Feb 20 2012 By Matt Lewis at Mill Meadow
Chalfont St Peter 1-1 Woodford United
DANNY Edwards praised the character of John Carroll after the Chalfont St Peter skipper recovered from a penalty miss to rescue a point for the Saints.
Carroll’s spot-kick was saved moments after Woodford had opened the scoring at Mill Meadow but the defender made up for it with a second-half leveller.
Saints boss Edwards admitted a point was all his side deserved from the tight affair but was pleased with the result given the rain-soaked playing surface.
He said: “We’d like to get three points but I don’t think we necessarily deserved it today. It was boggy and that probably suited the opposition more than us.
“The missed penalty was disappointing but we’ll take the point. John [Carroll] showed good character to come back from the miss.”
Woodford took the lead just after the half-hour mark when Glen Hawkins headed Nat Liburd’s deep cross beyond the reach of Chalfont keeper Mark Oliver.
A minute later and the Saints were presented with the chance to equalise when Lewis Travers hacked down Bedel Guei in the box, however Carroll’s penalty was beaten out by Matt Finlay.
But with the second-half just two minutes old, Carroll made amends for his earlier error by rising highest to power home Jamie O’Donoghue’s whipped cross.
Seconds after the equaliser and the hosts nearly fell behind again, with only the post denying midfielder Jamie Wright from claiming a crucial goal for the Reds.
But with both sides’ recent fixtures disrupted by the freezing weather, cramp set in during the closing stages and neither side could muster the energy to find a winner.