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Saturday 1st January 1972

Paddy Coburn snatched another two valuable Middlesex League points when they beat local rivals C.A.V. on Saturday.

Although the Woods had started the game well, the home side proved to be difficult to overcome, and they were restricted to very few chances as the game became controlled by the defences.

With Burt and Senior missing, a reshuffled Woods side took the field. Dibbens came in to play at the back, and Taylor was brought in on the left.

And Northwood couldn't have wished for a better start as Coburn put them one up within two minutes. Ian Harvey received the ball in mid-field and drifted past one player before slotting a through ball to Coburn. In a flash he was round one man to hammer a shot past the advancing keeper.

In the following minutes Northwood were in full cry and the home defence struggled to keep them out. But after surviving the onslaught C.A.V. pulled themselves together and although offering little in attack, appeared well drilled at the back.  
Barry Gould had his best game of the season in midfield. and John Myers and Don Dibbens played confidently at the back. The best player on the pitch, though, was the C.A.V. keeper, who made some great saves.

A full-blooded free-kick from Barry Wanless produced a miraculous savem and to prove it wasn't Wanless' day, he had two goals disallowed, the second looking perfectly good. Harvey, revelling on the carpet-like pitch, beat three men in a fine run and pulled the ball back to Wanless, who promptly drove it home.

Having given the goal, the referee heard a home defender's remarks to a linesman. He promptly ordered him off and then disallowed the goal. Further goals would have reflected the Woods superiority but try as they did, the goals never came.

Barry Gould was unlucky not to score with several good shots, as were Harvey, Coburn and Wanless.

It will be interesting to see who is left out to allow the skill and competitiveness of Burt and Senior back next week; both of whom may have been able to turn the Woods superiority into goals.

Northwood: R. Byrne, G. Harding, J. Myers, D. Dibbens,  R. Wickison. B. Gould, I. Harvey. S. Pearce, P. Coburn, B. Wanless, B. Taylor.