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FIRST TEAM MATCH REPORTS 2008-09

Waltham Forest 0  Northwood 1

16th August 2008

Northwood

Mitch Swain
1
Joe Cowen
2
Ryan Tackley
3
Richard Orlu
4
Bradley Hewitt
5
John Christian
6
Michael Gordon
7
Dwain Williams
8
Sean Sonner
9
Terry Davies
10
Danny Murphy
11
Substitutes
Rob Pearce
12
Dwane Williams (8)
14
Adrian Abramian (10)
15
Danny Brown
16
Aryan Taj (7)
17
Ryman League One North
Cricklefield Stadium,
Ilford
Kick Off
3.00 p.m.
Attendance
57
H/T
1-0
Scorers
Northwood
Davies 25
Waltham
n/a
Bookings
Northwood
n/a
Waltham
n/a
Sent Off
Northwood
n/a
Waltham
n/a

Waltham Forest

1
Roberto Gagliari La Gada
2
Matthew Love
3
Vinnie Durrant
4
Cedric Ngakam
5
Philip Barrow
6
Kesi Dryden
7
Karl Lewis
8
Michael Georgiou
9
Simeon Fearon
10
Dean James
11
Marcel Jones
Substitutes
12
Veli Bekir
14
Jermaine Edwards
15
Daniel Tulloch (2)
16
Abraham Adejokun
17
 

 

   


Match Report
by Alan Evans

 

The Woods went into this opening-day fixture in East London with confidence high following a highly-successful pre-season campaign but they expected to have to dig deep and scrap out a victory on a bumpy surface which made flowing football very difficult.

There were debuts for three players, the defensive pair of Joe Cowen, recruited from Harefield United, and Richard Orlu who had arrived from Staines Town plus striker Terry Davies who bagged five pre-season goals after making the move from Slough Town.

The home side were playing their first game as tenants of Ilford FC at the Cricklefields Stadium and included former Woods winger Karl Lewis in their starting line-up.

After an even start with both sides looking to get to grips with both pitch and the strong wind, the Woods began to make inroads with a Danny Murphy long-throw being headed on by Brad Hewitt and Sean Sonner pounced on the loose ball with a snapshot which flashed wide.

After 10 minutes, another delivery by the Woods skipper, this time a free-kick, saw Hewitt flick on again for Sonner who was unable to get a shot in as goalkeeper Roberto Gada smothered the ball and then Ryan Tackley saw his follow-up blocked.

Northwood kept up the pressure without threatening the goal but they were gifted the lead after 25 minutes.

This time it was a long-throw from Sonner that caused the damage with Gada coming to collect but missing the ball and allowing the predatory Davies, lurking behind, to convert into the unguarded net. 

The Woods maintained the pressure for much of the half with Murphy, playing further forward that usual, the main supply line. His corner saw Hewitt find room for a clear header which failed to hit the target and soon after Hewitt flicked another Sonner throw which wasn’t far away. After 38 minutes another cross from Murphy saw Davies stretch to get a shot in on goal but Gada managed to save low down.

Finally, the home side showed that they could create something themselves when a good move down the left saw Marcel Jones get in a shot but Mitch Swain saved comfortably.

The Woods should have been further ahead in the opening minute of the second-half as a free-kick from Dwain Williams saw Davies steal in unmarked. He had all the time in the world to turn and score but rushed an overhead kick which sailed wide.

It was a let-off for the home side and they went close on 51 minutes when Jones set-up Vinnie Durrant for a shot which Swain was again equal to.

After 58 minutes, Orlu brought the ball out of defence and sent Michael Gordon on a run. He jinked past his marker and floated over an inviting cross which dropped for Davies but his shot was blocked by Cedrik Ngaku and scrambled away.

Substitutes were introduced with Adrian Abramian and Aryan Taj replacing Davies and Gordon but chances were few and far between until the closing stages when the tireless Sonner set up Taj for what would have been a fine goal but the youngster blasted his effort wide.

In the end the Woods settled for the narrow 1-0 victory, their first away opening-day success since their last promotion season back in 2002/03.