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MATCH REPORTS 2007-08

Sandhurst Town 0  Northwood 4

4th August 2007

Northwood

Adam Thomson 1
Lee Holland 2
Sam Hurrell 3
Terry Hogan 4
Dave Tilbury 5
Dean Clark 6
Arjan Taj 7
Jack Bennett 8
Charlie Hill 9
John Lawford 10
Elliott Buchanan 11
Substitutes
 
Nick Pearce 12
Danny Murphy 14
Tatenda Nyamangunda 15
Ashley Harris (GK) 16
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Pre-season friendly
Yorktown Road,
Sandhurst
Kick Off
3.00 p.m.
Attendance
-
H/T
0-1
Scorers
Northwood
Buchanan 20, Hill 69, 75, Holland 90
Sandhurst
n/a
Bookings
Northwood
n/a
Sandhurst
n/a
Sent Off
Northwood
n/a
Sandhurst
n/a

Sandhurst Town

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  Substitutes
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17  

 

   


Match Report
by Alan Evans

 

Having been beaten by two lower-level clubs in previous friendlies during the week, Colin Payne was determined to get things back on track in this visit to Combined Counties League side Sandhurst Town, and things looked better throughout.

Hayes goalkeeper Adam Thomson came in on trial and looked solid throughout his hour between the sticks, while Sam Hurrell - released by Chelsea in the summer - steadied things on the left.

The Woods had the better of the early exchanges, and then took the lead after 20 minutes with an excellent goal. Charlie Hill started the move, playing the ball wide to Lee Holland and his cross was met by Elliott Buchanan, back from injury, with a scissor-kick which flew into the top corner.

Almost immediately, some lack of communication at the back almost let Sandhurst back in for an equaliser but fortunately the shot went wide and the Woods were soon back on top.

Hill fired one shot across the face of the goal and then Taj struck from thirty yards with an effort that saw the home goalkeeper make a fine save. Sadly the youngster picked up an injury at this stage but was replaced by Danny Murphy, with the side shuffled around.

Just before the break a Buchanan corner saw John Lawford head the ball down at the far post and also somehow over the crossbar. The striker picked up an eye injury in this challenge, and was replaced for the second half with youngsters Nicky Pearce and Tatenda Nyamangunda coming on, Dave Tilbury also making way.

Dean Clark went close six minutes in the second half and then Sandhurst almost scored when their striker took a cross down well but chipped over the bar.

Clark has another on-target effort saved but after 69 minutes the Woods did go further ahead as a through-ball allowed Hill to go past one defender and the slot home with an angled drive.

The third goal saw a crossfield pass find Hurrell and he raced into the box before squaring the ball to Hill for him to slot home his second of the game.

Sandhurst proved spirited all the way and went close again on 77 minutes as a chip beat ‘keeper Ashley Harris but bounced wide of the goal and then Harris made a good save from a close-range effort following a free-kick which dropped in the six-yard box.

Jack Bennett had a shot saved late on before the Woods added a fourth in the final minute. Hurrell again provided the cross and this time Lee Holland ghosted in at the far post to steer the ball past the ‘keeper.
 

PHOTO GALLERY (Click thumbnail to enlarge)

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Lee Holland shadows his opponent

Photos: James Brown