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Saturday 16th October 1971


Barry Wanless notched his first hat-trick for Northwood in Saturday’s Middlesex League game. And again the Woods showed a welcome return to form as they continued to climb the table with their tenth point from seven outings.

Midfield was controlled well by Harvey, Gould and Pearce and the Woods three front runners sparkled. Senior had his best game of the season while Wanless and Coburn played havoc with the defence.

In the 15th minute, Pearce crossed well and Wanless bulged the back of the net with a rocket of a header. Soon after this Gould had a fierce drive well saved.

Gradually Woods let their command slip and CAV came back into the game, but they made little headway in the penalty area as Myers marshalled his defence.

Then after 30 minutes Wanless struck again. Shots by Harvey, Senior and Pearce were all blocked and it was left to Wanless to lash home from ten yards.

Just before half-time CAV got back in the game with a well-headed goal.

Northwood didn’t allow the visitors long to savour the chance of a point. Three minutes after the restart Paddy Coburn kept up his goal a game record when he superbly executed a:chance created after a long run by fullback Taylor.

Now 3-1 up, the Woods started to press forward for more goals and a fine four-man move ended with Harvey casually stroking the ball home.

Wanless was searching for his hat-trick and the Woods’ highest score of the season. It came with ten minutes left. Senior hit along ball through to Wanless, who instantly killed it, shook of a tackle, rounded the keeper and slotted the ball home, a brilliant goal – to cap a superb display.

Northwood: Byrne, Harding, Taylor, Gould, Madigan, Myers, Harvey, Pearce, Senior, Wanless, Coburn.