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Northwood 5  Brentwood Town 0

22nd March 2008


Mitch Swain 1
Lee Holland 2
Ryan Tackley 3
John Christian 4
Bradley Hewitt 5
Danny Murphy (Capt.) 6
Michael Gordon 7
Rodney Hicks 8
Sean Sonner 9
Matt Baxter 10
Abdul Yoki 11
Manny Sackey 12
Jerome Hall (10) 14
Rico Grimm (9) 15
Gary Edwards 16
Dwane Williams (8) 17
Ryman League One North
Chestnut Avenue,
Kick Off
3.00 p.m.
Sonner 6, 13, 85, Palmer o.g. 14, Christian 79
Sent Off

Brentwood Town

1 Marc Palmer
2 Steve King
3 Iain Smith
4 Richard Ketchell
5 Donovan Wilson
6 Gareth Street
7 Joao Carlos
8 Dan Dafter (Capt.)
9 Riki Holmes
10 Michael Deane
11 Danny Carroll
12 Chris Neville (3)
14 Matt Maher (8)
15 Alfie Hayes (9)
16 Steve Carroll
17 Nicky Mitchell (g/k)



Match Report
by Robin Piper

Free-scoring Northwood enjoyed another goal bonanza as they put five past play-off hopefuls Brentwood Town, recent signing Sean Sonner leading the way with a hat-trick to register his first goals for the club.

Unchanged Woods were full of confidence following there midweek win over Bury Town, and they effectively killed the contest as they raced into a three goal lead inside the opening 14 minutes.

Sonner opened the scoring on six minutes as he stole in at the near post to deftly flick Michael Gordon’s low cross into the opposite corner.

Brentwood almost delivered an instant reply as the lively Joao Carlos saw his shot rebound off the post, Lee Holland being on hand to clear the danger.

Northwood capitalised on their lucky escape by extending their lead on 13 minutes, Rodney Hicks playing the ball down the line to Sonner who caught goalkeeper Marc Palmer unawares with a unstoppable 25-yard strike.

And Palmer’s afternoon was made worse a minute later as he conceded an own goal. Abdul Yoki’s high ball into the box looped off the head of Brentwood defender Steve King, Palmer helping the ball over his own line whilst under pressure from Bradley Hewitt to give Northwood their third goal of the afternoon.

Brentwood proceeded to dominate possession for the remainder of the half with their neat approach play but they lacked a cutting edge. Carlos and Danny Carroll were the main threats for the visitors as they had a number of efforts on goal, but Mitch Swain dealt comfortably with the danger.

Having soaked up the Brentwood pressure, the second half began with Northwood almost adding to their lead but Sonner’s first time shot, following Yoki’s through-ball,  was wide of the target.

The game settled into a familiar pattern with the visitors seeing most of the ball but never really looking like finding the net, Swain comfortably gathering shots from Riki Holmes and Carroll whilst Carlos shot over the crossbar.

Dwane Williams was introduced for Hicks just after the hour-mark as Woods looked to regain some initiative in midfield but after Yoki was denied by Palmer, the play switched back to the other end, with Holland clearing Carroll’s shot off the line.

Brentwood utilised full their quota of substitutes, whilst Matt Baxter was replaced by Jerome Hall as the game moved into the later stages.

And Northwood showed the visitors the way to goal with two further strikes. Sonner was the catalyst once again as he crossed for Hall, whose shot was parried by Palmer but John Christian was on hand to convert the rebound on 79 minutes.

And Sonner made it a memorable afternoon as he completed his hat-trick with five minutes left on the clock, the Northwood hot-shot capitalising on Palmer’s failure to gather Gordon’s cross-shot as he converted from close-range.

Sonner took the applause as he was replaced by Rico Grimm for the closing minutes, and Brentwood’s frustrating afternoon was summed up when Michael Deane shot against the woodwork in the final minute, whilst Northwood able to celebrate their second home win of the week.


PHOTO GALLERY (Click thumbnail to enlarge)


Matt Baxter gets stuck in

Photos: James Brown