Northwood 2  Chalfont St Peter 1

Tuesday 8th February 2022


1 Daniel Hosier    
2 Sam Jenkins    
3 Andy Lomas    
4 Keagan Cole ©    
5 Luke Tingey    
6 James Gurteen    
7 Kyal Williams (80m)    
8 Teddy Stacey    
9 Josh Helmore (92m)    
10 Sydney Ibie (73m)    
11 Carl Stewart    
12 Micah Jackson(73m)    
14 Alex More (80m)    
15 Yiannis Constantinou (92m)    
16 Matt Surmon    
17 Tommy Boxer    

Chalfont: Andrew McCorkell, James Evans (Elijah Oladunjoye 73m), Brandon Kalu, Panny Boxer, Fabien Etienne, Ricky Brennan, Ash Abdollahi (Stefan Powell 89m), Isiah Noel-Williams, Isaac Monene, Josh Boorn, Jordan Junor (Harry Bailey 66m)


The Woods maintained their unbeaten start to 2022 thanks to a late goal from ace striker Josh Helmore who headed home with two minutes left on the clock to see off a stubborn Chalfont St Peter side who remain seriously threatened by relegation.

There were a few changes made to the starting line-up from Saturday with Sam Jenkins, Luke Tingey and Kyal Williams replacing the injured Ryan Young plus Tommy Boxer and Micah Jackson, who reverted to the subs bench.

And the Woods started brightly enough against a Saints side who had Ben Gill in interim charge after manager Aaron Steadman left the club following Saturday’s 0-4 home defeat against Thatcham Town. It was still in the first minute that Sydney Ibie was put clean through but goalkeeper Andrew McCorkell managed to block both his shot and the ricochet that followed. A couple of minutes later Williams was presented with another great opportunity but he swept the ball over the bar.

But Chalfont were making some inroads, too, and a neat through ball to Josh Boorn forced Dan Hosier to race out and block his shot at his feet, something he did very well.

Northwood were still shading it a little and they got their noses in front after 21 minutes as a result of Tingey’s long throw into the box. James Gurteen helped it on and it fell nicely for Keagan Cole to rifle his shot past the ‘keeper to put the Woods ahead.

The Saints rallied though and had a couple of efforts on goal, one of which, a free header perhaps should have hit the target, following another good cross from the impressive Boorn.


Ibie was continuing to cause problems for the Saints defence with his tricky runs down the left channel, firing a shot wide of the near post and then crossing dangerously into the box but that was unable to find a red shirt. Cole had another effort blocked as the Woods looked for a second, but they had to settle for just the one goal advantage at the break.

The thought at the start of the second half was that Northwood still needed another goal to kill the game off and for the first fifteen minutes they launched waves of attacks. Ibie saw another effort comfortably saved low down by McCorkell and then Jenkins played in Helmore, who failed to get a shot in on goal before Ibie was again played through but he poked a shot well wide as the keeper closed in on him.

Helmore then went close on 53 minutes but hit his angled strike wide of the far post before Panny Boxer made a fine tackle to stop a Williams run in its tracks before McCorkell made another save to keep out a Helmore effort.

The Saints finally got forward with another Boorn effort comfortably taken by Hosier, but after 68 minutes Isiah Noel-Williams found space down the left side to get into the box and draw a foul from Cole which led to the referee pointing to the penalty-spot. It was Noel-Williams who stepped up and confidently fired home from twelve yards to bring Chalfont back into the game at 1-1.

The Woods lost a bit of their composure in the next ten minutes as they tried to get back on the front foot, several wayward passes handicapping their efforts and it was only in the last ten minutes that they started to threaten again. Jackson and Alex More were both introduced as substitutes and they both made some impact but when the winning goal finally came after 88 minutes it was quite a relief, as Teddy Stacey recycled a half-cleared cross with a neat chip towards the six-yard box and Helmore deftly flicked a header across the keeper and inside the far post.

More went close with a shot that few past the post but in the final minute there was a real let off as a shot from substitute Harry Bailey hit the post and Brandon Kalu sliced the rebound wide of the target. Far from convincing in the end but the Woods had squeezed home thanks to Helmore’s fifth goal in six games to date for his new side.

Report by ALAN EVANS