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FIRST TEAM MATCH REPORTS 2008-09

Wingate & Finchley 1  Northwood 1

23rd September 2008

Northwood

Rob Pearce
1
Anthony Page
2
Ryan Tackley
3
Richard Orlu
4
Bradley Hewitt
5
John Christian
6
Michael Gordon
7
Dwane Williams
8
Sean Sonner
9
Abdul Yoki
10
Danny Murphy
11
Substitutes
Danny Brown
12
Otis Williams (10)
14
Dwain Williams (6)
15
Danny Power
16
Rob Ursell (8)
17
Ryman League One North
Summers Lane,
Finchley
Kick Off
7.45 p.m.
Attendance
70
H/T
0-1
Scorers
Northwood
Sonner 85
Wingate & F.
Rifat 38
Bookings
Northwood
n/a
Wingate & F.
Street
Sent Off
Northwood
n/a
Wingate & F.
n/a

Wingate & Finchley

1
Gavin King
2
Marc Weatherstone
3
Kieran Street
4
Craig Ellis
5
Bobby Aisen
6
Michael Sacks
7
Ahmet Rifat
8
Marvin Samuel
9

Wayne Grant

10
Leon Nelson
11
Steve Velandia
Substitutes
12
Ola Williams
14
Joe O'Brien
15
Tim Lees (11)
16
Chris Chase
17
Dean Williams (10)

 

   

 

 


Match Report
by Robin Piper

 

Northwood were once again grateful for the penalty taking prowess of Sean Sonner as they claimed a deserved share of the spoils at The Abrahams Stadium.

Manager Colin Payne decided to deploy a new formation, with Sonner being supported in attack by Michael Gordon and Abdul Yoki, the latter making his first start of the season, with Rob Ursell reverting to the subs bench.

Dwane Williams returned to the midfield at the expense of namesake Dwain, whilst there was a place in the middle of the park for debutant Anthony Page.

And there was also a change in defence, Ryan Tackley moving across to the right-back slot vacated by Danny Brown, and there was a first start for ‘keeper Rob Pearce in place of the unfit Mitch Swain.

The game began at a quick tempo, with both sides making a series of incisive moves. Northwood’s Michael Gordon had a close-range shot blocked after good work from Yoki before Wingate’s Wayne Grant headed narrowly over from a corner.

In an open game, the play was flowing freely from end to end, John Christian sending a long range effort narrowly wide of the Wingate goal, whilst the lively Grant had another opportunity for the hosts but his shot was wide of the mark.

But it was Wingate who drew first blood in rather fortuitous circumstances, Pearce failing to deal with a corner, allowing Ahmet Rifat to convert the loose ball on 38 minutes.

Conceding the goal appeared to knock Northwood’s confidence as Wingate looked to capitalise, former Wood Leon Nelson sending a shot over the bar after Woods struggled to clear their lines.

But Woods gradually regained their composure, and a quick break from Gordon created an opening for Yoki but his shot was comfortably dealt with by keeper Gavin King.

Northwood were unchanged for the second half as they looked to add a cutting edge to their neat approach play.

And they were quickly on the attack when Gordon drilled a dangerous ball across the face of the goal which just evaded Sonner, whilst Richard Orlu sent a header into the arms of King following a Yoki corner.

Woods were forced into a change on 53 minutes when Christian turned an ankle, and Dwain Williams was his replacement in midfield.

Northwood were gradually pinning Wingate back as they took advantage of the stiffening wind at their backs. And Sonner should have done better as he latched onto a poor goal-kick from King but the Woods striker poked his shot the wrong side of the post.

Danny Murphy was the next to threaten the home goal following a neat one-two with Yoki but King was quickly off his line to smother the danger, whilst Tackley tested King with a firmly driven free-kick but the Wingate stopper was equal to the task once again.

Otis Williams was introduced for Yoki on 63 minutes as Northwood continued to look for that elusive goal, the Woods’ substitute sending a shot flashing past the post whilst Murphy’s shot was collected by King.

Wingate were having do a lot of defending but they finally broke their shackles as substitute Dean Williams almost capped a sweeping move but his shot flew past the far post.

And the hosts had a wonderful opportunity to make sure of the points when they were awarded a debatable penalty ten minutes from time after Orlu was adjudged to have impeded Grant. However, Grant was unable to capitalise as Pearce made amends for his earlier error by blocking the striker’s spot-kick.

Northwood set about making the most of their reprieve and Ursell was added to the attack, with Dwane Williams making way.

And Woods’ endeavours were finally rewarded as Bradley Hewitt was caught by Bobby Aisen in the box, Sonner gleefully despatching the resultant penalty to restore parity on 86 minutes.

A reinvigorated Northwood went looking for the winner and they almost achieved it in stoppage time but Sonner’s close-range header from Ursell’s hanging flew agonisingly wide of the target.