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FIRST TEAM MATCH REPORTS 2008-09

Northwood 1  Wingate & Finchley 1

17th January 2009

Northwood

Mitch Swain
1
Danny Power
2
Ryan Tackley
3
Mark Burgess (Capt.)
4
Michael Peacock
5
Brad;ey Hewitt
6
Michael Gordon
7
Anthony Page
8
Staforde Palmer
9
Rob Ursell
10
Kyle Matthews
11
Substitutes
Rob Pearce
12
Hugo Figueiredo
14
Lee Holland
15
John Christian (11)
16
Dwane Williams
17
Ryman One North
Chestnut Avenue,
Northwood
Kick Off
3.00 p.m.
Attendance
132
H/T
0-1
Scorers
Northwood
Hewitt 65
Wingate & Finchley
Samuel pen. 28
Bookings
Northwood
Peacock, Power, Hewitt
Wingate & Finchley
Street, Sacks, Aisen
Sent Off
Northwood
n/a
Wingate & Finchley
n/a

Wingate & Finchley

1
Gavin King
2
Marc Weatherstone
3
Keiron Street
4
Daniel Neilson
5
Bonny Aisen
6
Michael Sacks
7
Tim Lees
8
Marvin Samuel
9
Dean Williams
10
Leon Nelson
11
Precious Koko
Substitutes
12
Jimmie Berry
14
Craig Ellis (2)
15
Jose Espinoza
16
Chris Bangura (7)
17
Chris Chase (9)


 

   

 

 


Match Report
by Alan Evans
 

The Woods had a Brad Hewitt header to thank for picking up a point from this top of the table clash and extending an unbeaten league run to an impressive nine matches.

Rob Ursell returned to the side at the expense of Dwane Williams against a Wingate side well placed in the table, just one point behind Northwood but with three games in hand.

There was a slow and scrappy start to the game, perhaps with both sides trying to cancel each other out, and it was the visitors who struck the first blow when former Northwood striker Leon Nelson hit a post with a low first-time drive.

The Woods responded with Kyle Matthews enjoying a good game on the right and his cross resulted in Michael Gordon hooking over from close-range.

It was after 28 minutes that Northwood went behind when Marvin Samuel blasted home a penalty after a clumsy challenge by Danny Power on Precious Koko had resulted in the award of a spot-kick.

There was a positive response from the home side, with Matthews, Ursell and Staforde Palmer all going close in quick succession. Then, after Mark Burgess speculative 40-yarder had dropped just wide of the goal, Ursells good pass put Gordon in on goal but he rolled his shot wide of the far post.

It was much the same after the break, though Wingate & Finchley did go close when Mitch Swain had to make a good save to deny Marc Weatherstone after the wing-back had robbed Ryan Tackley of the ball.

Palmer had seen a good strike well saved by goalkeeper Gavin King before the Woods levelled on 65 minutes. Tackley angled a free-kick into the box and Hewitt scored with a deftly flicked header to give King no chance.

Both sides had chances to win the game in a very open final twenty minutes. For Wingate, Nelson was twice denied by flying saves from the impressive Swain while the crossbar was hit twice in seconds by substitutes Chris Bangura’s header and Chris Chase’s shot.

At the other end Ursell tested King with a long-range effort which he only just held onto, and then Palmer almost signed off his loan spell with the winner, denied twice by last-ditch block tackles which resulted in corners.


 

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