Abbott's Bring Home all 3 Points
By Ryan Handley
Victory and clean sheet at Northwood
The Abbott's were back in league action this week against a Northwood side that had nearly exactly the same record as Waltham Abbey. We made the trip around the M25 with nearly a fully fit squad with Rob Clark returning to the fold. Only Reece Morgan - again missing through injury and Michael Pindy - unavailable were not included in the match day travelling side.
It was The Abbott's who started the brighter of the two teams and it nearly paid off in the first few minutes. A deep left wing free kick was swung in by Rob Clark which found Billy Holland who connect sweetly with his right foot from a very tight angle. The ball hit the inside of the opposite post, and the Abbots bench was up in celebration as it looked like it was going in. Somehow (and we still don't know how!) the ball flew across the line and out for a goal kick! It wasn't long before we made the breakthrough though when Ross Dedman play a lovely through ball which found Ronnie Winn goal side of his defender. As the Northwood keeper came rushing out from his line, Ronnie kept his composure to lob him and put the Abbott's 1 - 0 to the good. Northwood rallied after this but created little, apart from one effort which saw them blaze over the bar from close range.
Second half started with a change for us as James Goode had a slight knock so he was replaced by Tim Ogunrinde and a little shift round of players. Northwood were having plenty of possession but The Abbott's defensive line were holding out to prevent any real opportunities at Arthur Janata's goal. In fact, It was the Abbott's who came closest to extending there lead when another Rob Clark free kick from the left found Billy Holland (sounding familiar??) who headed against the bar and the ball looked like it had crossed the line but not given. Not Billy's day infront of goal, unlike last week! The second did come though on 78th minute, when a Rob Clark free kick was played to Charlie Stimson who was able to turn his marker and place the ball into the bottom corner of the net. Northwood went close in the dying minutes when a direct free kick was sent just over the bar and Ellis Brown went close for us on the break away by being on the end of a flowing move but put it wide. The 90 minutes were up and Abbott's were able to prevent Northwood scoring, to become the first team to do so this season.
After the game, a smiling Mark Stimson said "To come up against a team who have started very well at home and come away with all 3 points is extremely pleasing to me and the staff. We knew that Northwood are a very good side and would create chances for themselves, so it was great to see my team keep them down to a bare minimum of chances. We now have a couple of weeks until our next league game so we will work with the players on various things and let some walking wounded recover."
The Abbott's will be back in action on 15th September 2018 with a home league game against Hayes and Yeading. 3pm KO!