went wide of the post.

The visiting side increasingly became frustrated with Northwood’s dominance, and tempers boiled over just before the end of the half.

The second half started off where the first ended, with Northwood looking the most likely side to break the stalemate. Five minutes into the restart their opportunity arose.

Hart, sandwiched by two Ware defenders, was brought down in the box, and a penalty was awarded. Having to wait a while for the referee to calm down the protesting Ware players, Hart calmly slotted the ball in from the spot.

With the Woods in the lead and the clock ticking down, Ware finally woke up and put on the pressure, winning a penalty for themselves.

Liam Hope scored from 12 yards after Jaden Sharman was deemed to have committed a foul in the box. After scoring their first of the game, the visitors played like a completely different side.

Having just over ten minutes left in the game; Ware took the lead. Albert Adu’s audacious long-shot was tipped over the bar and the subsequent corner was powerfully headed in by Gareth Madden.

Knowing that they were lucky to be in the lead, the away side used all the tricks in the book to see out the game. It was another positive display from Northwood that deserved points.