Wood see hope of play-offs fade

Harefield Gazette - - SPORT -

MANAGER Mark Burgess ad­mits his North­wood side’s play-off chances hang by a thread fol­low­ing Satur­day’s goal­less draw at Chal­font St Peter, writes James Keith.

The Wood had given them­selves a sniff of the top five with three wins in a row, but were held 1-1 by Bar­ton Rovers last Tues­day and 0-0 by a Chal­font side with­out a win in seven games at the week­end.

All of which leaves them seven points off a South­ern One Cen­tral play-off place, hav­ing played more games than all of the teams above them.

Burgess said: “We are quite a few points away, and miss­ing out on a win was frus­trat­ing to­day. You can’t af­ford to make th­ese mis­takes if you want to push on for pro­mo­tion. It is a pos­si­bil­ity, but we have to take each game as it comes and we’ll keep go­ing un­til the end of the sea­son, but at the mo­ment we only have an out­side chance.

“We had chance af­ter chance but didn’t take any, we just couldn’t find the net. The dress­ing room is dis­ap­pointed as you have to step up at this time of the sea­son. I just felt it could have been a dif­fer­ent game. But we’ll work on the things that need im­prov­ing in the com­ing week as we have a driven chang­ing room.”

Burgess him­self pulled his boots back on to come on as a sub against Chal­font, and may have to dust them off again for Satur­day’s visit of Leighton Town.

He added: “Nick Turner pulled his ham­string, so I had to make an ap­pear­ance. I was a yard too slow, but I got away with it! I’ll step in as we are down to the bare bones at the back. When you are on a bud­get you can­not af­ford to have any long-term in­juries.”

In the same di­vi­sion, it took a late penalty to deny AFC Hayes a draw at lead­ers Ket­ter­ing Town, as they went down 2-1, leav­ing them still six points off safety, while Uxbridge’s game was post­poned. Hare­field United also kept up their Spar­tan South Mid­lands Pre­mier ti­tle push with a 4-2 win over Ampthill Town.

n NO WAY THROUGH: North­wood’s Louis Stead, in red, takes on his man in Satur­day’s costly goal­less draw at Chal­font St Peter

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