Northwood Under 18s 1  Hayes & Y.U. Under 18s 3 

Thursday 30th August 2012


NORTHWOOD UNDER 18s Ryman Youth League
West Division
Chestnut Avenue, Northwood
Team line-up

Northwood scorers

Palmer 60

1 Luke Humphrey
2 Alex Nolan
3 Issac Alawode
4 Eric Nyarko
5 Alex Ishola
6 David Palmer
7 Rummell Coombs
8 Ronnie Blagdon
9 Michael Elderfield
10 Luke Fox  
11 Darius Murray  
12 Pranav Amarnath  
14 Harry Fulbeck (10)  
15 Tilk Malhotra (8)  
16 Liam Doyle  
17 Courtney Powis (7)  

On a decent evening in front of a decent gate, Northwood’s first home game of the season saw them up against a very strong Hayes & Yeading team.

Hayes & Yeading came to Chestnut Avenue on the back of a 5-2 win against Bedfont Sports and attacked from the start. The pressure was constant, with Northwood unable to penetrate anywhere near the Hayes goal. For thirty minutes the defence stifled attack after attack but in the 32nd minute Hayes deservedly scored through Prosper Ezewuzie after a melee from a corner.

Less than five minutes later a long distance shotfrom Eddie Keen caught Luke Humphrey unawares and Woods were 2-0 down and facing a heavy defeat. But despite not forcing a single save from the keeper or, for that matter, a single corner they made it to half-time with no further scoring.

The second half saw little change and when Hayes added to their lead as Alan Musoke scored in the 55th minute things looked serious. Northwood could easily have rolled over at this stage but they didn’t, and for the next fifteen minutes they really took the game to Hayes. Michael Elderfield forced a flying save from Hayes keeper Minter, and it was nothing less than they deserved when David Palmer slotted home following a corner on the hour.

From there on in the game was more of a contest, although it has to be said that Hayes by far had the better chances and were extremely unlucky not to add to their lead when a screamer of a shot from Jaek Rawlings hit the bar in the later stages.

As the boys become more familiar with each other, I’ve no doubt that they will become a harder unit to beat, and for me personally the next couple of years seeing the team develop at this level is really exciting.

REPORT & PHOTOS by Alan Palmer