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MATCH REPORTS 1976-77

 


Saturday 2nd October 1976
ELLIS SPARKS OFF NORTHWOOD
BARNES 0 NORTHWOOD 3

Northwood came back from two successive defeats to overcome a weak but brave Barnes outfit in the Middlesex League on Saturday. The Woods had to reshuffle their line-up for the excursion into the heart of Surrey, and manager Paddy Coburn gambled by playing top scorer Junior Jones in midfield with King and Tidd.

Northwood attacked from the start and Jones and Co. overran the weak Barnes midfield. Martin Ellis once again proved what a tremendous find he is, as his non-stop aggression meant no rest for the home side's defence.

Livingstone shot wide and the home keeper pulled off a string of spectacular saves as Northwood were anxiously looking for a goal. It finally came when Jones crossed hard and low into the box where a defender handled. Gould calmly took the penalty and sent the goalkeeper the wrong way.

In the second half Northwood arrogantly pushed the ball around. Jones was happy in midfield, where he was constantly fed by Tidd.

More goals seemed inevit able, and it was the irrepressible Ellis who notched the Woods' second. Livingstone crossed and before anyone could move, Ellis had rushed in to hammer the ball home.

The home side tried to get back in the match but the Woods' back-four was finally showing a good understanding. The centre-back pairing of Gould and Merison gave nothing away.

A series of goal-line clearances, fine saves and near misses prevented a goal rush but 15 minutes from time Northwood made it 3-0.

Heslop overlapped again from the right, crossed hard and low, where Robin Tidd dived amongst the feet to guide home a magnificent goal with his head.

Northwood: Currell, Heslop, Harman, Gould, Merison, Tidd, Curran, Jones, Martin Ellis, Livingstone, King. Sub. Micky Ellis.