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FIRST TEAM MATCH REPORTS 2008-09

Great Wakering Rovers 2  Northwood 2

6th December 2008

Northwood

Mitch Swain
1
Danny Power
2
Ryan Tackley
3
Michael Peacock
4
Bradley Hewitt
5
John Christian (Capt.)
6
Dean Mason
7
Anthony Page
8
Otis Williams
9
Dwane Williams
10
Hugo Figueiredo
11
Substitutes
Danny Brown (7)
12
Lee Holland
14
Scott Purdue
15
Laurie Walters
16
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17
Ryman League One North
Burroughs Park,
Great Wakering
Kick Off
7.45 p.m.
Attendance
90
H/T
1-0
Scorers
Northwood
Figueiredo 20, O Williams 51,
Great Wakering
Trenkel 61 pen., Richmond 63
Bookings
Northwood
D Williams
Great Wakering
Beale, Trenkel. Rieck, Pitts
Sent Off
Northwood
n/a
Great Wakering
n/a

Great Wakering Rovers

1
Richard McKinney
2
Jack O'Connor
3
Danny Pitts
4
Nikki Beale
5
Gordon Rieck
6
Ty Benjamin
7
Billy Johnson
8
Dan Trenkel
9
Gary Ansell
10
Neil Richmond
11
Jimmy Webb
Substitutes
12
Kevin Cole
14
Stuart Judd (7)
15
Scott Keys (6)
16
Joel Ettienne-Clarke (9)
17
Louis Green

WOODS MAN OF THE MATCH:
Dwane Williams

   


Match Report
by Robin Piper

 

Mark Barnham completed his successful stint as caretaker manager by securing another point to extend the unbeaten league run to four games although Woods would have been disappointed not to take all three as Rovers clawed back a two goal deficit.

Bradley Hewitt returned from injury to link up in central defence with loan signing Michael Peacock, Elliott Gibbs standing down, whilst Mark Burgess was serving a one match ban. Danny Power replaced Lee Holland at right-back, Anthony Page returned to the midfield at the expense of Scott Purdue, whilst there was a debut for Dean Mason in place of Laurie Walters.

Northwood threatened from the off as John Christian, wearing the captain’s armband, sent a shot whistling narrowly over the crossbar. Woods had a scare as Rovers’ Neil Richmond saw his shot hit the inside of the post and bounce on the line before the danger was cleared.

Woods had produced a solid start and they were rewarded with the opening goal on 20 minutes, the in-form Hugo Figueiredo repeating the feat of the previous week with an almost identical free-kick past ‘keeper Richard McKinney.

However, Rovers thought they had restored parity when Richmond deftly stroked the ball past Mitch Swain in the Woods’ goal, only to be denied by an offside flag.

The hosts were becoming increasingly frustrated and they incurred a flurry of yellow cards, whilst Dwane Williams was booked for Northwood as the battle in midfield warmed up.

Woods continued to probe the home defence and Figueiredo sent over an inviting cross for Page but he was unable to direct his header past McKinney.

There were chances at both ends in stoppage time at the end of an entertaining first half. Swain foiled Billy Johnson’s shot on the turn following a free-kick into the box whilst Christian and Dwane Williams sent efforts over the Great Wakering crossbar.

Northwood were the first to threaten after the restart as Page latched onto Tackley’s cross but his shot was easy for McKinney, while at the other end Jimmy Webb’s shot found the side-netting.

Page was denied by McKinney once more as his volley from Otis Williams’ cross was blocked by the Rovers’ stopper.

However, McKinney was unable to prevent Woods extending their lead on 57 minutes when Otis Williams converted the loose ball after the Rovers’ defence failed to deal with Power’s throw into the box.

Power was in the thick of the action again minutes later, but at the other end of the pitch as he brought down Webb to concede a penalty, Dan Trenkel making no mistake from the spot to reduce the arrears on 61 minutes.

Having thrown themselves a lifeline, Great Wakering managed to draw level two minutes later as Richmond gave Swain no chance with a 25 yard screamer after Woods failed to clear a corner.

Rovers were now rejuvenated and threatened more goals, Peacock blocking Billy Johnson’s goal-bound shot off the line before Swain desperately clawed out Jack O’Connor’s deflected cross from under his crossbar.

Play switched to the other end as Northwood sought to regain the avantage, Mason aiming his shot at McKinney after the Woods debutant cut in from the right flank.

Mason made way for Danny Brown on with twenty minutes left on the clock and the latter almost made an immediate impact as his shot flew narrowly wide of the far post following a short corner.

Brown was involved again as went close with another shot after a slick move involving Figueiredo and Tackley.

Play was switching freely from end to end as both sides looked for the winning goal. Webb and Richmond went close for Rovers whilst Brown had another opportunity to get a strike in on goal following Figueiredo’s fine run and cross but the shot was easy for McKinney.

However, Rovers had a wonderful opportunity to seal the win in stoppage time as Richmond found himself bearing down on goal with only Swain to beat but the Woods keeper came out on top to ensure the spoils were deservedly shared after a pulsating encounter.