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MATCH REPORTS 2007-08

Wivenhoe Town 0 Northwood 3 

15th March 2008

Northwood

Mitch Swain 1
Lee Holland 2
Ryan Tackley 3
John Christian 4
Bradley Hewitt 5
Danny Murphy (Capt.) 6
Michael Gordon 7
Dwane Williams 8
Matt Baxter 9
Sean Sonner 10
Abdul Yoki 11
Substitutes
 
Manny Sackey (6) 12
Jerome Hall 14
Prince Toku 15
Rodney Hicks (4) 16
Rico Grimm (9) 17
Ryman League One North
Sportsground
Wivenhoe
Kick Off
3.00 p.m.
Attendance
102
H/T
2-0
Scorers
Northwood
Yoki 38, Baxter 45, Murphy 62
Wivenhoe Town
n/a
Bookings
Northwood
n/a
Wivenhoe Town
Cole
Sent Off
Northwood
n/a
Wivenhoe Town
n/a

Wivenhoe Town

1 Richard McKinney
2 Jeff Shepherd
3 Liam Bailey
4 James Cole
5 Stuart Nethercott
6 Ryan Maxwell
7 Danny Flack
8 Danny Stanley
9 Danny Hart
10 Lee Underwood
11 Stephane Seanla
  Substitutes
12 James Nash (10)
14 Adam Hampson (8)
15 Joe Nightingill
16 Andy Hughes (11)
17 Michael Parkin

 

   


Match Report
by Alan Evans


The Woods completed their first double of the season with this comfortable victory over relegation-haunted Wivenhoe whose recent form threatened more than they showed on the day.

The Dragons made a good start, with former Northwood winger Danny Hart, currently on-loan to the Essex club from Barnet, showing plenty of speed and skill. He had one effort disallowed for offside, another shot flew across the goal and wide, while goalkeeper Mitch Swain saved well from his best shot on goal.

Having ridden that early pressure, Northwood hit back after 11 minutes when Matt Baxter, restored to the side in place of Jerome Hall who had arrived late due to travel problems, fed Abdul Yoki. He jinked past one defender and crossed only for the ball to hit the far post and elude Sean Sonner as he looked to pounce.

Six minutes later, a free-kick, pumped in by Jeff Shepherd, saw Lee Underwood flick a header which was not far wide but that was the last threat from the home side in the first half.

Yoki hit a 20-yard shot which was only just over and then some excellent work from Michael Gordon saw him chip to the far post where Yoki headed back across goal, but there was no-one to apply the finishing touch.

There were five minutes to go to half-time when the Woods took a vital lead. Lee Holland exchanged passes with Gordon out wide and then knocked in a cross, which saw Yoki dive to head in unmarked at the far post.

Northwood looked to improve further before the break and a great ball from Dwane Williams set Baxter away. He beat his marker and knocked the ball in, with goalkeeper Richard McKinney and a defender combining to clear for a corner. From that, the ball appeared to go out of play but Bradley Hewitt hooked the ball back into the middle and Baxter pounced from close range for his first goal for the club. The goal stood, much to the surprise of the Wivenhoe defenders.

Comfortably ahead at half-time, the Woods never looked like losing their grip on the game after the break with Williams dominating the midfield and Gordon causing all sorts of problems on the flank. McKinney saved well from Ryan Tackley after 53 minutes, and then got across to just keep out an inswinging Danny Murphy corner.

After 55 minutes a long throw from Murphy was headed on by Hewitt but kept out by the 'keeper again and soon after, McKinney saved at the near post after more magic and a shot from Gordon.

The contest was over after 65 minutes when Murphy scored the best goal of the game with a spectacular striker from 35 yards which rifled into the top corner.

Three minutes later, the Woods skipper turned stopper as well, blocking a powerful shot from substitute Andy Hughes on the line.

Substitutions followed, with Manny Sackley replacing the tiring Murphy and Rico Grimm coming on for Baxter as the Woods looked to add a fourth goal.

After 78 minutes Williams' superbly flighted ball put Sonner in on goal and he got ahead of former Tottenham defender Stuart Nethercott but then saw his shot well saved by the advancing McKinney.

New signing Rodney Hicks, formerly of Halesowen Town, replaced John Christian for the final eight minutes and he showed some clever touches to set up Sonner, but the Woods striker was left still waiting for his first Northwood goal as the final whistle signalled the end of the game.

It was the Woods biggest away league win since their 4-1 victory at Salisbury City in the Ryman Premier back in October 2004 and they have now lost just one of their last eleven away games.


 

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Michael Gordon takes the play to Wivenhoe

Photos: James Brown