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Wingate & Finchley 3 Northwood 1

Tuesday 15th September 2009

  • Line-ups
  • Match Report

Northwood
FA Cup
First Qualifying Round Replay

Summers Lane, Finchley
Wingate & Finchley
Mitch Swain
1
Kick Off
1
Gavin King
Mark Burgess
2
7.45 p.m.
2
Marc Weatherstone
Gary Burrell
3
Attendance
3
Kieran Street
Chris Seeby
4
85
4
Ahmet Rifat
Michael Peacock
5
H/T
5
Daniel Nielsen
Brad Hewitt
6
0-0
6
Craig Ellis
Rob Ursell
7
Scorers
7
Mike Lenahan
John Christian
8
Northwood
8
Jake Furman
Eugene Ofori
9
Christian 89
9
Leon Smith
Anthony Page
10
Wingate
10
Chris Chase
Hugo Figueiredo
11
Chase 53, Smith 78, 90
11
Leon Fisher
Substitutes
Substitutes
Garry Senior (7, 60m)
12
Bookings
12
Aynsley McDonald (3)
Lee Holland (2, 70m)
14
Northwood
14
Dave Norman (6)
Harry Smart
15
n/a
15
James Gershfield
Patrick Lawrence
16
Wingate
16
Jamie O'Donoghue
Terngu Agera
17
Neilsen
17
Dean Williams
-
18
Sending Off
18
David Laird (11)
Aaron Bufton
19
Northwood
19
Callum Horton
Ofori
 
RIVERSIDE MAN OF THE MATCH:
x
 
 
Referee: Mr Gavin Muge
Assistants: Mr Minkuk Choi
& Mr Peter Zuffa

 

 

Northwood’s hopes of a decent F.A. Cup run were shattered as they crashed to first qualifying round replay defeat at a wet and windy Abrahams Stadium. After an evenly matched first-half, Wingate stepped up a gear and dominated the second period, with Woods task being made even harder as they were reduced to ten men after the unlucky Eugene Ofori received a red card.

Manager Dave Anderson made one change to his team, Mark Burgess returning to the midfield with Gary Meakin making way as Northwood reverted to a flat back four.

Woods began in determined fashion with the strong wind at their backs and they seemed intent on making up for throwing away the two goal lead in the first game. And Northwood almost took an early lead following a Rob Ursell corner, Hugo Figueiredo’s header cleared off the line by ‘keeper Gavin King with Bradley Hewitt almost converting the rebound.

Woods continued their lively start to the game and Figueiredo was in the thick of the action again as he latched onto Chris Seeby’s cross but he was unable to keep his header down. Wingate weathered the early Northwood storm and they launched a series of incisive counter-attacks with Leon Fisher twice shooting wide from good positions whilst Leon Smith headed over from a corner.

Chances were being created at both ends, Smith shooting across the face of the Northwood goal following another sweeping move whilst at the other end John Christian’s snap-shot was fisted away by King before Burgess saw his fierce drive deflected over the crossbar. Woods finished the half strongly as they looked to make the most of the wind advantage, the lively Figueiredo going close once more as his shot flew wide of the far post whilst Anthony Page had a good shout for a penalty turned down as he surged into the penalty box.

Northwood had been unable to break the deadlock and Wingate showed them how to do it with a fine individual goal on 54 minutes as Chris Chase sent a shot from the edge of the box beyond Mitch Swain in the Woods’ goal.

Garry Senior replaced Rob Ursell on 70 minutes but Woods were struggling to get any decent possession as the wind and rain blew directly into their faces. Lee Holland replaced Burgess and the substitution coincided with Ofori controversially receiving his marching orders after he contested a 50/50 ball.

Woods’ evening got worse as they conceded a second goal on 81 minutes as Leon Smith finished well following another quick break.

With the wind and rain sweeping into their faces, the ten-man Northwood gave themselves a glimmer of hope when Christian pulled a goal back after 81 minutes as he converted Figueiredo’ s low cross.

However, there was to be no miracle comeback for Northwood’s as the tie slowly petered out in the miserable conditions, Smith, looking suspiciously offside, adding to Woods’ woes with his second of the evening deep in stoppage time, to confirm Wingate’s place in the next round.

Report by ROBIN PIPER