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FIRST TEAM MATCH REPORTS 2008-09

Northwood 2  Ware 1

3rd January 2009

Northwood

Mitch Swain
1
Gary Meakin
2
Danny Power
3
Mark Burgess (Capt.)
4
Michael Peacock
5
Bradley Hewitt
6
Michael Gordon
7
Danny Brown
8
Staforde Palmer
9
Dwane Williams
10
Kyle Matthews
11
Substitutes
Scott Purdue
12
Lee Holland (2)
14
Laurie Walters
15
Carl Hunt
16
Rob Pearce
17
Ryman One North
Chestnut Avenue,
Northwood
Kick Off
3.00 p.m.
Attendance
176
H/T
2-1
Scorers
Northwood
Palmer 16, Matthews 42
Ware
Wilson 25
Bookings
Northwood
Willams
Ware
Kyriagou
Sent Off
Northwood
n/a
Ware
n/a

Ware

1
Ifeamvi Agu
2
Jack Bradshaw
3
Sean Reece
4
Jack Lampe
5
Koran Calcalioglu
6
Tamba Neongou (Capt.)
7
Zak Burke
8
Hamsel Ibrahim
9
Kyri Kyriagou
10
Daniel Lodge
11
Darryl Wilson
Substitutes
12
James Peagram (7)
14
Chris Sargent (5)
15
Anthony Aylett (9)
16
Shane Williams
17
Danny Bailey


 

   

 

 


Match Report
by Alan Evans
 

The Woods extended their unbeaten league run to eight games with this narrow victory over play-off rivals Ware in frozen conditions at Northwood Park.

Northwood went into the game without Ryan Tackley, John Christian, Anthony Page and Hugo Figueiredo, but there was a return after injury for Bradley Hewitt, who slotted in alongside Michael Peacock in defence. Mark Burgess pushed into a central midfield role and there was also a start up front for Kyle Matthews, returning to the club for a third spell.

Ware made a blistering start to their campaign but have been through traumatic times in recent weeks, with the loss of their manager and most of their highly-rated team. New boss Dennis Greene has had to recruit from scratch and he has a tough job on his hands trying to keep the side in the top positions.

The pitch had passed a morning inspection and on a hard but flat surface, Northwood settled quickly with Michael Gordon testing goalkeeper Ifeamvi Agu with an early effort after cutting in from the left.

The opening goal came after 16 minutes and it was Staforde Browne, a hat-trick hero on his debut the previous Saturday, that rifled home after Hewitt had found him with a deft header.

Another good move three minutes later almost produced a second when Matthews headed a Danny Brown cross over the bar following a good ball from Danny Power.

However, there was a real mess-up in defence for Ware’s equaliser on 24 minutes. Mitch Swain, Gary Meakin and Hewitt all combined to allow Daniel Lodge a free shot at goal and although he missed the target, Darryl Wilson was on hand to steer the ball home.

It raised the visitors’ confidence and from a corner Hewitt almost headed into his own net, with Meakin clearing, and then Wilson drove another shot straight at Swain.

The Woods stormed back, though, as the half progressed with Dwane Williams not far away with a good strike and then Michael Peacock heading over from a good position. It was after 42 minutes that the lead was restored. Gordon played a short corner to Meakin and when his cross was nodded down by Hewitt, Matthews pounced for a debut goal.

Ware rallied again after the break, with Swain forced into a good save as Kyri Kyriagou fired in a a shot to his near post, but after that the visitors made few inroads into a more-solid looking Northwood defence.

The Woods gained the upper hand, and Agu needed to at his best to deny Palmer from close-range after Hewitt had again caused problems at a corner. After 66 minutes another good run from Power saw him cut the ball back for Matthews whose shot was deflected wide and he repeated that effort a little later, this time with Matthews hooking his shot just over the crossbar.

The hard-working Meakin was lost to injury a minute later and replaced by Lee Holland, but Ware looked a spent force by this time and the Woods dominated the closing stages, played out in conditions that began to deteriorate.

A typical Gordon run and cross forced Jack Bradshaw to head behind for a corner and from that Agu spread himself well to save from Hewitt close-range strike. Palmer again proved dangerous as the game neared the end, seeing one shot on the turn deflected just wide, another lift just over the bar, while he also set up Matthews for a late strike which flashed just wide of the post.

The Woods held on to all three points in a game played sensibly by both sides in the conditions and which proved excellent entertainment for the crowd swelled by other local postponements. It was Northwood’s seventh successive home win in all competitions, dating back to November 8th.


 

PHOTO GALLERY (Click thumbnail to enlarge) 

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Pressure on the Ware goalkeeper

Photos: James Brown