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Northwood 0  Clevedon Town 2 

14th April 2007


Mikhael Jaimez-Ruiz 1
Terry Hogan 2
Danny Murphy 3
Bradley Hewitt 4
Perry Norman 5
Wayne Carter 6
Dwane Williams 7
Danny Julienne 8
Jerome Hall 9
Peter Dean 10
Ryan Tackley 11
Bill Fishenden 12
Karl Lewis (5) 15
James Shipperley 16
Harry Hunt (8) 17
Joe Sparrowhawk (6) 18
British Gas Business Southern League Premier Division
Chestnut Avenue,
Kick Off
3.00 p.m.
Rawlins 47, Symonds 62
Sent Off

Clevedon Town

1 Danny Greaves
2 Rob Scott
3 Geraint Bater
4 Hanin Romhdane
5 Scott Hendy
6 Mike Trought
7 Daine O’Connor
8 Matt Rawlins
9 Jack Pitcher
10 Mike Symonds
11 Pete Sheppard
12 -
14 Danny Haines (6)
15 -
16 -
17 -



Match Report
by Robin Piper

Northwood were left clinging to their Premier Division status after poor finishing cost them dear at home to Clevedon. Woods squandered a host of chances in an entertaining opening period, but were shown the way to goal by the visitors in a dreadfully disappointing second-half.

Mikhael Jaimez-Ruiz reclaimed the goal-keeper’s jersey from Bill Fishenden after having completed his suspension, and this was the only change from the midweek draw against Bath City.

After Mike Symonds turned smartly in the box before aiming his shot at Jaimez-Ruiz, Northwood created their first chance of the afternoon. Peter Dean combined well with Jerome Hall, the ball being played in for Danny Murphy, whose shot flew inches wide of the far post.

Symonds was in the thick of it again for Clevedon as he was allowed to run at the Woods’ defence but he shot wildly over from a good position.

And Symonds might have won a penalty moments later when he was challenged by Terry Hogan, the Clevedon striker getting a yellow card as he offered his opinion to the referee.

Northwood continued to enjoy plenty of possession and Hall had a couple of chances to open the scoring. Firstly he shot weakly at ‘keeper Danny Greaves after a mazy run before another jinking run saw him shoot wide with only Greaves to beat.

After a couple of scares when Jaimez-Ruiz’s punched clearance deflected off Matt Rawlins and almost into the Northwood net and Geraint Bater’s deflected shot was held by the Woods’ ‘keeper, the hosts finished the half strongly.

Dean was allowed a run at goal after Carter’s through-ball but a heavy touch took him too near to Greaves, who averted the danger.

Carter was prominent again as he tried his luck from distance, his shot flying wide of the target, before the Northwood skipper created another chance for Dean who was unable to connect properly with the low ball across the face of goal.

And the inevitable happened as profligate Northwood conceded a goal two minutes after the restart. Pete Sheppard was the provider, his near post corner being met by Rawlins, whose flicked header flew into the opposite corner of the net to give Clevedon the lead.

The visitors were buoyed by the goal and Symonds’ long range shot flew narrowly wide of the upright.

Manager Colin Payne made a change on 56 minutes as he introduced striker Harry Hunt to the fray, Danny Julienne making way.

But it was the visitors who were looking the more likely with Woods appearing increasingly jaded in the warm conditions, Daine O’Conner being not far away following another corner.

And Clevedon confirmed their second-half superiority with a second goal on 62 minutes, Symonds giving Jamiez-Ruiz no chance with a looping header.

The visitors should have added a third against a now demoralised Northwood, Sheppard rolling his shot wide with only Jaimez-Ruiz to beat.

Defender Perry Norman was sacrificed for Karl Lewis with ten minutes left on the clock, whilst Carter made way for James Sparrowhawk.

But the changes had little effect, Hunt creating a half chance for himself before failing to get a clean contact on his shot, the only moment of note as the game limped to a low-key conclusion.

With all their relegation rivals picking up points, this defeat leaves Northwood three points adrift at the foot of the table and needing a miracle to avoid the drop.

PHOTO GALLERY (Click thumbnail to enlarge)


Jerome Hall shoots

Photos: Paul Evans & James Brown