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Cirencester Town 6  Northwood 3

13th January 2007


Keita Karamoko
Bradley Hewitt 2
Danny Murphy 3
Mark Dennison 4
James Shipperley 5
Wayne Carter 6
Lee Holland 7
Dwane Williams 8
Lee Tunnell 9
Peter Dean 10
Jerome Hall 11
Dave Nolan (11) 12
Jack Lisi 14
Elliott Buchanan (2) 15
Terry Hogan (7) 16
Bill Fishenden 17
British Gas Business Southern League Premier Division
Corinium Stadium,
Kick Off
3.00 p.m.
Tunnell 23, Hall 38,
Buchanan 55
Cowe 14,17, Richards 15,
Jackson 26, Hall 62,
Griffin 83
Hall, Carter, Williams
Sent Off

Cirencester Town

1 Kevin Sawyer
2 Lee Smith
16 Rene Regis
4 Steve Leigh
5 Nathan Haisley
6 Lee Molyneaux
7 Marc Richards
8 Michael Jackson
9 Steve Cowe
10 Phillip Hall
11 Matt Smith
12 Scott Griffin (10)
14 Mike Symons (9)
15 Matthew Jones (16)



Match Report
by Alan Evans

After two weeks inactivity, the Woods returned to action with a nine-goal thriller at the Corinium  Stadium, the scene of their vital final game of last season when they secured a point and retained their Premier Division status.

That game ended 0-0 but there never seemed any likelihood of this encounter being dominated by  defences as both struggled to cope with the strong and swirling wind which blew down the ground.

Colin Payne had drafted in experienced goalkeeper Keita Karamoko from Hayes on a dual-registration  basis having lost Rob Bullivant to near-neighbours Uxbridge in midweek, but Cirencester had the gales at their backs in the first-half and they were soon on top.

Cirencester began brightly with Marc Richards storming past James Shipperley in only the second minute and shooting past Karamoko, only for Lee Holland to clear.

The Woods responded when Bradley Hewitt touched on a Wayne Carter corner and Dwane Williams saw his header saved by home goalkeeper Kevin Sawyer.

When Steve Cowe rolled in the home side's first goal after 15 minutes – a result of a poor ball from Carter and Hewitt being caught in possession – it was the first of three in a four-minute blitz which, in normal circumstances would have killed the game off. Richards notched number two just a minute later after Karamoko had made a good save from Phil Hall and Cowe again made it 3-0 with an excellent chip over the Woods 'keeper.

But Northwood still looked dangerous on the break and Lee Tunnell celebrated his return to the starting line-up with a clinical finish on 25 minutes after Holland had won an important tackle just outside the penalty-area.

Sadly, the Centurions immediately restored their three-goal lead with a Michael Jackson goal and Payne rang the changes by bringing off young defender Hewitt and replacing him with the more attacking option of  Elliott Buchanan.

Six minutes before half-time that enterprise paid off. Holland started the move and played a ball out wide to Buchanan. His cross was only half-cleared and when Shipperley's shot was blocked, Jerome Hall volleyed home with a stunning strike from 20 yards.

With the score at 4-2, the second-half began with the wind now in Northwood's favour and they attacked from the restart. Buchanan saw one good strike saved just two minutes later and on 55 minutes Tunnell flicked a header into the path of Buchanan and the 17-year-old fired home his first senior goal for the club.

The chance was there to go on and get something out of the game. Just two minutes later, Tunnell appeared to have got through the defence only to be cynically checked by Lee Molyneaux. Incredibly, just a free-kick and no card to be seen was the result.

The home side weathered the storm and then grabbed the all-important next goal when the impressive Phil Hall ran from distance, the defence backed off and, given a sight of goal, he found the bottom corner.

Danny Murphy had a shot saved as the Woods tried to rally again but it was to no avail as Cirencester  hit a late sixth through substitute Scott Griffin and then James Shipperley was given a straight red card for what seemed no more than a push in the back.

PHOTO GALLERY (Click thumbnail to enlarge)


James Shipperley looks to win a header