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Banbury United 0  Northwood 2

3rd February 2007


Mikhail Jaimez-Ruiz
Dave Nolan 2
Danny Murphy 3
Bradley Hewitt 4
Perry Norman 5
Danny Julienne 6
Joe Sparrowhawk 7
Wayne Carter 8
Jerome Hall 9
Peter Dean 10
Damon Ming 11
Terry Hogan 12
Elliott Buchanan (7) 14
Dave Sexton (8) 15
Lee Holland (2) 16
Bill Fishenden 17
British Gas Business Southern League Premier Division
Spencer Stadium,
Kick Off
3.00 p.m.
Dean 45, Hewitt 55
Norman, Carter, Julienne
Blossom, Jackson
Sent Off

Banbury United

1 Dean Thornton
2 Stuart Bridges
3 Daniel Szczukiewicz
4 Kieran Sullivan
5 Chris Jackson
6 Darren Pond
7 Oliie Stanbridge
8 George Redknap
9 Howard Forinton
10 Wayne Blossom
11 Jon Gardener
12 Paul Lamb (8)
14 Tommy Kinch (3)
15 Tom Foley  (5)



Match Report
by Robin Piper

History repeated itself for Colin Payne’s young charges as Northwood came away from the Spencer Stadium with three points for the second successive season.

It was a superb effort from the young Woods’ team which, included two debutants. Venezuelan ‘keeper Mikhael Jaimez-Ruiz produced an assured debut, whilst Damon Ming, on loan from Hayes, worked hard on the left flank.

The Northwood performance was built on a solid defensive foundation, the outstanding Bradley Hewitt showing maturity beyond his tender years as he kept ex-Football League striker Howard Forinton in check throughout the afternoon.

Both sides struggled to find their feet early on, although Woods suffered a scare in the opening minute, Jaimez-Ruiz producing a fine save to divert Darren Pond’s shot onto the post.

Northwood’s first chance came on 16 minutes as Jerome Hall’s ball found the unmarked Ming in the inside-left position, his attempted curling shot being held comfortably by ‘keeper Dean Thornton.

Banbury were almost gifted an opening goal moments later but failed to capitalise on a poor clearance from Jaimez-Ruiz, Wayne Blossom shooting wide with the goal at his mercy.

Northwood were forced to make a change on after 25 minutes, Lee Holland replacing Dave Nolan at right back after the veteran suffered an ankle injury.

Woods were presented with a golden opportunity to open the scoring on the half-hour mark when they were awarded a penalty after Blossom handled under pressure from Hewitt following Danny Murphy’s corner, but Peter Dean’s spot-kick cannoned of the crossbar and away to safety.

However, the Northwood striker made amends in first-half stoppage time as he rose at the far post to head home Murphy’s corner to give his side a half-time lead.

Banbury made a couple of changes at the break, Tommy Kinch and Tom Foley entering the fray, as the hosts looked to get back on level terms

And the Woods defence was put under a spell of early pressure, Danny Julienne making a last ditch clearance as Banbury threatened.

Northwood were doggedly protecting their advantage, and Julienne and Wayne Carter were booked whilst showing their determination.

And Woods stunned the home crowd when they extended their lead on 55 minutes, Hewitt heading powerfully home after Banbury had failed to deal with another Murphy corner.

The hosts desperately went looking for a way back into the match but the Woods’ defence remained firm and inevitably gaps were being left at the other end.

Peter Dean had a couple of chances to add to his tally, firstly being denied by Thornton before lifting a shot over ‘keeper and crossbar.

Chances continued to be created at either end, Jaimez-Ruiz denying Ollie Stanbridge, whilst Joe Sparrowhawk headed narrowly over for Northwood.

Banbury were rapidly running out of ideas as to how to break down the Woods’ defence and the visitors looked the more likely to score, Hall and Hewitt going close.

Dave Sexton and Elliott Buchanan were  introduced for Sparrowhawk and Carter respectively as the clock ticked down, but there was to be no further scoring and Woods were able to celebrate a superb, deserved and much needed win.

PHOTO GALLERY (Click thumbnail to enlarge)


New signing Damon Ming on the ball

Photos: James Brown