Binfield 0  Northwood 0

Tuesday 4th April 2023


1 Andrew McCorkell    
2 James Gurteen    
3 Andy Lomas    
4 Riccardo Alexander-Greenaway    
5 Luke Tingey ©    
6 Romario Jonas (64m)    
7 Shane Cojocarel (85m)    
8 Teddy Stacey    
9 Josh Helmore (66m)    
10 Gareth Chendlik    
11 Micah Jackson    
12 Carl Stewart (66m)    
14 Osaretin Otote (64m)    
15 Keagan Cole    
16 Jack Smith (85m)    
17 Dan Daggett    

Binfield: Harvey Rackley-Hayes, Kai Hobbs, Massimo Giamattei, Jonathan Denton, Liam Gavin, George Winser, Steve Ngunga (Harvey Harry 64m), Connor Holland, Conor Lynch (Taylor Morgan 86m), Brandon Curtis, Brad Pagliaroli (Luke Brophy 78m)


It was honours even as the two play-off hopefuls played out their second goalless stalemate of the season in the rearranged fixture at Hill Farm Lane following the weekend’s washout.

There was one change to the Northwood team which started the last outing against Westfield, Gareth Chendlik being restored to the attack alongside former Binfield favourite Josh Helmore in the absence of the unavailable Dan Williams.

Kick-off was delayed by ten minutes due to a small issue with the floodlights but once proceedings got underway, Woods applied some early pressure as they forced a couple of corners followed by a Luke Tingey throw into the box which was returned by Teddy Stacey whose deflected shot was helped on by James Gurteen as his back header dropped the wrong side of the upright.

Woods continued to take the game to their hosts with Micah Jackson releasing Shane Cojocarel whose low cross found its way to Helmore who saw his shot blocked with Chendlik’s follow up suffering a similar fate.

The Moles gradually found their range with Brad Pagliaroli a favoured outlet on their left flank - his cross picking out Brandon Curtis who had his shot charged down by Gurteen before the winger scuffed his shot after a run from deep.

The game continued to be played a frenetic pace with the referee ignoring muffled appeals for a Northwood penalty following a marauding run from wing-back Andy Lomas while at the other end, Woods ‘keeper Andy McCorkell was a relieved man as his mis-hit clearance fell to the feet of Curtis who saw his shot cannon of the crossbar.

Further chances were created by both sides before the end of a first period high on energy but lacking the required  quality in the final third  – Conor Lynch getting beyond Romario Jonas but shooting straight into the arms of McCorkell while Chendlik’s shot rattled the Moles’ crossbar after Stacey and Helmore had combined for Northwood.

PHOTOS by James Brown to follow....

The second half was slow to ignite before the Moles had the first opportunity as they were awarded a freekick on the edge of the Woods box but George Winser failed to take advantage as his effort sailed harmlessly over.
Woods slowly began to get back into the swing of the game and they worked a couple of good positions with Jackson trying his luck with a half-volleyed attempt which cleared the woodwork after another Tingey throw was only cleared to the edge of the box.

Both sides stepped up the tempo as they strove for the all-important strike and Steve Ngunga spurned a gilt-edged chance for Binfield as he lifted the ball over from close range after Winser cut the ball back following a corner.

Northwood made a double change just after the hour as Jonas made way for Carl Stewart while Osaretin Otote was afforded his long-awaited debut following his switch from Waltham Abbey as a replacement for Helmore - Woods switching to a flat back four with Stacey slotting in at right-back.

Northwood’s substitutions injected some fresh energy into their play and an incisive more saw Lomas send over a cross which just evaded Otote  who had taken up a useful attacking position while moments later, Cojocarel saw his 25-yard free-kick ricochet off the Moles’ crossbar.

With play flowing from end to end, Chendlik combined with Cojocarel whose shot was blocked by the home defence before Binfield had penalty appeals waved away as Conor Lynch went to ground with McCorkell keeping out the follow up from Jonny Denton. And McCorkell was called onto action again as he comfortably dealt with a shot from Curtis.

Woods made their last substitution with five minutes left on the clock as Jack Smith replaced Cojocarel, but neither side could break the deadlock, with Jackson’s lofted free-kick being cleared by the Binfield rearguard to signal the end of an entertaining contest – Northwood securing another vital point as they inch towards participation in the end of season play-offs.

REPORT by Robin Piper