Leighton Town Reserves 0 – 3 Boreham Wood Reserves
Suburban League North Division
Boreham Wood Reserves continued their unbeaten away record with all 3 points, another clean sheet and some help from the 1st Team squad. Due to most of the regular reserve team winning their ECFA National Cup Quarter – Final away to Gateshead progressing them into the Semi – Final against Walford and North Shropshire.
Wood’s line up was extremely strong feature the majority of the 1st Team squad who were using this game to gain valuable minutes to members of the squad. The game began with Wood have the majority of possession as expected in their own half.
Happy to keep the ball with no real penetration it seemed Wood were warming up and moving slowly through the gears. As soon as Wood stepped up the tempo and produce some quality passing sequences the difference was there for all to see. Sam Hurrell was the first to be put through but saw his volley flash pass the post. Young Steve O’Conor had two chances in quick succession only for his touch to let him down or a opposing defender to stop him. The game went through a period of fragmented play, as the hard uneven surface made it difficult. Mike Cestor’s powerful run and cross down the left found Captain Mario Noto unmarked in the area, but his strike was well stopped by the on rushing Leighton keeper. Wood’s pressure and quality was telling, when Michael Kamara linked up well with Greg Morgan and Hurrell leading to Kamara being brought down in the area and Noto dispatching the resulting penalty. Wood lead 1 nil at the break.
The second half following the same as Wood turn on the quality in small bursts of play, but having to weary of Leighton Town attacking trio and their movement. A well worked flowing move through midlfield found its way to Greg Morgan whose pin point delievery was met by Justin Crochrane to finish confidently. Wood began to create more and more chance as the game went on, with Morgan, Hurrell and O’Conor going close whose movement caused problems all night. Daivd Bryant came on to score with his second touch after controlling a cross from Morgan and Wood lead 3 nil. The games tempo dropped with Wood rarely trouble and not needing to climb through the gears, it was job done and continue the march on to the Surburban League Title.
Squad: Daniel Lewis, Michael Kamara, Daniel Brathwaite, Ryan Moran, Mike Cestor, Mario Noto, Greg Morgan, Justin Cochrane, Steven O’Connor, Nicky Nicolau, Sam Hurrell
Subs: Luke Wilkinson – not used, David Bryant – used, Elliott Godfrey – used, Jason Goodliffe – not used
Goals: Mario Noto (Pen), Justin Cochrane, David Bryant.