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MATCH REPORTS 2006-07

Kings Lynn 2  Northwood 1 

10th March 2007

Northwood

Mikhael Jaimez-Ruiz
1
Lee Holland 2
Danny Murphy 3
Ryan Tackley 4
James Shipperley 5
Joe Sparrowhawk 6
Dwane Williams 7
Elliott Buchanan 8
Jerome Hall 9
Peter Dean 10
Damon Ming 11
Substitutes
 
Dave Nolan 12
Wayne Carter (6) 14
Harry Hunt (9) 15
Terry Hogan 16
Nick Pearce 17
British Gas Business Southern League Premier Division
The Walks,
Kings Lynn
Kick Off
3.00 p.m.
Attendance
924
H/T
0-0
Scorers
Northwood
Ming 46
Kings Lynn
Warren 51, Bloomfield 74
Bookings
Northwood
Tackley, Shipperley
Kings Lynn
Frew
Sent Off
Northwood
n/a
Kings Lynn
n/a

Kings Lynn

1 Paul Crichton
2 Dean West
3 Charlie Defty
4 Mark Warren
5 Greg Crane
6 Mark Camm
7 Alex Notman
8 Sam McMahon
9 Jack Defty
10 Michael Frew
11 Steve Melton
  Substitutes
12 Danny Bloomfield (7)
14 Matt Nolan (10)
15 Andrew Fisk (8)
16 Luke Fell
17 Stephen Harvey

 

   


Match Report
by Alan Evans
 

Despite going down to a narrow defeat, Northwood can take great heart from this performance, where they deserved much more against a side still harbouring hopes of the Premier Division title.

In front of a typically large Norfolk crowd of almost 1,000, the young Northwood side could easily have been overawed but they are beginning to settle to Southern League football, and despite being without six of their more experienced players, they played with confidence and some style.

Damon Ming enjoyed his best game since arriving at Northwood from Hayes, causing the Linnets problems down the right flank, and with 17-year-old Elliott Buchanan continuing to develop on the left, the Woods had two players who could stretch the home side.

King’s Lynn started with the confidence that is expected of a top side but they found the Northwood back four in resolute mood, with big James Shipperley leading by example with a strong performance up against the hefty Jack Defty in an old-fashioned centre-forward role.

Having survived the early pressure, and a disallowed goal, the Woods began to create things themselves, with Ryan Tackley having a shot saved and a cross from  Ming almost finding the head of Peter Dean, enjoying his captain’s role.

After 26 minutes, Mikhael Jaimez-Ruiz was in action for the first time, turning a shot from Steve Melton round the post, but the Woods hit back immediately with Buchanan firing in a shot which home goalkeeper Paul Crichton deflected past his near post.

Michael Frew went closer still for the home side after 32 minutes when he crossed from the left and the wind saw the ball curl in to strike the crossbar with Jaimez-Ruiz nowhere. The quality of the home side was emphasised  before half-time when they replaced former Norwich City midfielder Alex Notman with new signing Danny Blooomfield, who had returned to his former club in midweek after transfer fees of £10,000 had seen him play at Histon and Heybridge Swifts this season.

Just two minutes into the second-half, the Woods silenced the home crowd with the opening goal. Ming swung in a corner which left Crichton clutching thin air and the ball curled into the far post for the Bermudan’s first goal for the club.

The celebrations had hardly died down when another Northwood attack almost brought a second goal. Jerome Hall showed some clever footwork to beat his marker on the bye-line and was then clearly brought down when lining up a shot at goal. Penalty appeals were waved away and within a few minutes, King’s Lynn had found a way back into the game. It was another corner that did the damage, with skipper Mark Warren diving in to head home at the far post.

Bloomfield had a close-range shot saved comfortably by Jaimez-Ruiz as Lynn tried to dominate again, but still the Woods looked dangerous on the counter-attack, with Dean slipping his marker inside the box but seeing his cross just cut out by the outstretched arms of Crichton.

Frew looked the most dangerous of the opposing forwards and his shot flashed across the face of the goal on 70 minutes. Five minutes later, the Linnets were gifted the lead. Frew played a ball forward into the box and a lack of communication between Lee Holland and Jaimez-Ruiz saw the Venezuelan ‘keeper spill the ball and poacher Bloomfield was onto it like a flash to roll the ball over the line.

Harry Hunt had provided the Woods with some fresh legs in place of the tiring Hall, and he looked to have levelled the scores just a few minutes later as he burst away from Warren and let fly with a shot which Crichton, showing all his experience of nearly 500 Football League games, tipped over the bar.

Northwood’s defence remained strong to the end and in the final minute, they almost earned the draw that their performance had clearly deserved. Dwane Williams slipped a ball through to Holland and the full-back showed great composure to beat a defender and drive the ball past Crichton, only for the ball to hit the underside of the bar but somehow rebound to safety.

The Woods can take a great deal of credit from this game, they are learning fast and if they can take the belief from this match into their next few games and get a few wins behind them, they could still surprise a few of the people who have written them off already this season.

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Harry Hunt hits a great strike