Northwood 3  Yate Town 0

19th August 2006


Scott Ward
Dave Nolan 2
Ricky Alexander 3
Mark Dennison 4
Perry Norman 5
Wayne Carter 6
Dean Powles 7
Dean Clark 8
Lee Tunnell 9
Peter Dean 10
Gavin Hart 11
James Shipperley 12
Max Howell 14
Elliott Buchanan (6) 15
Kyle Matthews (9) 16
Rob Bullivant 17
British Gas Business Southern League Premier Division
Chestnut Avenue
Kick Off
3.00 p.m.
Tunnell, Clark, Hart
Yate Town
Yate Town
Chenoweth, Jeffries
Sent Off
Yate Town

Yate Town

1 Tony Court
2 Mark Summers
3 Dave Elsey
4 Lee Bridson
5 Lee Jeffries
6 Adam Mayo
7 Aaron Blakemore
8 Paul Chenoweth
9 Darren Edwards
10 Jason Wood
11 Jimmy Cox
12 David Seal
14 Lee Vickerman
15 Gareth Loydon
16 Mike Wyatt
17 Adam Sims



Match Report
by Robin Piper

Northwood got their season off to the perfect start with an opening day win over promotion favourites Yate Town. With five players making their senior Northwood debut plus the return of central defender Mark Dennison, it was a much changed line-up from the team that finished last season, and they carved out a result which suggests they are going to be a harder nut to crack this season.

There was surprise selection in goal, Rob Bullivant making way for Scott Ward, a mid-week signing from Crawley Town, while Wayne Carter was given the honour of the captain’s armband.

There were chances at either end in the opening stages, Woods’ Lee Tunnell being denied by a brave stop from keeper Tony Court whilst at the other end, Paul Chenoweth and Darren Edwards were off target for the visitors.

But Tunnell wasn’t to be denied his debut goal in the 8th minute, converting the rebound after Court had parried Dennison’s shot following a Dean Clark free-kick to the far post.

Yate responded in positive fashion, putting Northwood under a spell off sustained pressure, Ward grabbing Lee Jefferies header at the second attempt being the closest they came to scoring.

Woods were relying on the counter-attack and they almost extended their lead after the impressive Dennison released Dean who only had the keeper to beat, Court making a fine save to deny the Northwood number 10.

Northwood were on the back foot again as Yate forced a series of corners, Adam Mayo off target with a free-header whilst Jefferies saw his effort cleared off the line by Gavin Hart. The Northwood goal was living a charmed life but the hosts continued to look dangerous on the break, Dean squandering another opportunity as he cleared both keeper and bar after good work from Clark and Carter. And Woods finished the half well with Tunnell and Perry Norman both going close.

Northwood began the second period in a similar vein and they were rewarded with a second goal on 50 minutes. Tunnell was the catalyst as he played the perfect ball inside the Yate left-back to find Clark, who coolly slotted the ball beyond the advancing Court.

That was the signal for a period of intense Yate pressure as Woods were unable to get hold of the ball. The visitors were encamped in the Northwood half with Chenoweth, Adam Blakemore, and Edwards seeing a succession of efforts blocked as Woods rearguard warmed to the task.

In a rare Northwood attack, Dean Powles saw his long range effort sail harmlessly wide of the upright, before the Woods’ midfielder saw another effort sail narrowly over following a neat interchange with Dean.

However, Northwood finally made sure of the points on 68 minutes with a fine individual goal from Hart. Dean and Tunnell were involved in the build up, releasing Hart, who shimmied through Yate defence before slotting the ball home for Woods’ third of the afternoon.

Carter and Tunnell made way for Elliot Buchanan and Kyle Matthews and both tested the tiring Yate defence in the latter stages.

But that was to be the end of the scoring leaving Woods to reflect on a highly satisfactory afternoon, their first opening day win since an away victory at Oxford City in 2002 which kick-started the Ryman Division One North Championship winning season.

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Photos: James Brown