EVO-STIK South - East Division: Northwood 2 Cambridge City 3
City went into this game with Northwood knowing a win would all but guarantee a play-off place, so it settled nerves all round when Salim Relizani provided City with the perfect start, beating ‘keeper Borja Loeches-Teixeira with a thumping drive after only five minutes.
Ryan Sharman and Ben Seymour-Shove both had chances to extend City's lead before Jermaine Osei gave them an almighty scare with a powerful effort that smashed against the bar.
Despite this, it was City who posed the most threat and it was no real surprise when their lead was doubled on 33 minutes, Ebby Nelson-Addy tapping home after Loaches-Teixeira had fumbled Sharman’s cross cum shot.
City looked to be heading into the break with a decent lead, but that advantage was cut in half on the stroke of half-time as Northwood found the net, Wilson Chingoka scoring with the last kick of the half with an angled drive.
City had the perfect answer to this set-back though, James Hall sending a curling effort into the top corner of the net, three minutes into the second half to restore the two goal advantage.
Northwood were not dead and buried though and Evans Kouassi pulled a shot wide of the far post, before Osei saw ‘keeper Josh Bexon turn his effort over the bar. Northwood finally got some reward for their effort with ten minutes left. A swift counter-attack caught City out and Kouassi provided the finish to set City nerves jangling.
With minutes to go City looked to work the clock down, much to the frustration of the home side, but as it was, there was to be no grandstand finish for the home side and no more chances for either side were forthcoming as City secured the vital three points.
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1. Josh Bexton
2. Ben Robinson
3. Adam Capel
4. Ross Paterson (c)
5. Jordan Gent
6. Jordan Williams
7. Ebby Nelson-Addy (goal 33)
8. Salim Relizani (goal 5)
9. James Hall (goal 48)
14.Sam Squire (4-60)
16.Lewis Wilson (10-55)
17.Nathan Olukanmi (11-55)
Northwood: 1.Borja Loeches-Teixeira, 2.Isaac Olorunfemi, 3.Keir Dickson (booked), 4.Wilson Chingoka (c) (goal 45), 5.Tom Gilbey, 6.Lewis Hobbs, 7.Meshach Williams, 8.Jamie Fulton, 9.Jermaine Osei, 10.Evans Kouassi (goal 79), 11.Declan Nche
Subs: 12.Femi Azeez (7-75), 14.Sam Oyeniran, 15.Nebay Haile, 16.Temiloluwa Oladejo, 17.Sam Ofolabi (8-81)
Referee: Tom Ellsmore
Assistants: Simon Maynard and James Field
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