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FIRST TEAM MATCH REPORTS 2008-09

Northwood 2  Thamesmead Town 0

31st January 2009

Northwood

Mitch Swain
1
Danny Power
2
Gary Meakin
3
Mark Burgess (Capt.)
4
Michael Peacock
5
Brad Hewitt
6
Michael Gordon
7
Anthony Page
8
Pa Gai
9
Rob Ursell
10
Hugo Figueiredo
11
Substitutes
John Christian (8)
12
Lee Holland (3)
14
Danny Brown (9)
15
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16
Rob Pearce
17
Ryman One North
Chestnut Avenue,
Northwood
Kick Off
3.00 p.m.
Attendance
132
H/T
1-0
Scorers
Northwood
Page 7, Figueiredo 90
Thamesmead
n/a
Bookings
Northwood
n/a
Thamesmead
n/a
Sent Off
Northwood
n/a
Thamesmead
n/a

Thamesmead Town

1
Tony Kessell
2
David Hall
3
Peter Deadman
4
James Brown
5
Lew Watts
6
Paul Gross
7
Scott Mulholland
8
Lee Dawson
9
Curtis Williams
10
Rikki Cable
11
Kevin George
Substitutes
12
Peter Smith (6)
14
Danny Moore (11)
15
Lew Woods (3)
16
Danny Chapman
17
Tom Hopkins


 

   


Match Report
by Robin Piper
 

Northwood stretched their unbeaten League run to ten games as they overcame their old Spartan League rivals at a chilly Chestnut Avenue.

There were a number of changes to the team who forced extra-time in the midweek League Cup game at Staines. Gary Meakin replaced the unfit Ryan Tackley at left-back whilst Danny Power reclaimed the right full-back berth from Lee Holland. There was also a change in attack as Gambian international Pa “Daddy” Gai made his debut in attack, with Kyle Matthews missing out through injury.

The Mead were quickly into their stride, with Woods ‘keeper Mitch Swain called into action to deal with shots from Curtis Williams and Rikki Cable.

However, it was Northwood who opened the scoring on seven minutes as Anthony Page ghosted in at the far post to execute a smart finish after latching onto Gai’s headed flick-on from Hugo Figueiredo’s corner.

The goal settled Woods, and they maintained the pressure on Thamesmead with a series of attacks. Rob Ursell and Gai went close with shots from outside the box before Figueiredo spurned a glorious chance as he lifted the ball over with the goal at his mercy following a sweeping move involving Michael Peacock and Michael Gordon.

Northwood continued to keep the visitors pinned back in their own half, Gai having a shot on the turn deflected for a corner whilst Page was inches from netting his second goal of the afternoon when he attempted to reach Ursell’s low cross following a short corner.

Thamesmead were indebted to their ‘keeper Tony Kessell, who produced smart saves to deny Gordon and Ursell to keep his side in the contest at the half-time break.

Northwood were forced to make a defensive change for the second-half with Meakin, struggling with a tight hamstring, being replaced by Holland.

Woods’ profligacy in front of goal continued with Gai spurning a couple of opportunities to grab a debut goal.

Northwood continued to search for the elusive second goal to put the game beyond stubborn Thamesmead, Mark Burgess and Figueiredo miscuing following a neat interchange between Ursell and Gordon before Gai was denied by a last ditch tackle from Mead substitute Danny Moore.

John Christian was sent on to freshen up the Woods’ midfield as he replaced Page on 67 minutes.

Having survived the Northwood pressure, Thamesmead were began to make an impression on the home defence as substitute Peter Smith shot narrowly wide.

Gai made way for Danny Brown with seven minutes left on the clock, Gordon moving into a central attacking role for the closing minutes.

But the action was at the other end as Thamesmead wasted a couple of gilt-edged chances to draw level, substitute Lew Woods and Smith both missing the target when well placed.

Woods were able to breathe a sigh of relief as the game was finally made safe in the third minute of stoppage time, Figueiredo curling the ball beyond Kessell after being set up by Gordon to move Northwood up to fifth spot and into the play-off places.  


 

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Photos: Alan Evans