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Ash Trees 2 Woods 2

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Well, that was more like it, and then some!

 

Our best performance for several weeks and collectively our most committed and determined all season. A real ‘all for one’ effort today. Whatever was said after Tuesday night paid dividends.

 

On another day we could have scored five or six, but today a combination of bad luck and sharp saves from Northwood keeper Xavi Comas kept it to a point (and an end to the losing streak, let’s be fair) when we deserved a win. Credit to Northwood, though, who were tenacious and no slouches themselves, and both teams played very well in wet conditions and on a pitch which would have been strength sapping as the game went on, but not that you’d realise it. That could easily have finished 6-4.

 

We took a 9th minute lead when great work down the left culminated in a low cross turned home at the far post with a great finish by a sliding Elliott Poley. Northwood equalised in the 23rd with a similarly impressive move flick headed home by Wilson Chingoka. That was a facet of Woods’ play, getting back in the game quickly after conceding.

 

We got our noses in front again in the 63rd when a great run by Tom Brunton was thwarted by a foul in the box, and Fish slotted the spot kick home effortlessly. Back came Northwood, though, and ninety seconds later some pinball in our box resulted in Chingoka somehow threading the ball through a bunch of players into the corner for 2-2.

 

On both occasions after equalising Northwood took the ascendancy for a few minutes but, to their credit, our lads then upped the ante again and went searching for another goal, not least in the pulsating last few minutes when Northwood resorted to fouling on the edge of their box to keep us out, and we should have had a second penalty near the end after tireless James was upended.

 

Everybody put a shift in, with the balletic Tom Howard showing some very nice touches and he looks a good find. The defence gave an emphatic ‘none shall pass’ performance, with tackle of the season right at the end when my man of the match Elliott sent biggest player on the park Hamilton Bunga flying into the air through the impact of his fair but ultra meaty 50-50 challenge.

 

The lads will be unhappy at not winning, but they left nothing in the dressing room today and gave a display they should look back and be proud of.

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