Day: 17 February 2024

Match Preview: Northwood FC – Home

Northwood FC

Following three away games in February, the Moles are back at the Iconic Stadium for their fourth game of the season against Northwood FC.

Matchday: Tuesday February 20th, 2023
Kickoff: 7:45 pm

About Northwood FC

A team was formed in Northwood back in 1899 but Northwood FC in its current form is believed to have been founded in 1926. Their initial history is unclear but they joined the Harrow & Wembley League in 1931 where they won an impressive six titles in a row prior to World War 2 and three more titles after the war. They spent the 1950s and 1960 playing mainly junior-level football.

The club joined the Isthmian League in 1992 via spells in the Hellenic and Spartan Leagues. This was one of their most successful periods which lead them gaining promotion to Step 3 and the Premier Division. They were then switched to the Southern League Premier Division but after relegation were moved back to the Isthmian League Division One North. Another switch back to the Southern League before they were moved back again to their current league – Isthmian League South Central.

Head to Head

We have played Northwood 3 times already this season. The first was a 4-1 away defeat in the league before a 2-2 draw in the FA Cup. We lost the replay 1-0 with a last minute goal for Northwood.

Tickets

Tickets can be purchased on the gate. We take both cash and cards on the gate.

Turnstiles, kitchen and bar open at 7pm. Food is available from 7pm.

Prices are;

  • Adults: £10
  • Concession: £6
  • Under 16: £1

The Iconic Stadium at Hill Farm Lane

Address: The Iconic Stadium, Hill Farm Lane, Binfield RG42 5NR

Getting To The Iconic Stadium

Nearest Railway Station: Bracknell Railway Station is on the South West Railways line between London Waterloo and Reading. It is an eight-minute drive from the railway station to the Iconic Stadium. Alternatively, Bracknell Bus Station is a 2 minute walk from the railway station.

Bus: The nearest bus stop to the ground is on Church Lane and is served by the 151 and 151A Thames Valley Bus service which travels between Bracknell Bus Station and Wokingham Station. More details on the bus route here.

Parking

There are 200 spaces available to park in the ground. In the event that the club car park is full, then additional car parking is available at All Saints Church, Church Hill, Binfield RG42 5NS which is a 10 minute walk from the ground.

Facilities

Hill Farm Lane is a modern non-league football ground with parking on site, disabled access and more including:

  • Licenced bar
  • Tea bar serving hot and cold food
  • Disabled access to pitch side
  • Toilets
  • Standing and seated covered areas to watch the match
  • Card payments taken on the gate, in the bar and at the tea bar.
The club house and changing rooms at Hill Farm Lane. Photo: C2 Photography.

South Park 2-1 Binfield – Match Report

The Moles fell to a narrow defeat at Whitehall Lane after a stunning strike sealed the points for South Park

It was the hosts who had the first chance to take the lead. Brendan Murphy-McVey’s free kick called Killian Barrett into action but he saved well to his left.

The Moles then began to attempt to control proceedings but were unable to unlock the South Park defence with shots from Rechan Esprit and captain Dan Lewis both well blocked.

Then on 28 minutes, South Park took the lead. Jamarie Brissett dispossessed Elijas Bagdonavicius and drove at the Binfield defence. He did well to stay on his feet past Jack Matton and stuck the ball well. Barrett again made a good save but the ball fell to Craig McGee who was able to take a touch and place it into the left corner.

South Park then grew into the game and had a couple of chance to double their lead before half time. Brissett broke through the Moles defence and took the ball around Barrett but some great covering defending from Luke Wayborn prevented the shot. Then McGee couldn’t keep his header down from a corner.

The Moles started the better half the brighter team and after a period of pressure they got their equaliser when Luke Wayborn’s throw created a scramble in the box and Dontaye Whittaker was able to poke the ball home.

The goal sparked the Moles into life briefly as Rechan Esprit latched onto a loose ball but his shot was blocked and went behind for a corner.

However, the home team retook the lead through a moment of brilliance. Kelvin Manuel Massango did well to get away from Connor Jeanes, cut inside and curl one into the top right corner giving Barrett no chance.

The Moles pushed for an equaliser from set-pieces. Wayborn’s long throw caused more uncertainty but the ball wouldn’t fall for a Moles player. Then, five minutes from time, Dan Lewis was unable to keep his header down from 7 yards out.

After three games on the road, the Moles return to the Iconic on Tuesday to face Northwood.