MONEYFIELDS FC   Saturday 16th December 2017   NORTHWOOD FC

Evo-Stik League South, East

  Moneyfields 2  Northwood 0  

Austin 31, Hutchinson 75


Team line-up  
  Team line-up
1 Steve Mowthorpe     1 Brendan Hazlett
2 Tyler Giddins     2 Isaac Olorunfemi (72m)
3 Jamie Ford     3 Romelle Alomenu
4 Jake Raine     4 Tayshan Hayden-Smith (86m)
5 Brett Poate     5 Lewis Hobbs
6 Sam Pearce     6 Brad Hewitt ©
7 Gary Austin     7 Lewis Ochoa
8 Joseph Briggs     8 Wilson Chingoka (87m)
9 Ryan Pennery (86m)     9 Mahlondo Martin (17m)
10 Steve Hutchings (86m)     10 David Taylor
11 Conor Bailey     11 Harry Newman
Substitutes     Substitutes
12 Max Smith (86m)     12 Paulo Montella (72m)
14 Louie Martin (86m)     14 -
15 Curtis DaCosta     15 Declan Nche (86m)
16 Daniel Wooden     16 -
18 Gavin Spurway     17 Kojo Gyimah (87m)






  REPORT by Robin Piper  



Northwood’s trip to the south coast proved to be a fruitless one as they suffered a defeat at the hands of a physical Moneyfields outfit. Woods were again unable to call upon the services of striker Jermaine Osei as he continues his recovery from injury while Michael Buckley was missing and faces a number of weeks on the sidelines after tearing his hamstring in the draw at Beaconsfield. Northwood were further weakened by the late withdrawal of defender Tom Gilbey after he was recalled by his parent club Staines Town.

The Woods again lined up in a 3-5-2 formation with Lewis Ochoa moving into the back three and Romelle Alomenu making his first start at left wing-back. Debutant David Taylor came into midfield following his arrival from Harrow Borough while Harry Newman partnered Mahlondo Martin in a makeshift Woods’ attack with Tayshan Hayden Smith supporting from midfield.

The hosts were quickly into their stride with Steve Hutchings curling an effort wide of the far upright before Woods’ keeper Brendan Hazlett was called upon to deal with a Sam Pearce free-kick.  And Hazlett was tested again as he clawed away Pearce’s near post header as he got on the end of Conor Bailey’s free-kick. The scrappy nature of the game progressed with Northwood struggling to make an impact as they continued to fall foul of the referee’s whistle.  But in a rare moment of cohesion for Woods, Alomenu looked to play Newman in but keeper Steve Mowthorpe was first to the ball to avert the danger.

Woods finally began to make a sustained impression in the Moneyfields half and should have done better as Taylor’s free-kick from a dangerous position was wasted after Wilson Chingoka was impeded on the edge of the box. And Issac Olorunfemi was the next to threaten as he had a shot charged down after a neat move.

Northwood’s spell of pressure was short-lived as the hosts looked to regain the upper hand. Lewis Hobbs received a caution after he was adjudged to have obstructed Hutchings as he broke through the Woods’ rearguard, Brett Poate hitting the back stanchion with the ensuing free-kick. And Hutchings was in the thick of it again as he saw his chipped shot deflect off the crossbar before Hazlett cleared the danger as Ryan Pennery looked to convert the rebound.

However, Moneyfields were not to be denied as they took the lead on 31 minutes in somewhat fortuitous circumstances, Hazlett miscuing an attempted punched clearance, allowing Gary Austin to roll the ball into an unguarded net. Northwood responded well to the setback with Martin having a close-range shot blocked before the same player was picked out by Hayden-Smith but was denied by a last ditch intervention from Pearce.

Woods were enjoying their best spell of the match as half-time approached,  Martin sending over a low cross which was just too strong for the on-rushing Newman following good work from Chingoka before the latter saw his shot on the turn gathered by Mowthorpe.

Moneyfields began the second period in an attacking frame of mind, Hutchings twice going close while Pennery saw his header glance off the bar following Bailey’s cross. And the hosts continued to threaten a second goal with Pennery being denied by good defending from Hobbs. Northwood were having their fair share of possession, with Newman reverting to a more familiar position on the left flank, the move offering Woods a greater attacking threat. But despite some useful  approach play, Northwood were unable to really threaten an uncompromising Moneyfield’s defence.

Woods made a change on 72 minutes, with new signing Paolo Montella being introduced for Olorunfemi  and Woods threatened as  Martin’s far post cross narrowly evaded the stretching Newman. At the other end, Hazlett was on hand to deny Pennery before the back-peddling Northwood keeper managed to get a hand to Bailey’s quickly taken long-range free-kick to divert it over the bar. But Hazlett was unable to prevent the hosts from extending their lead on 75 minutes, Hutchings heading home unchallenged from Bailey’s corner.

To their credit, Northwood stuck to the task of trying to get something out of the contest. Mowthorpe was finally tested with a shot from Martin before Montella‘s fierce drive was parried by the Moneyfield’s keeper. Kojo Gyimah joined the fray as he replaced Chingoka for the closing stages while Hayden-Smith made way for Declan Niche. But Northwood never really looked like penetrating a well organised Moneyfields rearguard as the hosts comfortably saw the game out to claim the three points.