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FIRST TEAM MATCH REPORTS 2008-09

Thamesmead Town 2  Northwood 1

8th October 2008

Northwood

Mitch Swain
1
Lee Holland
2
Danny Murphy
3
Richard Orlu
4
Mark Burgess
5
John Christian
6
Michael Gordon
7
Dwane Williams
8
Otis Williams
9
Abdul Yoki
10
Anthony Page
11
Substitutes
Danny Power (2)
12
Danny Brown (8)
14
Aryan Taj (10)
15
Bradley Hewitt
16
Rob Pearce
17
Ryman League One North
Bayliss Avenue,
Thamesmead SE28
Kick Off
7.45 p.m.
Attendance
83
H/T
1-0
Scorers
Northwood
Yoki 44
Thamesmead
Dimmock 54, Cable 72
Bookings
Northwood
n/a
Thamesmead
Dawson, Smith
Sent Off
Northwood
n/a
Thamesmead
n/a

Thamesmead Town

1
Chris Conneally
2
Lewis Watts
3
Peter Deadman
4
Lea Dawson
5
Danny Moore
6
Lee Coburn
7
Peter Smith
8
Rob Tarrant
9
Richard Dimmock
10
Rikki Cable
11
Bradley Killick
Substitutes
12
Steve White (9)
14
Curtis Williams (11)
15
Daniel Chapman
16
Pedro Knight
17
James Brown (7)

 

   


Match Report
by Robin Piper

 

Northwood’s midweek trip to south-east London proved a fruitless journey as Thamesmead came from behind to take the points and record their first home league win of the season.

Injuries continue to plague Colin Payne’s squad, with Sean Sonner being the latest addition to the growing list, Anthony Page coming in as a replacement, whilst Bradley Hewitt had to settle for a place on the bench having not recovered sufficiently.

Otis Williams spearheaded the attack in an 4-3-3 formation, and he was almost presented with a chance to give Woods an early lead, but Michael Gordon’s low cross just evaded his outstretched leg.

Northwood continued to carry the greater threat and Page had a couple of opportunities, firstly flicking a shot at ‘keeper Chris Conneally after he latched onto Abdul Yoki’s long throw before the lively Gordon picked him out at the far post but his header dropped wide of the far post.

Woods had enjoyed the better of the early exchanges with their slick passing movements, but keeper Mitch Swain was called into action as he turned Peter Smith’s low drive around the post.

Both sides were playing their part in an entertaining opening half with plenty of constructive football on show, but the defences held the upper hand.

Yoki sent a couple of speculative shots wide of the target before Danny Murphy tried his luck from distance but was also wide of the mark.

At the other end, Richard Dimmock saw a half-volley from the edge of the box sail over the Northwood crossbar.

But Woods were rewarded for a good first-half showing as they took the lead a minute before the break, Yoki applying the final touch to Gordon’s cross after Dwane Williams’ neat through ball.

Northwood came out for the second period looking to put the game beyond Thamesmead and they twice went close through Dwane Williams and Yoki.

However, Woods allowed Thamesmead back into the game on 54 minutes after they squandered possession, allowing Rikki Cable to pick out Dimmock, whose shot found the Woods’ net via the post.

Northwood looked to make amends and John Christian’s 30-yard dipping shot just cleared the Thamesmead bar.

Aryan Taj was introduced for Yoki on the hour mark, and Woods created a number of openings, with Otis Williams, Gordon  and Page all having opportunities to restore the lead, but the chances went begging.

And Woods were punished for their profligacy in front of goal as the defence switched off to allow Cable to sweep home at the far post to give Thamesmead the lead on 72 minutes.

The injured Dwane Williams and Lee Holland were replaced by Danny Brown and Danny Power respectively as Northwood set about restoring their fortunes on an increasingly frustrating evening.

Northwood had a couple of half-chances but were unable to find a way past Conneally in the home goal, whilst Dimmock almost made the game safe for the hosts but his header was cleared off the line by Richard Orlu.

There were further chances for Thamesmead  in the closing minutes, substitute Curtis Williams shooting over from close-range whilst Swain denied Cable.

However, Northwood almost secured a share of the spoils as the game moved deep into stoppage time, Taj surging into the box and sending in a shot which bounced across the bar and away to safety to condemn Woods to their third league defeat of the season.