NORTHWOOD FC   Saturday 25th February 2017   CHALFONT ST PETER

Evo-Stik League Southern Division One Central

  Northwood 0  Chalfont St Peter 1   

Paine 9

Team line-up  
  Team line-up
1 Thomas Spenser     1 Carl Dennison
2 Daniel Taylor     2 Jack Mullan
3 Andrew White (77m)     3 Gary Burrell
4 James Budden     4 George Fenton
5 Filipe Anjos     5 Adam Kirby
6 Louis Bircham (67m)     6 Alan Hedley
7 Joakim Ehui     7 Ryan Lewis (90+1m)
8 James Burgess ©     8 Alex Paine
9 Hamoud Salum     9 Jake Cass 
10 Myles Stephenson     10 Ismael Ehui (72m)
11 Fabian Brown     11 Chris Henry (89m)
Substitutes     Substitutes
12 Mark Burgess (77m)     12 Connor Shingleston
14 Massoxi De Souza Barradas (67m)     14 Ryan Wharton (90+1m)
15 Daniel Lebbie     15 Courtney Austin (89m)
16 Borja Loeches-Teixeira     16 Kofi Lockhart-Adams (72m)
17 -     22 Bradley O'Hara
      Referee: Thomas Marshall; Assistants: Tom Nicholls & Ollie Davies      
  REPORT by Alan Evans    PHOTOS by James Brown    

Northwood’s poor run of form continued as they went down to an early goal at home to neighbours Chalfont in a fairly uneventful game which saw three red cards issued. After a midweek thrashing at play-off seeking Barton Rovers, the Woods were looking to return to winning ways against a team in a similar position to Northwood both having dropped down the table in recent weeks. Thomas Spenser started in goal having recovered from a shoulder injury that had kept him out for three months while Daniel Taylor made his first start at right-back and striker Hamoud Salum made his debut alongside in-form Myles Stephenson up front.

Former Woods Gary Burrell and Ismael Ehui were both included in the Saints starting line-up but it was Alex Paine, who spent a pre-season with Northwood before choosing to sign for Chalfont a few years back, that produced the header that ultimately won the game after just eight minutes. Andrew White conceded a foul just outside the box on the right flank and a perfect free-kick delivery from Burrell found Paine unmarked to crash home a header.

Stephenson’s attempt to level two minutes later failed as he controlled well but then shot well wide of the near post while Spenser’s first action came after 20 minutes when a shot from Chris Henry was straight at home and taken comfortably.  After 24 minutes the Woods had a good chance as Joakim Ehui put in a very good cross which picked out Stephenson but he directed his header wide of the target but the Woods were to be dealt a huge blow on the half-hour.

Stephenson felt he had been fouled as Chalfont broke quickly and he continued his protestations enough to incur the wrath of a clearly sensitive referee who showed a red card for abusive language to leave Northwood with ten men for a full hour of the game. The Woods tried to shore up in defence for the remainder of the half. Spenser saved from Adam Kirby who also headed wide from a corner, Paine shot over the top and then a cross from Henry saw Taylor head a clearance against his own crossbar for a lucky let-off.

The second half continued slowly with Northwood showing very little attacking threat. It wasn’t until the 64th minute that Jake Cass had a great chance as Spenser raced out of goal and although he chipped the keeper and the ball spun goalwards, it still came back off the post and was cleared. A minute later Paine hit the post from a free-kick as the Woods goal continued to be under siege and Northwood had just the one chance when James Budden headed down in the box and Salum steered a shot wide of the far post.

On 72 minutes, the sides were evened up as Cass went in heavily on a challenge on White and was shown a straight red card. White eventually limped off to be replaced by Mark Burgess, who picked up a yellow card for a rash challenge within a minute.

With only a short time to save the game, the Woods could have produced a stirring finish but in fact they went out with a whimper and created nothing. In fact it was the Saints who should have added a second goal four minutes from time as Henry broke well down the left but he chose to square to substitute Kofi Lockhart-Adams whose shot was well saved by a diving Spenser. With just one win in twelve games, Northwood’s season was beginning to tail off badly and next up is a midweek away fixture at title-favourites Royston Town.