Northwood 1  Chipstead 1

Saturday 19th March 2022


1 Daniel Purdue    
2 Sam Jenkins (32m)    
3 Andy Lomas    
4 Luke Tingey    
5 Keagan Cole    
6 Teddy Stacey © (56m)    
7 Kristian Belousas (65m)    
8 Matt Surmon    
9 Josh Helmore    
10 Sydney Ibie    
11 Carl Stewart    
12 Ryan Young (32m)    
14 Alex More (56m)    
15 Jesse Boateng    
16 Will Robinson    
17 Kyal Williams (65m)    

Chipstead: Matt Kerbey, Jonathan GJoshe, Peter Wedgeworth, Zohair Irtiza-Ali, Jamal Abubakari, Callum McAllister, Kieran Lavery, Tom Smith, Andy Kabuikusomo, Jack Beadle, Warren Colman (Armani-Jordan Martin 58m)


The Woods extended their unbeaten home record in the league in 2022 as they shared the points with Chipstead in the mid-table clash at the Fenton.

There were a number of changes to the Northwood line up as they looked to bounce back from the disappointing performance at South Park. Goalkeeper Daniel Purdue made a return between the sticks in place of the injured Dan Hosier while injuries to central defenders Tommy Boxer and James Gurteen meant a return to the starting eleven for skipper Keagan Cole, with Teddy Stacey dropping back into the three-man defence. Sam Jenkins returned at right wing-back following his recovery from his recent hamstring problem, Matt Surmon moving into central midfield, while there was a first league start for attacker Kristian Belousas in place of Kyal Williams.

Woods made a positive start with Josh Helmore not far away with a cleanly hit effort from 25 yards before the same player almost latched onto an enticing Andy Lomas cross after the latter was superbly picked out by Stacey’s ball from deep.

And Northwood were rewarded for their early efforts as they took the lead on 13 minutes from the penalty spot after Sydney Ibie was impeded by Callum McAllister as the Woods attacker cut in following a flick-on from Helmore, Cole sending keeper Matt Kerbey the wrong way for his fifth strike of the season.

Woods would have been confident of building on the perfect start, but it was the visitors who began to look the more dangerous as Purdue was quickly off his line to deny Jack Beadle after being played in by Tom Smith. And the Northwood keeper breathed a huge sigh of relief moments later as a mishandle presented Andy Kabuikusomo with an open goal, but with time and space to convert, the Chipstead number 9’s shot rebounded off the far upright and was scrambled clear.

Northwood suffered a blow on 33 minutes as Jenkins pulled up with what appeared to be a recurrence of his hamstring problem, Ryan Young his replacement. And while the hosts were looking to regroup, Chipstead continued to grow into the contest with Smith shooting wide from a good position following a cross from Warren Colman.


But having earlier failed to take a golden opportunity to get his name on the scoresheet, Kabuikusomo was presented with another chance as Purdue’s mishit goal kick fell straight to his feet, this time making no mistake to restore parity with 37 minutes on the clock.

Woods were rocked by the goal and offered very little for the remainder of the half with Chipstead continuing to threaten, Purdue gathering a shot from Kabuikusomo before an effort from Colman was deflected for a corner.

After conceding possession and almost gifting Chipstead another opportunity soon after the restart, Smith almost through to punish Northwood, the hosts gradually began to regain their attacking rhythm and ask questions of the Chipstead rearguard – Belousas finding the net from Young’s low cross following a sweeping move but denied by an offside flag.

Northwood had to reorganise again on 56 minutes as they lost Stacey to an ankle injury following a questionable challenge which surprisingly wasn’t deemed worthy of a yellow card, substitute Alex More slotting into the left wing-back berth with Lomas dropping into the back three.

Woods maintained their attacking momentum with Young sending a ball across the face of goal after being released by Helmore before another Belousas effort found the roof of the net.

Northwood utilised their third substitution as Belousas made way for Williams on 65 minutes. But it was Chipstead who went close as Purdue produced a full length save to keep out a Kieran Lavery free-kick.

However, the contest became an increasingly scrappy, stop-start affair with a flurry of yellow cards, mostly for dissent from the visitors, with neither side making much of an attacking impression for the remainder of the contest.

Northwood held the territorial advantage in the closing stages with the Chipstead defence dealing with a series of Luke Tingey throws into the box, Williams having a shot charged down and Ibie almost latching onto a Lomas corner.

But Woods were unable to fashion a winning strike, with the draw a fair outcome on the balance of play on a frustrating afternoon for the boys in red.