NORTHWOOD reclaimed a few bragging rights over rivals Uxbridge by beating them on Saturday, says Woods’ upbeat player-manager Mark Burgess.
Reds boss Tony Choules was hardly disconsolate himself after the loss, coming at the end of a season in which his side have finished two places above their neighbours in the Evo-Stik Division One Central.
But goals from Lee Grant, Niko Muir and Oliver Hawkins meant it was Burgess wearing the bigger smile after the Northwood Park clash.
“It was nice, against your rivals,” he said. “They beat us 1-0 over there and we’ve got our revenge.
“A couple of months ago, Choulesy was talking about bragging rights, and they’re higher in the league than us. This evened it up a bit.”
Grant’s goal, a header from a Jerome Federico cross, came as early as the fourth minute, and Muir made it two with a clever turn and shot in the 24th minute.
Uxbridge were unable to reply in the half, despite Michael Murray’s free kick hitting the bar and Matt Woods seeing a shot cleared off the line.
The visitors did have a second-half goal ruled out for offside, but soon after Grant’s corner was headed in by Hawkins in the 77th minute to seal the win for Northwood.
For Choules’ players there remains the Middlesex Senior Charity Cup final to look forward to.
“It was disappointing today, but we’ll have to lick our wounds,” he said. “If we win the cup final and do it in style, today’s game will be a distant memory.
“We’ve finished 11th, we’ve had a lot of long-term injuries, had three players leave to play at a higher level and we’ve encouraged kids coming into the side, so it’s been a positive season.”
The charity cup final is on Thursday next week at Uxbridge fc, kick off 7.30pm. It will be against either Brentford or Hanworth Villa, who meet tomorrow in their semi-final (Thursday).