Struggling Northwood FC crumbled under the pressure of a huge home tie against Hertford Town FC, losing 1-6 after going into half time in the lead.
The overwhelming loss at the AcreTweed Stadium this afternoon (Saturday, November 23) leaves the Woods in the relegation zone of the Isthmian League South Central Division.
It was a first half like any other from the looks of things.
In-form striker Harry Lodovica nicked a goal in the 12th minute; his scuffed shot (though he’s since claimed it was intentional) once through on goal managed to sneak past the Hertford ‘keeper.
The away side were quiet going forward up until the latter end of the half, and going into the second half it was clear that the Woods would need a second goal to see it out.
But the second half was carnage from the start.
Hertford’s Ben Herd hit an outrageous strike from miles out which left Joe Ringer no chance in goal. 1-1.
Five minutes later, it went from bad to worse as Hertford took the lead through Luke Gymer. 1-2.
The second half was at its most settled for the next 10 or-so minutes, until Isaac Pedro finished off another chance in the 65th, then Luke Gymer doubled his tally four minutes later. 1-4.
Percy Kiangebeni grabbed another in the 82nd, taking advantage of shoddy Woods defending before Gymer capped off the embarrassing tie with a heart-breaking hattrick in the 90th. 1-6.
It’s a loss that few would’ve predicted; Hertford Town were below Northwood in the table with just eight points prior to kick off, and the Woods were coming off three wins in all competitions. Back to the drawing board.
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