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MATCH REPORTS 2006-07

Hitchin Town 1  Northwood 0

17th April 2007

Northwood

Bill Fishenden 1
Terry Hogan 2
Ryan Tackley 3
Bradley Hewitt 4
Perry Norman 5
Wayne Carter 6
Danny Julienne 7
Harry Hunt 8
Peter Dean 9
Elliott Buchanan 10
Danny Murphy 11
Substitutes
 
- 14
James Shipperley (2) 15
David Nolan 16
Joe Sparrowhawk 17
Nick Pearce 18
British Gas Business Southern League Premier Division
Top Field,
Northwood
Kick Off
7.45 p.m.
Attendance
210
H/T
0-0
Scorers
Northwood
n/a
Hitchin Town
Standen pen. 75
Bookings
Northwood
Hunt
Hitchin Town
Stevenson
Sent Off
Northwood
n/a
Hitchin Town
n/a

Hitchin Town

1 Michael Parkin
2 David Deeney
3 Adam Scanlon
4 Lance Gentle-King
5 Ryan Frater
6 Glen Lamacraft
7 Carl Williams
8 Jon Stevenson
9 Martin Standen
10 Ryan Charles
11 Mark Ducket
  Substitutes
12 Scott Cretton
14 Matt Childs
15 Adam Cunnington
16 Scott Orphanou
17 Gavin Jaggard

 

   


Match Report
by Robin Piper
 

Northwood suffered their second reverse in four days as a controversial penalty condemned them to defeat and almost certain relegation from the Premier Division.

Injuries and unavailability meant there were a number of changes to the Woods’ line-up. Bill Fishenden returned between the sticks, whilst there was a welcome return for Elliott Buchanan on the right flank following his injury lay-off. With Jerome Hall out for the season with a broken foot, Harry Hunt returned to partner Peter Dean in attack, and Danny Julienne moved in to central midfield to cover the absence of Dwane Williams.

Hitchin were on the attack from the off with Ryan Charles sending a shot into the arms of Fishenden. But after Danny Murphy and Ryan Tackley went close for Woods, the hosts gradually pinned Northwood back. Jon Stevenson wasn’t far away with a 25-yard free-kick, whilst Martin Standen flashed a shot across the face of goal following a quick break.

Northwood’s best moments continued to come from set pieces, Tackley testing home ‘keeper Michael Parkin with a long range free-kick, whilst Bradley Hewitt’s header from Murphy’s corner was almost touched home by Wayne Carter.

However, Hitchin finished the half strongly with a succession of attacks. Fishenden saved well from Standen before Carl Williams, Glen Lamacraft and Stevenson all had opportunities to open the scoring for Hitchin.

 And the hosts were on the attack immediately after the break with Lance Gentle-King and Ryan Charles being afforded free headers, but were unable to make the breakthrough.

However, the deadlock was finally broken as Hitchin were awarded a penalty after Terry Hogan was harshly penalised for a challenge on the diving Mark Ducket, Standen making no mistake with the 75th minute spot-kick.

Substitute James Shipperley was introduced as an emergency striker with Hogan making way as Northwood looked for a way back.

And Woods rallied well, Hunt rattling the crossbar from close range after Hitchin failed to clear a Murphy corner, whilst Julienne twice went close with strikes from the edge of the box.

At the other end, Fishenden was once again enjoying a fine game, denying Standen a second goal with a useful save.

However, Woods were unable to break down the determined Hitchin defence, Hunt having the last chance to retrieve a point in the final minute as he broke clear only to be let down by a poor touch as he advanced on goal.

 


         
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