NORTHWOOD FC   Saturday 22nd October 2016   FLEET TOWN FC

Evo-Stik League Southern Division One Central

  Northwood 1 Fleet Town 1   

Lomas 19

Cox 45+2

Team line-up  
  Team line-up
1 Montel Joseph     1 Ryan Pryce
2 Alex Nolan     2 Dan Williamson
3 Andy Lomas     3 Josh Francis (46m)
4 Mark Burgess     4 Ben Toye
5 James Budden     5 Dan Russell
6 Louis Stead     6 Josh Harfield
7 Joakim Ehui (72m)     7 Simba Mlambo
8 James Burgess     8 Craig Davis
9 Ryan Debattista     9 Ben White
10 Myles Stephenson (70m)     10 Pat Cox
11 Callum Wright     11 Rob Carr
Substitutes     Substitutes
12 Ismael Ehui     12 Brett Stanley
14 Louis Bircham (70m)     14 Jordan Chandler
15 Filipe Anjos     15 Taylor Watts (46m)
16 Luke Heneghan (72m)     16 Danilo Cadete
17 Frankie Jones     17 Jack French
      Referee: Conor Farrell; Assistants: Kennedy Kikulwe & John Hyde      
  REPORT by Alan Evans    PHOTOS by Lyn Bevan  

The Woods bounced back from their defeat at Arlesey Town with a point from a hard-fought contest against in-form Fleet Town at Northwood Park. Mark Burgess made a few changes to the side that had started the previous week, choosing Joakim Ehui and Myles Stephenson in place of Luke Heneghan and Louis Bircham while also welcoming back last season’s triple player of the year award winner Andy Lomas on a month’s loan from Harrow Borough. This freed Callum Wright to take up a more familiar attacking role.

Fleet had won seven of their last eight games so were in a confident mood as they looked to get the better of Northwood for the first-ever time and the game started in a fairly open fashion. After just four minutes Ehui got forward down the right and found Wright in a good position on the edge of the box but his volley flew wide of the target.

Goalkeeper Montel Joseph was soon in action, getting down low to push away Dan Williamson’s deflected cross which was heading for just inside the near post. Then Pat Cox got his head to a Simba Mlambo centre which held up nicely but again Joseph was behind it well.

Joseph saved well from Mlambo’s crisp strike after 15 minutes but four minutes later it was Northwood that took the lead as Lomas got forward into space and let fly from 25 yards with a shot that flew into the top corner to give goalkeeper Ryan Pryce no chance.

Five minutes later Lomas was forward again to latch onto Ryan Debattista’s touch to another Ehui cross but this time his shot straight at the grateful keeper.

But Fleet came back into things as the half progressed and as the break approached, they started to threaten a goal. After a corner had been half-cleared Williamson’s cross picked out Dan Rousell with a free header but it was straight at Joseph who saved comfortably.

But they were level with the very last kick of the half. A ball was played deep into the Northwood area and although Joseph appeared to have it covered, he was impeded and the ball ran loose. A quick pass bounced nicely for Cox to get his close-range header on target and level the scores.

The visitors came out full of running in the second half and a quick break saw skipper Ben White put through on goal. His shot was parried by Joseph and then Mark Burgess completed the needed clearance. At the other end, Wright knocked in a corner at the second attempt and when Mark Burgess headed it down, James Burgess volleyed over the bar from ten yards.

It was only a brief respite though as Fleet pushed forward again with another good ball that released White but he was denied again, this time by the outstretched foot of the Woods keeper who was getting plenty of action.
Ben Toye’s strike was deflected only just wide, Rousell flicked a close-range effort over the bar when Joseph failed to collect another high ball and then White got the better of both Wright and Alex Nolan down the left to put over a dangerous cross which was cleared by the alert Lomas.

The Woods were faltering in attack and made a couple of substitutions to try to change things around while the visitors also began to run out of steam. A free-kick from a dangerous place saw Craig Davis hit it straight at the wall and then White smashed the rebound miles over the top.

Substitute Luke Heneghan drove a low shot not far wide but it was a rare Northwood attack as the two defences had managed to get on top by this stage and the game petered out to a 1-1 draw.