Anthony Ladyman
Ryan Duffy 2
Luke Lynam 3
David Sexton 4
Feye Obileye 5
Shane O'Neill 6
Jack Bennett 7
Daniel Brown 8
Mikkel Thomas 9
Ben Trout 10
Chris White 11
Toby Bryan (6) 12
Kyle Windlater (10) 14
Stuart Onslow (7) 15








Northwood overcame their close rivals Wealdstone for the second time in less than a week. It was ultimately a well deserved and comfortable victory, but Stones put in a terrific effort and were certainly a much improved side compared to the previous week.

The Woods had to have a reshuffle, with Fishenden, Hogan and Pearce required for the first team on Tuesday night.  As a result Anthony Ladyman reverted to goalkeeper and Feye Obileye dropped in to the centre of defence, whilst Shane O’Neill was welcomed back in to midfield after a long absence out with injury.

Northwood started confidently pushing the ball around but almost went behind in the sixth minute when Ladyman made a terrific save, as one of the Stone’s forwards found himself alone in front of goal after a bit of slack defending. 

Northwood re-asserted themselves and dominated the rest of the first half, only to be thwarted by a magnificent goalkeeping display from the young Stones keeper, who was simply brilliant. 

On 20 minutes Jack Bennett released Ben Trout in space and after an excellent run and shot, could only watch as the keeper pulled off a wonderful save to tip the ball round the post. On 27 minutes a surging run from Shane O’Neill, through the middle, ended with a shot that just went wide of the post. Two minutes later and Chris White skinned his full back and put up a glorious cross to the far post. Ben Trout met it well, only for his header to be scrambled off the line. A minute later and the moment of the match as a wonderful 25 yard strike from Daniel Brown crashed on to the bar. A minute later, and another superb move involving five players ended with a Trout volley being saved at close range by the Stones keeper. Still Woods kept coming, and in the 38th minute a wonderful run by Mickele Thomas ended with a shot across the keeper, which was again superbly saved. 

It was starting to look like one of those nights as the half time whistle went and still no score. The half time team talk was all about carrying on in the second half attacking with pace and stretching the opposition down the flanks.  

Ironically it was a goal keeping error, the only one of the night, which saw the deadlock broken one minute in to the second half. Jack Bennett whipped in a free kick across the face of the goal. The keeper failed to cut it out, although he got a hand on the ball, and once more Ben Trout was in the right place to side foot it home.

This goal seemed to stir an excellent response from Wealdstone and they pushed young Woods back for the next 20 minutes. Northwood didn’t really help themselves by playing in the wrong areas and failing to get the ball out in to the wide open spaces. Toby Bryan came on for the flagging Shane O’Neill in the 55th minute and then Stuart Onslow replaced Jack Bennett on 77 minutes. During this period Woods lost the midfield and were indebted to a superb defensive effort from Ryan Duffy, Luke Lynam, Feye Obileye, and in particular the immense captaincy of David Sexton. 

The arrival of Onslow allowed Woods to wrestle back control of the midfield. On 75 minutes a wonderful ball from Ryan Duffy found Mickele Thomas in space on the right hand side. Thomas whipped in a great cross which Brown expertly chested down in to the path of Toby Bryan, who caught it sweetly on the volley and the ball whistled in to the corner of the net.

However a minute later there was a reminder for Woods to stay firm in defence as a ball over the top ended with the Stones forward being a little wayward with his finishing, when in a good scoring position.

On 80 minutes Kyle Windlater came on for his debut as Ben Trout came off, having tweaked his hamstring. The match was over on 85 minutes when a fine ball from Daniel Brown released Bryan on the right, and his teasing cross was met by the onrushing Windlater but the keeper made a brilliant reaction save. Unfortunately for Stones, Chris White was on hand to stroke the rebound home from close range.

The game finished with another delightful passage of passing play between Luke Lynam and Daniel Brown. Eventually the ball was shifted out to Bryan on the right hand side, and his cross shot went narrowly past the far post.

In the final analysis, this was a pleasing 3 points which takes Northwood up to third position in the table.  It was a tough competitive match and the boys had to dig in when Stones were on top at the start of the second half. Chris White had an excellent night, looking very sharp on the left hand side of midfield and to be honest deserves to see much more of the ball, given the quality he produces. Daniel Brown was again a class act, Sexton and Obileye did incredibly well in central defence, so strong and determined. Finally Toby Bryan made a terrific impact in the 30 minutes he was on the pitch.