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FIRST TEAM MATCH REPORTS 2008-09

Northwood 0  Waltham Abbey 2

20th September 2008

Northwood

Mitch Swain
1
Danny Brown
2
Ryan Tackley
3
Richard Orlu
4
Bradley Hewitt
5
John Christian
6
Michael Gordon
7
Dwain Williams
8
Sean Sonner
9
Rob Ursell
10
Danny Murphy
11
Substitutes
Jack Bennett
12
Anthony Page
14
Otis Williams (2)
15
Abdul Yoki (10)
16
Danny Power (11)
17
Ryman League One North
Chestnut Avenue,
Northwood
Kick Off
3.00 p.m.
Attendance
113
H/T
0-1
Scorers
Northwood
n/a
Waltham Abbey
M Sontag 45, H Elmes 81
Bookings
Northwood
Sonner, Dwain Williams, Christian, Yoki
Waltham Abbey
J Elmes
Sent Off
Northwood
n/a
Waltham Abbey
n/a

Waltham Abbey

1
Joe Taylor
12
George Chanda
3
Denny Webb
4
Jordan Bostock
5
Lee White
6
Dave Ayres
7
Marc Sontag
8
James Elmes
9
Billy Holland
10
Harry Elmes
11
Lee Sontag
Substitutes
 
14
John Chipperfield (12)
15
Daren Byrne (9)
16
Steve Sheehan (3)
17
Aaron Tillbrook

 

   


Match Report
by Robin Piper
 

The extended break since their last game appeared not to have benefited rusty looking Northwood as they suffered a rare home league defeat at the hands of the division’s top scorers.

Woods gave a debut to new signing Rob Ursell, who replaced Terry Davies in attack, whilst Danny Brown came in for the injured Joe Cowen at right-back.

Sean Sonner was presented with a chance within seconds of the start as he found himself free on the edge of the box but his volley flew wide of the Abbots’ goal.

However, the early optimism quickly faded for Northwood as the visitors began to ask questions of the home defence, Lee Sontag sending a low ball across the face of goal with Billy Holland unable to apply the finishing touch before Harry Elmes created an opening for James Elmes, but his shot lacked the required power to beat ‘keeper Mitch Swain.

Woods were looking decidedly under-par but in a rare moment of cohesion, Richard Orlu had a volley cleared off the line after Bradley Hewitt headed Danny Murphy’s deep corner back into the danger area.

The Abbots were soon back on the attack as Holland tested Swain with a low shot, whilst Lee White had a shot deflected behind for a corner.

And Northwood had a lucky escape when Swain saved Brown’s blushes as he almost headed into his own net following Denny Webb’s corner.

Following a disjointed opening spell for Northwood, the hosts gradually began to find some rhythm. Sonner was presented with an excellent chance to open the scoring as he latched onto Ryan Tackley’s through-ball but he miscued as he attempted to lift the ball over the advancing Joe Taylor in the Waltham Abbey goal.

Moments later Ursell created space for himself on the edge of the box but Taylor was equal to the low shot.

Chances continued to be created at both ends, Holland unable to convert a free-header following Webb’s free-kick into the box for the visitors, whilst Hewitt went close for Woods after he latched onto Sonner’s knockdown.

And Northwood were grateful to Swain as he produced a flying save to deny Webb shortly before the break.

But the Abbots weren’t to be denied and they were rewarded for their first-half performance with a stoppage time goal, Marc Sontag’s shot taking a deflection on its way into the Northwood net.

Both sides won free-kicks in useful positions early in the second-half but both Hewitt and White were unable to find the target with their headers.

Woods made a change ten minutes into the half with Brown making way for striker Otis Williams. Ursell was moved onto the left flank with Murphy moving to left-back and Tackley switched to right-back.

But the change didn’t have the desired effect for Northwood, as Waltham Abbey threatened to add to their lead, Holland missing the target with another free header before Marc Sontag was unable to cap a storming run with the required finish.

The Abbots went close once more with a long range shot from Dave Ayres but Murphy was conveniently placed to clear effort off the line.

Abdul Yoki and Danny Power were introduced for Ursell and Murphy on 71 minutes as Woods looked for a way back .

Northwood briefly threatened as Sonner was denied by Taylor after the latter had got onto the end of a Yoki free-kick the hosts never really looked liked breaking down the stubborn Waltham Abbey rearguard.

And after James Elmes had seen his free-kick rebound off the Northwood crossbar, Harry Elmes went one better as he scored his side’s second goal on 81 minutes after Swain had saved the striker’s initial effort.

As the clock ticked down, Woods’ frustrations grew, with the referee producing a series of yellow cards. But Northwood could have no argument with the final score-line which meant a first home league defeat since February.

 

PHOTO GALLERY (Click thumbnail to enlarge) 

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Michael Gordon is tightly marked

Photos: James Brown