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Saturday 25th January 1975

Two second half goals by Don Dibbens ended his own personal goalscoring famine, and secured Northwood the points in Saturday’s windswept Middlesex League match. The football varied from brilliant o desperate, and the excitement started in the first minute and continued until the last.

Gerry Donnergan gave the home side the lead after only two minutes when he rifled home a low drive from outside the box, then Northwood midfielder Roberts had a header cleared off the Legion line.

Northwood, though, were clearly shaken by the goal, and it took all the guile of Gould and Heslop to keep the Legion attack at bay. Gradually the Woods pulled themselves together, with Peter Clarke playing a major role in midfield. They had to wait until the 20th minute for their equaliser when Clarke coolly slotted home a penalty after Harry Stone had been upended.

With five minutes of the half remaining, Northwood took the lead with one of their goals of the season. A corner from the right was only partially cleared and the loose ball fell to Roberts, who whacked it home from 30 yards.

Northwood started the second half as they ended the first, on the attack, but in an isolated Legion attack, a ball from the right was forced home past Kessell to the home side ahead again.

The Woods suffered a further setback on the hour when Roberts limped off to be replaced by young Gary Cooper, but they still kept up their fight, and as the game progressed it clearly could still go either way.

A five minute burst by Northwood then ensured that it would be them that took the points. A goal came when Stone slipped through to set up Dibbens from eight yards, and then Dibbens made it 4-2 when he connected with a long ball and lobbed it over the keeper’s head.

Hillingdon came back again, and Frost fired home a loose ball, but the Woods were able to hold on for both points.

Northwood: Kessell, Harland, Harman, Gould, Heslop, Stone, Tidd, Roberts, Dibbens, Pearce, Clarke, sub. Cooper.