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MATCH REPORTS 2007-08

Boreham Wood 1  Northwood 0

15th September 2007

Northwood

Bill Fishenden 1
Lee Holland 2
Danny Murphy (Capt.) 3
Simieon Howell 4
Jazz Rose 5
Adam Theo 6
Bradley Hewitt 7
Abdulai Yoki 8
Jermaine Hamilton 9
Kyle Matthews 10
Elliott Buchanan 11
Substitutes
 
Dean Clark (11) 12
Terry Hogan 14
Phil Holder 15
John Lawford (2) 16
Dwane Williams (4) 17
FA Cup First Qualifying Round
Broughinge Road,
Boreham Wood
Kick Off
3.00 p.m.
Attendance
156
H/T
0-1
Scorers
Northwood
n/a
Boreham Wood
Thomas 5
Bookings
Northwood
Murphy
Boreham Wood
n/a
Sent Off
Northwood
n/a
Boreham Wood
n/a

Boreham Wood

1 Noel Imber
2 Michael Cox
3 Ryan Moran
4 Marvin Samuel
5 Mark Smith (Capt.)
6 Fiston Manuella
7 Greg Morgan
8 Luke Gregson
9 Byron Harrison
10 Simons Thomas
11 Paul Burrows
  Substitutes
12 Tommy Williams
14 Chris Bangura (8)
15 Joe Reynolds (7)
16 -
17 -

 

   


Match Report
by Robin Piper

 

Northwood’s Wembley dreams are over for another year after they succumbed to a single goal defeat at Ryman Premier outfit Boreham Wood, writes Robin Piper.

Bradley Hewitt returned to the heart of the Woods’ defence, and the centre-back was a rock against his former club. Jazz Rose undertook a midfield man-marking role on Luke Gregson with Dean Clark reverting to the bench, whilst ‘keeper Billy Fishenden made his first start of the season following the recurrence of injury problems for Liam Watson.

Northwood almost suffered a horror start as Fishenden’s poor clearance fell to the lively Simon Thomas, whose goal-bound shot was blocked by the Woods’ defence.

But Woods’ were undone in the 5th minute when the dangerous Greg Morgan found space down the right flank before delivering a pin-point cross, which was headed home via the post by Thomas.

The goal rattled Northwood, and they almost presented the hosts with another gift, Byron Harrison close to latching on to an under-hit back-pass from Adam Theo.

Woods were on the back foot with Morgan making a number of surging runs, and Fishenden coped well with one well-struck effort.

Northwood gradually settled and began to move the ball around with purpose, but Jermaine Hamilton was unable to find a way past keeper Noel Imber following a neat move involving Abdul Yoki and Elliot Buchanan.

Despite Northwood having a fair share of possession, the better chances were being created at the other end. Fishenden had to be alert to as he denied Harrison and Thomas, whilst Hewitt was on hand to make a last ditch tackle on Marvin Samuel.

Woods were lacking the required composure in the final third. However, they went close to levelling matters on the stroke of half-time, Imber showing a safe pair of hands after Rose latched onto Kyle Matthews’ free-kick into the box.

Northwood were forced into a reshuffle at the break following a groin injury to Buchanan. Clark came into the midfield with Yoki moving up front to partner Hamilton, Matthews moving into the hole behind the front two.

Woods began the second period in determined fashion, Hamilton shooting at Imber before Yoki was crowded out after combining well with Lee Holland.

However, Hewitt was on hand to prevent the hosts extending their lead as he blocked a Gregson effort after a misjudgement from Rose.

Northwood continued to enjoy plenty of possession but were lacking the necessary conviction in front of goal and it was Boreham Wood who looked the more likely to score, Fiston Manuella and Gregson going close.

Manager Colin Payne, returning to his former club, made a double situation midway through the half with Simeon Howell and Holland making way for John Lawford and Dwane Williams. Woods went three at the back, with Murphy and Yoki undertaking the wing-back roles.

But Northwood’s frustrations continued as the hosts soaked up the pressure, Matthews seeing his shot charged down.

Chances were being created at both ends as the game moved into the final stages. Thomas and Harrison went close for the Boreham Wood, whilst Matthews tried his luck from distance for Northwood.

But Woods were unable to find the elusive goal that their performance warranted,  Imber ensuring that there was to be no replay as he comfortably dealt with Matthews’ curling effort in stoppage time.
 

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Elliott Buchanan closes down his opponent

Photos: James Brown