BEACONSFIELD TOWN   Saturday 2nd December 2017   NORTHWOOD FC

Evo-Stik League South, East

  Beaconsfield Town 2  Northwood 2  

Minhas 7, 12

Gilbey 35, Olurunfemi 45

Team line-up  
  Team line-up
1 Ravan Constable     1 Brendan Hazlett
2 James Rogers-Oben     2 Lewis Ochoa
3 Mitchell Gutteridge (46m)     3 Tom Gilbey
4 Michael Peacock     4 Michael Buckley (46m)
5 Luke Neville     5 Lewis Hobbs
6 Wes Daly     6 Brad Hewitt ©
7 Aaron Minhas     7 Tayshan Hayden-Smith
8 Jordan Ajanlekoko     8 Wilson Chingoka (90+2m)
9 Alex Cathline (71m)     9 Harry Newman (77m)
10 Goldy Capella     10 Mahlondo Martin
11 Scott Cousins     11 Issac Olorunfemi
Substitutes     Substitutes
12 Ollie Jones (46m)     12 Romelle Alomenu (46m)
14 Kofi Lockhart-Adams (71m)     14 Nebay Haile (77m)
15 Callum Murphy     15 Declan Nche (90+2m)
16 Andre Costa     16 -
17 Stefan Powell     17 -



Referee: Stephen Bates; Assts: John Perry, Matthew Fletcher



  REPORT by Robin Piper    PHOTOS by James Brown  



Northwood overcame a two goal deficit to earn a deserved draw against former manager Gary Meakin’s  in-form Beaconsfield Town on a murky afternoon at Holloways Park. Woods were again without striker Jermaine Osei but welcomed back skipper Brad Hewitt and Harry Newman. Manager Simon Lane opted to continue with the 3-5-2 formation that worked well in the midweek draw at Thame, Newman and Issac Olorunfemi occupying the wing-back berths with Lewis Ochoa moving into midfield in the absence of George Lutaaya and Nebay Haile dropping to the bench.

After a steady start to proceedings with neither side posing a serious threat, the hosts took a 6th minute lead in fortuitous circumstances. Jordan Ajanlekoko was the provider, picking out Aaron Minhas whose shot deflected past the helpless Brendan Hazlett in the Northwood goal. The Rams were buoyed by their good fortune and looked to add a second through Goldy Capella but his shot was comfortably gathered by Hazlett.

Northwood gradually began to settle and they threatened with an incisive move, Mahlondo Martin laying the ball off to Newman whose shot flew narrowly over the crossbar. However, Northwood could be forgiven for thinking that this wasn’t going to be their afternoon as lightning struck twice with another Minhas shot from the edge of box taking a wicked deflection and looping over Hazlett for his second goal of the afternoon on 12 minutes.

Woods refused to feel sorry for themselves and looked for a way back into the game, Ochoa seeing a close range shot blocked by defender James Rogers-Oben before a Tayshan Hayden-Smith cross caused panic in the home defence with Luke Neville’s miscued clearance finally being scrambled away to safety by goalkeeper Ravan Constable.

Northwood continued to press but the hosts remained dangerous on the break with Scott Cousins seeing his shot deflected narrowly wide following a quick counter-attack, before Mitchell Gutteridge scooped his shot over the bar from the resultant corner.

Woods were showing enough to suggest there was a way back into the contest and Ochoa was involved once more as he tested Constable with a low drive from distance, the Ram’s custodian parrying the ball away to safety. At the other end, Ajanlekoko dragged a shot wide before Northwood’s hearts were in their mouths once again as another deflected effort, this time from Capella, looped safely into the arms of a grateful Hazlett.

And Northwood were breathing a little easier as they reduced the arrears with a goal on 35 minutes. Lewis Hobbs was the catalyst with a storming run down the right flank which resulted in a free-kick being awarded by the corner flag for a debatable hand-ball offence. Woods took full advantage of the situation, Constable failing to gather Martin’s free-kick and Tom Gilbey was on hand to convert from close-range for his first Northwood goal.

The hosts responded well and immediately threatened through Capella, but he headed straight at Hazlett before former Northwood man Michael Peacock had two bites at the cherry as he had a shot charged down before firing over the rebound.

Northwood suffered a an injury blow on the stroke of half-time as Michael Buckley succumbed to a leg injury, with Romelle Alomenu his replacement following his  recent move from Royston Town. But it was Woods who took advantage of the delay in proceedings as they caught the host’s napping in the second minute of added time. Olorunfemi  was on hand to deliver an emphatic finish to a sweeping move involving Newman and Martin to register his first goal for the club and send his side into the half-time break on level terms.

Northwood began the second period with Newman moving into  a central attacking role with Alomenu taking up his position on the left flank and it was to Woods’ credit that they forced Beaconsfield into changing their formation as they switched to a back three with Ollie Jones replacing Gutteridge. The action was now free-flowing from end to end as both sides looked to gain the advantage. Martin and Newman threatened for the visitors while at the other end, Hazlett had to be alert to tip Capella’s header over the bar before Alex Cathline sent a couple of shots wide of the target.

Beaconsfield were growing increasingly desperate as they looked to extend their four- match winning run and they made another change as Cathline made way for substitute Kofi Lockhart-Adams. Northwood continued to find some good positions, Hayden-Smith feeding Newman but his shot failed to trouble Constable. Meanwhile, Hazlett was on hand once again to deny Lockhart-Adams.

The contest was becoming increasingly feisty as both sides strove for the winning goal, although Ochoa was perhaps unfortunate to pick up a yellow card for a robust challenge. Haile was introduced for a tiring Newman with thirteen minutes left on the clock and Northwood continued to ask questions of the hosts. Wilson Chingoka was narrowly offside after being picked out by the tireless Hayden- Smith while Olorunfemi went close once again for Woods as the contest moved into added time.

Chingoka made way for Declan Nche as the referee confirmed five minutes of added time, the only scare being a snap-shot from Jones which was forced away by Hazlett. Northwood safely negotiated the remaining minutes to put an end to the Rams’ winning run while securing  another useful point on their travels.