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Wingate & Finchley 0  Northwood 1

21st October 2006


Liam Watson
Dave Nolan 2
Danny Murphy 3
Yiadom Yeboah 4
Perry Norman 5
Wayne Carter (Capt.) 6
Dean Clark 7
Mark Nicholls 8
Lee Tunnell 9
Peter Dean 10
Kyle Matthews 11
Dave Warner (9) 12
Elliott Buchanan (11) 14
Lee Holland (10) 15
Bradley Hewitt 16
Rob Bullivant 17
F.A. Trophy First Qualifying Round
Summers Lane,
Kick Off
3.00 p.m.
Yeboah 20
Wingate & Finchley
Wingate & Finchley
Sent Off
Wingate & Finchley

Wingate & Finchley

1 Matt Davies
2 Jirka Houdek
3 Guy Helman
4 Craig Ellis
5 Billy Amarteifio
6 Guy Morris
7 Dan Stanton
8 Joe O'Brien
9 Dean Williams
10 Jamie Hazell
11 Anthony Limbrick
12 Jon Ellis
14 Leon Osei (7)
15 Danny Berg
16 Chris West (10)
17 Leon Wilson (11)



Match Report
by Robin Piper

Northwood enjoyed their first Trophy win for six years as they edged past their Ryman League opponents.

Quality was in short supply at a blustery Abrahams Stadium but a goal from on-loan centre-back Yiadom Yeboah was enough to put Woods in the hat for the next round.

Woods welcomed back goal-keeper Liam Watson for his first game of the season following his long injury lay-off, whilst Dave Nolan replaced the injured Dean Powles in the Northwood defence.

Neither side grasped the nettle in the early stages but Woods did have a shout for a handball in the box turned down and a free-kick was awarded against them!

Northwood gradually began to find their range, Kyle Matthews seeing his shot deflected for a corner after a neat interchange between Lee Tunnell and Peter Dean.

However, Wingate enjoyed a brief spell of pressure, Dan Stanton going close with a low shot before Joe O’Brien blasted wide from a good position.

And Woods capitalised on the hosts’ profligacy as they grabbed the decisive goal. Mark Nicholls was the provider, his cross finding Yeboah, who showed good strength to turn his marker, his shot having too much power for ‘keeper Matt Davis to give Northwood a 21st minute lead.

And Yeboah was involved once again as he chested down a Nicholls free-kick but Tunnell was off-balance and his shot sailed over the bar.

Woods had to make a change on the half-hour when the injured Tunnell was replaced by fellow striker David Warner.

But after Wingate’s Guy Morris headed wide from a corner, Northwood went into the break with their lead intact.

And Woods could have added to their lead early in the second period, Matthews having his shot blocked after Warner’s lay-off, although the latter might have shot instead.

Wingate made a triple substitution on 66 minutes in an attempt to get back into the tie but the changes had little impact, and they failed to trouble Watson in the Northwood goal.

Youngster Elliott Buchanan was introduced for Matthews with fifteen minutes remaining and it was the Woods who looked the more likely to add to their score, Dean Clark having his close range shot blocked after a Warner knock-down from Danny Murphy’s ball into the box.

However, as the game reached its final stages, Northwood were forced onto the back foot by an increasingly desperate Wingate, both Craig Ellis and substitute Chris West shooting wide of the target.

Woods had a great chance to put the seal on the match, but Dean appeared to be in two minds as he neither troubled ‘keeper Davis or found the unmarked Warner, and Wingate were able to clear the danger.

Defender Lee Holland was afforded a first Northwood appearance as he replaced Dean for the closing minutes, but Woods had done enough to progress into the next round after keeping a clean sheet for only the third time this season.

PHOTO GALLERY (Click thumbnail to enlarge)


Yiadom Yeboah fires home the winner


Photos: James Brown & Paul Evans