Northwood were comfortably beaten last night at home against Ashford Town, despite the Woods missing a penalty and hitting the crossbar late in the second half.
The result leaves Northwood with just one win in their first five league games and their third defeat in a row.
The Woods’ best opportunity of the first half came when the score was goalless when Richard Wall received the ball outside the box, but his effort went narrowly wide of the post.
Ashford Town’s Steven Duff almost benefitted from a Northwood mistake, but his eventual shot was well saved by Hafed Al-Droubi.
The away side were pressing for the opener late in the first half and Brad Sweeney looked certain to tap the ball home at the far post, but it was brilliantly saved once more from Al-Droubi.
The opening goal did come, though, just seconds later when Duff’s deflected free kick went beyond the ‘keeper and into the top right corner.
Ashford looked the more likely to score the second goal in the second half, and that’s exactly what happened with 20 minutes remaining. This time Sam Humphries was the man on the scoresheet after a smart dribble allowed him to strike the ball beyond Al-Droubi.
Northwood improved in the final 10 minutes after they were awarded a penalty, however Devonte Totesaut’s effort was saved by Paul McCarthy, compounding the home side’s misery and stopping them from forming a late fightback.
Their luck was out once again moments later when Siju Odelusi hit the bar from a free kick.
Northwood walked away from the game empty handed and attentions now turn to the FA Trophy Second Qualifying Round where they welcome Heybridge Swifts to the Fenton Civil Engineering Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
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