NORTHWOOD FC   Saturday 12th December 2015   ST IVES TOWN

Evo-Stik League Southern Division One Central

  Northwood 1  St Ives Town 1   

Stephenson 30

Watson 21

Team line-up  
  Team line-up
1 Berkley Laurencin     1 Tim Trebes
2 Alex Nolan     2 Harry O’Malley
3 Andy Lomas     3 Jordan Jarrold
4 Jon Munday     4 Charlie De’Ath ©
5 James Budden     5 Steve Gentle
6 George Nicholas     6 Jared Cunniff
7 Joakim Ehui     7 Scott Sinclair (84m)
8 Louis Stead     8 Peter Clark
9 Niko Muir ©     9 Scott Joseph (68m)
10 Myles Stephenson     10 Danny Watson (46m)
11 Rob Hastings (67m)     11 Ben Seymour-Shove
Substitutes     Substitutes
12 Max Holland (67m)     12 George Reader
14 Bayley Brown     14 Luca Dusi (46m)
15 Steve Brown     15 Sam Davidson (84m)
16 Mark Burgess     16 Chae Simons (68m)
17 Michael Murray     17 -
      Referee: Neal Templey;
Assistants: Ireneos Christodoulou & Costa Christadoulou
  REPORT by Alan Evans    PHOTOS by James Brown  



The Woods made it three league draws inside eight days after this entertaining battle against high-flying St. Ives Town. Jon Munday returned to the side in place of James Burgess who had succumbed to illness while top scorer Michael Murray was missing with a groin strain, so Myles Stephenson was given a rare start, having scored as a substitute in midweek. Niko Muir was chosen to be the fifth different skipper of the side this season. St Ives paraded a new signing in striker Scott Joseph, a midweek capture from AFC Rushden & Diamonds, as the Cambridgeshire side look to strengthen their bid for the title.

The visitors started with plenty of confidence, with another strong wind behind them and when a bouncing ball forward from Scott Sinclair led to a lack of communication between Alex Nolan and Berkley Laurencin in goal, Ben Seymour got between them to head towards goal but it was over the top. The Woods began to settle though. Muir cut in from the flank to deliver a low shot that lacked the power to beat goalkeeper Tim Trebes and then Andy Lomas sent over a good cross which Joakim Ehui swept towards goal but Trebes did well to push it over the bar.

Just a minute later, St Ives had a real chance as James Budden slipped and was robbed by Joseph. He moved forward but then shot early and Laurencin did well to move quickly and save to his right. Rob Hastings was getting plenty of joy with his pace down the right and a ball from Nolan sent him down the right. Trebes chose to leave his goal to challenge but got it wrong with Hastings going past him and knocking the ball into the centre but Steve Gentle was covering and cleared the danger. The pressure continued with Muir firing well over before a cross from Nolan saw Stephenson stoop to get a header in on goal but Trebes saved comfortably.

Suddenly, the visitors grabbed the lead when Jared Cunniff slipped a ball through to Danny Watson, who had timed his run well, and he finished like a real goal-poacher should to score the opening goal. The Woods battled back quickly and a well-worked move involved Muir, Ehui, Louis Stead and Lomas before the ball fell to Ehui but his shot was always rising and just cleared the bar.

The busy Lomas then provided the ball that led to the equalising goal. It swirled a little and Gentle missed the clearance that then allowed Stephenson a chance. The striker took full advantage by arrowing his strike into the bottom corner to give Trebes no chance. The industrious Peter Clark got forward well for the visitors and exchanged passes around the edge of the box to get a shot on goal but it deflected over the bar and it was the Woods who went closest to a half-time lead as a Stead corner was allowed to drop in the area and Hastings was denied by Trebes at close range.

Northwood also started the second half brightly as they looked to continue their comeback. Muir set up Lomas for a strike but he was wayward and then the skipper went close with a run and shot which flashed just wide of the far post. But generally it was more of a midfield battle with neither side able to create much. Mark Burgess replaced Hastings with the fresh legs of Max Holland and he was soon in action down the left, beating his marker for pace but wasn’t accurate enough with his cross.

St. Ives had replaced the tiring Joseph with Chae Simons and after 70 minutes, his run and tempting cross had Seymour-Shove stretching at the far post but his touch came back off the upright with Laurencin unable to get there. Holland broke free down the left again in a rare Northwood attack but he was denied by a good and important tackle from Jordan Jarrold.

It was the Ives that finished the stronger in the closing stages. Cunniff had an effort saved at the near post by Laurencin following a short corner and then Simons got in another cross from the right which this time eluded everyone in the six-yard box.