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MATCH REPORTS 2006-07

Wealdstone 1  Northwood 1

26th December 2006

Northwood

Rob Bullivant
1
Dave Nolan 2
Danny Murphy 3
Mark Dennison 4
James Shipperley 5
Wayne Carter 6
Dwane Williams 7
Mark Nicholls 8
David Warner 9
Peter Dean 10
Jerome Hall 11
Substitutes
 
Jack Lisi 12
Lee Tunnell 14
Elliott Buchanan (6) 15
Lee Holland 16
Bradley Hewitt 17
British Gas Business Southern League Premier Division
Chestnut Avenue,
Northwood
Kick Off
12.00 noon
Attendance
305
H/T
1-1
Scorers
Northwood
Nicholls 44
Wealdstone
Montgomery 45
Bookings
Northwood
Dean
Wealdstone
Carroll, O'Leary, Moore
Sent Off
Northwood
n/a
Wealdstone
n/a

Wealdstone

1 Lee Carroll
2 Josias Carbon
3 Fergus Moore
4 Carl Martin
5 Lee Chappell
6 Graham Hall
7 Dean Clark
8 Chris O'Leary
9 Ernest Simon
10 Dean Papali
11 Graeme Montgomery
  Substitutes
12 John Christian (10)
14 Hector Mackie (6)
15 Stuart Goodall
16 Josh Cooper (9)
17 Adriano de Moraes

 

   


Match Report
by Robin Piper

Honours remained even as Northwood played ‘away’ at Chestnut Avenue for the first time in their history.

There were a number of changes to the Woods’ line-up. Mark Dennison returned from suspension to replace Bradley Hewitt in central defence, whilst midfielder Wayne Carter came in for Danny Julienne. There was also a return for Jerome Hall in attack, Lee Holland reverting to the bench as Mark Nicholls dropped into midfield.

In an entertaining opening the play flowed freely from end to end. There was an early opportunity for Wealdstone’s Dean Papali, the former Northwood striker shooting wide when clear of the Woods’ defence. At the other end, Peter Dean set up Hall whose first time shot was comfortably gathered by ex-Wood Lee Carroll.

Northwood gradually began to enjoy the greater possession, Nicholls creating an opening for Dean, who was crowded out by the Stones’ defence.

And Wealdstone were fortunate not to conceded a penalty as the lively Hall clearly had his legs taken from under him by Ernest Simon, the referee ignoring the vociferous Northwood appeals.

The play continued to ebb and flow, Carroll tipping over Dean’s attempted cross whilst Woods’ keeper Rob Bullivant was on hand to deny Papali after Northwood struggled to clear their lines.

However, the deadlock was finally broken by Northwood in controversial circumstances. Carroll was lucky to stay on the pitch after punches were thrown in a goalmouth melee, the referee showing a yellow card and pointing to the penalty spot. Nicholls made no mistake to give Woods a 44th minute lead.

However, the lead lasted less than a minute as Stones were immediately down the other end to equalise. Bullivant did well to parry Papali’s header but Graeme Montgomery was on hand to convert the rebound to bring his side level on 45 minutes.

Wealdstone looked the more likely side early in the second half, dictating the play and forcing Northwood onto the back foot. The lively Papali had a couple of opportunities, shooting straight at Bullivant when well placed before the latter was quickly off his line to smother the danger as the Wealdstone striker advanced on goal.

Having soaked a period of  pressure, Woods began to pose questions of the Wealdstone rearguard, Dean not far away with a low drive from the edge of the box before the Woods’ front man was denied by an offside flag as he shot past Carroll from close range after the Stones’ stopper had saved Hall’s initial shot.

Chances continued to be created at either end. Dwane Williams and Hall had shots blocked, whilst Wealdstone substitute Hector Mackie spurned a gilt-edged chance to take the lead, shooting weakly with only Bullivant to beat.

But as the game moved into the latter stages it was Northwood who looked the more likely to grab the elusive winning goal. Hall ended a mazy run with a shot deflected over before James Shipperley had a header cleared off the line from Nicholls’ corner.

Next it was Dennison who went close with a header, whilst Dean’s flicked header from Danny Murphy’s whipped cross almost shaved the far post.

Elliott Buchanan was introduced for Carter as Woods looked for the winning goal. And the goal almost arrived in the final minute, Dean supplying Hall, who broke clear of the Stones’ defence only to be denied by the on rushing Carroll as the Northwood striker shaped to shoot.

And so the spoils remained shared, a fair outcome and in the circumstances a useful ‘away’ point for Northwood.

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Photos: Alan Evans