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MATCH REPORTS 2007-08

Metropolitan Police 1  Northwood 1

21st July 2007

Northwood

Liam Watson 1
Perry Norman 2
Ollie Goodwin 3
Lee Holland 4
Dwane Williams 5
Terry Hogan 6
Bradley Hewitt 7
Kevin McKenna 8
Douglas Kissule 9
Dean Clark 10
Elliott Buchanan 11
Substitutes
 
Nick Pearce 12
Arjan Taj 14
James Elliott 15
Dave Tilbury 16
Jerome Hall 17
Chris Clark 18
Pre-season friendly
Met. Police Sports Club,
Bushey
Kick Off
11.00 a.m.
Attendance
-
H/T
0-1
Scorers
Northwood
Buchanan 83
Met Police
Stevens 18
Bookings
Northwood
n/a
Met Police
n/a
Sent Off
Northwood
n/a
Met Police
n/a

Metropolitan Police

1  
2  
3  
4  
5  
6  
7  
8  
9  
10  
11  
  Substitutes
12  
14  
15  
16  
17  
   

 

   


Match Report
by Alan Evans


After the training game warm-up of the previous Saturday, the Woods played out their first official pre-season friendly at the leafy climes of the Metropolitan Police club in Bushey on Saturday. Their opponents, though, were not the Herts Senior League side but their fellow Boys in Blue, the Ryman Division One South club who normally play at Imber Court.

Manager Colin Payne fielded a strong side from the start but experimented with a three at the back defensive trio that never looked particularly comfortable up against the experienced striker Dave Stevens, who joined the Mets from Leatherhead in the close-season. Indeed, it was Stevens who headed home a Martyn Lee cross after 19 minutes to put the Police into a deserved lead.

It was on the half-hour that the experiment was dispensed with and Jerome Hall entered the fray along with Aryan Taj. The extra pace from these two saw the Woods begin to make inroads, while the defensive pairing of Perry Norman and Bradley Hewitt looked more solid.

For the second-half, Dave Tilbury and James Elliott were added to the defensive line-up and Northwood began to surge forward. Taj was just wide with one effort before Douglas Kissule and Kevin McKenna both tested the Mets goalkeeper in quick succession.

A good run from Hall then caused problems for the Police defence with the ball being laid off to Taj who this time hit the target but was denied by the ‘keeper.

It seemed only a matter of time before the Woods bagged an equaliser and they went closer still when an Elliott Buchanan corner was met by a powerful Hewitt header, only for the ball to crash back off the crossbar.

There were a few more changes made and the game looked to be petering out when Northwood finally made the pressure tell with an equaliser. And a well-taken goal it was, 17-year-old Buchanan taking the ball down well in the box, and he swivelled to plant a crashing shot into the top corner.

In the end, it was a satisfactory run-out against a side who had done well at Step 4 level last season and are expected to challenge once again in the forthcoming campaign.

The Woods now turn their attention towards the away game at Harefield United on Tuesday night which is always a challenging fixture. Player of the Year Danny Murphy is expected back from holiday to make his first appearance of the season.