Tooting Suffer Defeat From The Jaws Of Victory With Northwood Collapse

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Tooting threw away three points this afternoon when they hit the self destruct button 14 minutes from time after being 3-1 up and apparently cruising to victory in a game they appeared to be dominating.

The Terrors had the better of the opening encounters playing some good passing football, the best opportunity falling to Billy Dunn who volleyed over from close range after some good work by Isaiah Jones down the right. They fell behind however on 20 minutes when they were hit with a “sucker” long ball over the top of the defence which found James Ewington with time and space to steer the ball past Liam Sallis to put the home side a goal up. The Terrors were level though just five minutes later after Dominic Morgan-Griffiths set Isaiah Jones free down the right hand side. After looking to make room for a shot on goal himself, he opted instead to pull the ball back to Billy Dunn who slotted the ball home from 12 yards out. As it looked like the teams were about to go into the break level, on 43 minutes, Northwood were undone by another ball from Isaiah Jones out on the right. This time, played from deep towards the edge of the six yard box, where Peter Wedgeworth (pictured) was on hand to nip it away from defender and ‘keeper, before steering the ball home

The Terrors came out strongly in the second half and again had the better of the early exchanges with Kadeem Ajeon firing a free kick just over the cross bar. It took until the 55th minute though for Tooting to extend their lead. A pass from Dominic Morgan-Griffiths put Billy Dunn in the clear. As he manoeuvred to find room to get a shot away as he was closed down, he slipped the ball out to his right, straight into the path of Danny Bassett overlapping on the right. Bassett took his shot early, placing it wide of Luke Sheldrick in goal and into the far corner of the net. For the next twenty minutes, Tooting continued to dominate the game with quick, slick, passing football however a number of half chances, although close, came to nothing. Against the run of play though, the home side got themselves back into the game as a deep ball played in from Tooting’s left saw an outstretched foot from Sol Patterson-Bohner only able to loop the ball up in the air where it fell nicely to the feet of James Ewington who scored his, Northwood’s, second of the game. Just three minutes later, inexplicably, Liam Sallis in the Terrors’ goal was unable to hold on to what appeared to be a harmless free kick taken by Carl Pearce midway inside the Tooting half, and suddenly it was 3-3. With time ticking away, it was now the home side that seemed the most likely and with just one minute of normal time remaining, a deep ball was played to Tooting’s back post where it was headed back across the face of goal before James Ewington pounced, completing his hat trick and snatching what only 15 minutes earlier had seemed an unlikely three points for Northwood.

Photo credit: Sam Conquest