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Northwood U18 1  Woking U18 0

Wednesday 19th February 2014

 

NORTHWOOD UNDER 18 Lucas Fettes Cup
 
 
   
Team line-up

 

1 Daniel Daggett
2 Eric Nyarko
3 Andre Cavaco
4 Ben Robson
5 David Palmer
6 Giles Townsend
7 Steve Ward
8 Ronnie Blagden
9 Hask Aziz
10 Jermaine Heron  
11 Adam Wais  
Substitutes  
12 Tom Bennett  
14 Patrick O'Connor (used)  
15 Jamie Doolan (used)  
16 -  
17 -  
     

Waiting for the Lucas Fettes Cup match against Woking had felt a little like waiting for a date with someone that you were a little nervous about. But this date was definitely worth waiting for, and if Woods had any nerves they certainly didn't show them.

From the start the boys were really up for it, and I think having beaten Northwood 4-1 earlier in the season, Woking were a little surprised by their improvement. Defences on both sides were well marshaled and chances were few and far between.

The best effort of the first half came from the excellent Giles Townsend when he went close with a well saved header. Woking, with ex-Wood Calvin Moses up front, barely got near the home goal throughout the first half and clearly the opponents’ manager wasn't pleased, as he let rip at half time.

Could we maintain our effort in the second half was the talk on the terraces at half time. And indeed the Woods could, as they matched Woking all over the park. Northwood were now beginning to look the more likely winner, but that bit of luck they needed just wasn't coming.

With around twenty minutes of the second half gone, keeper Daniel Daggett had to make his first important save of the evening when he pushed a Woking effort over the bar, and from here on in the game become a real contest.

Then with ten minutes to go and people beginning to think about penalties, Adam Wais produced a little piece of magic and calmly slotted the ball home to give Northwood that precious lead! The battle was now even more fierce but try as they did, Woking couldn't find a way through the home ranks, and Woods held on for what is probably their best win of the season.

It was an outstanding performance by the whole team: well done! In a season in which the young Woods have beaten Enfield Town, Met Police and now Woking, they move on to the next round of the Lucas Fettes Cup and a match at Sutton United with confidence.

For match photos click here.

REPORT and PHOTOS by Alan Palmer