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MATCH REPORTS 1976-77

 


Thursday 14th April 1977
ANXIOUS WOODS SCRAPE IN
NORTHWOOD 1  HINTON 0

Northwood took a further two points in their quest for Middlesex League honours on Thursday evening, but it was only at the expertise of lowly Hinton, and they struggled to achieve this.

The visitors were never in the game. Currell in the Northwood goal was not forced to make one save all night. It was the Woods' own anxiety that almost cost them dearly.
From the kick-off Northwood were the only team in it, but they could never turn their superiority into goals.

In the first ten minutes Northwood should have been three goals in front as they tore the visitors' defence apart. On each occasion the chance fell to Robin Tidd, who doesn't usually find himself in a striker's role. All three of his efforts came to nothing.

Without Cooper up front, the Woods relied on Ellis and Livingstone for the striking power and once again it was the diminutive striker who came up with the goods.
With telepathic anticipation he was into position to read a back pass almost before the defender knew he was going to do it, and he slotted the ball past the bewildered 'keeper.

This should have been the signal for the floodgates to open, but a combination of good goalkeeping, poor shooting and some atrocious luck kept the Hinton goal intact. The Woods could have turned round several goals in front but had to settle for the single effort from Ellis.

Anxiety crept into the Northwood game as they failed to produce the goals their territorial advantage suggested. The substitution of Harman, a defender, for the injured King threw the attack off balance but it was the conditions more than anything that affected the Woods' game.

Northwood: L. Currell, N. Heslop, G. Mills. M. O’Donnell, A. Merison , R. Tidd. B. Gould, I. Harvey, D. King, M. Ellis, R. Livingstone. Sub: J. Harman.