Uxbridge 0  Northwood 2

Saturday 29th January 2022


1 Daniel Hosier    
2 Sam Jenkins    
3 Andy Lomas    
4 Keagan Cole ©    
5 Tommy Boxer    
6 James Gurteen    
7 Alex More (86m)    
8 Teddy Stacey    
9 Josh Helmore (89m)    
10 Sydney Ibie    
11 Carl Stewart (46m)    
12 Will Robinson    
14 Ryan Young (46m)    
15 Yiannis Constantinou (89m)    
16 Matt Surmon (86m)    
17 Lewis Batten    

Uxbridge: Tyler Tobin, Alex Paine, Mark Goodman, Elliott Poley , Baboucarr Jarra (Victor Osobu 67m), Sam Shaw (Juwon Akintunde 75m), Prince Ogunmekan, Ezra Ndukuba , Lonit Talla, Anthony Mendy , Alex Witham (Mahlondo Martin 63m)


The Northwood juggernaut shows no sign of slowing as they claimed the sixth successive league win on their travels and another top four scalp by overcoming third-placed Uxbridge in the local derby at a breezy Honeycroft.

Woods went into the game without the injured Micah Jackson with Alex More his replacement, while there was a return for Sam Jenkins as Ryan Young reverted to the bench.

Northwood enjoyed the better of the early exchanges as they forced a couple of corners while Josh Helmore had a close-range effort blocked after a run and pull-back from Sydney Ibie. But Uxbridge negotiated the early pressure and proceeded to try their luck with couple of long-range attempts from Anthony Mendy and Ezra Ndukuba which failed to trouble Woods keeper Dan Hosier.

Uxbridge began to probe the Woods rearguard with Ndukuba’s shot being blocked before the loose ball was scrambled clear while the redoubtable Tommy Boxer cleared a Mendy shot off the line. And there was no let up for Northwood as former Wood Alex Witham latched onto Mark Goodman’s cross to direct a cushioned header into the arms of Hosier.

Woods were maintaining a good shape as they continued to rebuff the Uxbridge attacks and they reminded the visitors of their attacking prowess as they forced a corner from which Ibie saw his low cross-shot deflect of Baboucarr Jarra and shave the upright. But the half ended with Hosier being called upon to tip over a header from Sam Shaw.

Northwood were forced into a change at the break as Young replaced Carl Stewart, who picked up a knock in the opening half, Young dropping into the right wing-back berth with Jenkins pushing into midfield.

After Witham had an opportunity for the hosts soon after the restart as he sent a shot wide of the target, Woods twice went close through Ibie – Jarra clearing his shot off the line after More had set up the chance with a strong run and cross while keeper Tyler Tobin saved another effort with his legs after the lively Northwood front man had collected a neat through ball from Helmore.


Uxbridge were soon asking questions again of the Northwood backline, James Gurteen throwing himself at a Mendy shot with Alex Paine’s follow up being deflected wide before Witham saw his shot parried by Hosier as Andy Lomas blocked Ndukuba’s follow up attempt.

But it was Northwood who finally broke the deadlock on 58 minutes as Helmore teed up Stacey, who sent an unerring shot beyond Tobin from 20 yards.

Woods extended their advantage on 66 minutes after being awarded a free kick, More’s effort cannoning off the Uxbridge wall with Helmore latching on to the rebound and shooting across Tobin for his fifth goal in Northwood colours. And another free kick, this time from Keagan Cole, found its way to Helmore who shot wide.

Uxbridge looked for a way back into the contest with Ndukubu dragging his shot wide, but the hosts continued to be thwarted with Boxer and Gurteen impressive once again for Woods in defence with skipper Cole enjoying another fine game as sweeper. When the Reds did break through the Northwood rearguard, Hosier was up to the test as he saved well from substitute Juwon Akintunde.

Yiannis Constantinou and Matt Surmon were introduced for Helmore and More as Northwood looked to shore up things for the closing minutes. And after Mendy had received his marching orders on 90 minutes for what appeared to be an ill-advised comment to the match officials, Woods nearly put the icing on another impressive win, Ibie being denied by Tobin after breaking clear deep into stoppage time.