Wood see hope of play-offs fade
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