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MATCH REPORTS 1971-72

 


Saturday 18th December 1971
WOODS STAY WITH LEAGUE LEADERS
NORTHWOOD 5  MILL END 1

Northwood powered to another big win over struggling Mill End on Saturday to stay with the Middlesex League pacemakers.

Control of mid-field was assured with the continued good form of Harvey, Burt and Pearce while the strikers had the visitors’ defence in all sorts of trouble but were unable to get the goals their tireless running deserved.

Barry Wanless did everything required of him with nonstop running and powerful thrusts down the middle but it wasn't his day when it came to scoring.

The pressure exerted on the Mill End goal mounted as more and more men were pushed forward in an effort to grab the opening goal. Mill End were hardly in the game but suddenly in their first real attack after 20 minutes they opened the scoring with a simple goal.

Woods were stirred into frantic action but somehow Mill End held their lead until ten minutes from the break when Ian Harvey crossed superbly and Paddy Coburn rose to head a classic goal. On level terms, the Woods switched from frantic attacks to a methodical destruction of their opponents.

With just two minutes of the first half remaining Steve Senior hit a post, collected the rebound and hammered the ball home. Ian Harvey scored just after the interval when under pressure he casually side-stepped the goalkeeper and pushed the ball into the net through a ruck of players.

At the back there was little to do and apart from the early lapse, they were always In control of the Mill End attack. John Myers proved a powerful asset and his partner Barry Gould excelled in his new role.

Steve Senior scored his second and the Woods’ fourth when he shot home after several efforts were cleared. Senior was immediately taken off to prevent any unnecessary pressure on his mystery knee injury, which continues to worry him. But his departure did not give any respite for the hard pressed visitors as the Woods pressed forward.

The ball was worked down the left to Coburn, who pulled it back to the edge of the box, Steve Pearce, standing unmarked hammered, in a low shot for his first goal of the season.

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