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Ilford 2  Northwood 2

5th January 2008


Mitch Swain 1
Jazz Rose 2
John Fisher 3
John Christian 4
Bradley Hewitt 5
Adam Theo (Capt.) 6
Danny Murphy 7
Dwain Williams 8
Adrian Abramian 9
Elliott Buchanan 10
Michael Gordon 11
Ben Harris 12
Jerome Hall (9) 14
Abdul Yoki (7) 15
Liam O'Keefe 16
Lee Holland (11) 17
Ryman One North
Cricklefield Stadium,
Kick Off
3.00 p.m.
Buchanan 40, 82
Downer 14, Skinner 87
Sent Off


1 James Marrable
2 Paul Southwick
3 Gary Mackin
4 Richard Simpson
5 Bobby Dineen
6 Ricky Simmons
7 Joe Stoker
8 Ricki Hayles
9 Jay Edwards
10 Danny Downer
11 Scott Walsh
12 Leigham Stone
14 Kevin Skinner (5)
15 Scott Lovett
16 Sam Carter (3)
17 Earl Sterling (7)



Match Report
by Robin Piper


Northwood’s first visit to the Cricklefield Stadium ended in disappointment as they relinquished the three points by conceding a late goal.

Manager Colin Payne reshuffled his troops once more: Adrian Abramian returned to the attack at the expense of Jerome Hall, Michael Gordon was preferred to Abdul Yoki on the right flank, whilst Jazz Rose returned from suspension as a replacement for the injured Ryan Tackley at left-back.

Northwood made a positive start on the difficult playing surface, Ilford’s Paul Southwick heading Elliott Buchanan’s in-swinging corner off the line before Abramian’s shot rattled against the crossbar after Buchanan’s shot was blocked.

But Woods suffered a setback on 14 minutes as Danny Downer capitalised on some poor defending to shoot past Mitch Swain and give Ilford the lead.

Northwood responded well as they created a succession of chances. Buchanan and Abramian both dragged shots wide of goal when well placed whilst Dwain Williams saw his low shot from the edge of the box saved by Ilford ‘keeper James Marrable. Having squandered a number of chances, Woods finally found the net five minutes before the break, Buchanan coolly despatching the ball beyond Marrable following Danny Murphy’s neat through-ball.

There were chances at both ends soon after the restart, Ilford’s Joe Stoker going close whilst Williams tested Marrable in the home goal after an incisive Northwood move.

But Woods had to reorganise early in the second-half as Murphy succumbed to a recurrence of his groin problem, Yoki being his replacement on the left flank.

Northwood were grateful to ‘keeper Swain as he produced a smart save to foil Jay Edward’s low drive whilst Yoki squandered a great chance to give Woods the lead as he shot weakly following a sweeping move.

Ilford were the next to threaten, but Adam Theo on hand to head Scott Walsh’s fierce volley off the line following a corner.

Abramian made way for Hall on 77 minutes as Northwood looked for the winning goal. And Woods looked to have secured the points when they took the lead on 82 minutes: Buchanan notched his second of the afternoon as he latched onto Bradley Hewitt’s flick-on from Yoki’s throw-in.

Lee Holland replaced Gordon for the closing stages as Northwood looked to protect their lead.

But it wasn’t to be, as Ilford grabbed a deserved share of the spoils in the 87th minute, substitute Kevin Skinner converting from close range after the Woods defence failed to deal with Ricki Hayles’ long throw-in.

PHOTO GALLERY (Click thumbnail to enlarge)


Adrian and Bradley lead the attack on the Ilford goal

Photos: James Brown