Northwood 3  Brentwood Town 2

22nd November 2008


Mitch Swain 1
Danny Power 2
Joe Cowen 3
Ryan Tackley 4
Mark Burgess 5
John Christian 6
Michael Gordon 7
Anthony Page 8
Sean Sonner 9
Danny Murphy 10
Hugo Figueiredo 11
Otis Williams (11) 12
Eric Gbio 14
Laurie Walters 15
Scott Purdue 16
Lee Holland (7) 17
Ryman One North
Chestnut Avenue,
Kick Off
3.00 p.m.
Sonner 24, 63, Forbes o.g. 32
Stanley 66, Sweeney 78
Tackley, Swain
Sent Off
Burgess (2 yellow)

Brentwood Town

1 Billy McMahon
2 Donovan Wilson
3 Kurt Hasnu
4 Steve Good
5 Darren Blewitt
6 Dean Parratt
7 Julian Ashby
8 Riki Holmes
9 Steve Wareham
10 Sherwin Stanley
11 Boniek Forbes
12 Joe Sweeney (9)
14 Billy Crowther (11)
15 Carl Griffiths
16 Brad Biggins (6)
17 Nicky Mitchell





Match Report
by Robin Piper

Ten-man Northwood produced a brave, battling performance to deservedly take the spoils against high-flying Brentwood Town.

Woods had to play the last half-hour of the match a man down after the inspirational Mark Burgess was shown a second yellow card for a disputed handball offence.

Caretaker manager Mark Barnham was able to welcome back Ryan Tackley and Danny Murphy at centre-back and left full-back respectively, allowing Joe Cowen to move into the midfield, whilst Sean Sonner was the lone striker once again.

Woods settled quickly and there was an early chance for Sonner as he latched onto Murphy’s ball over the Brentwood defence but his header failed to find the target.

Northwood continued their confident start and the overlapping Danny Power produced a smart pull-back for Sonner but the striker was unable to get the required purchase on his left-footed effort.

 Sonner was in the thick of it once more as he got a head on Murphy’s deep cross but Brentwood ‘keeper Billy McMahon was well positioned to collect.

Having negotiated the early Northwood pressure, the visitors began to gather some attacking momentum, with Sherwin Stanley a particular threat. The Brentwood striker turned smartly in the box, firing wide of the far post before another effort was turned around the post by keeper Mitch Swain.

The visitors continued to probe the Woods defences, Steve Good sending a half-volley narrowly over the crossbar following a Boniek Forbes corner.

However, it was Northwood who opened the scoring on 24 minutes, Sonner converting from the penalty spot after Michael Gordon was impeded.

Woods extended their lead after 32 minutes as the unfortunate Forbes hit the ball into his own net after Sonner and Gordon linked up in the box.

Northwood threatened again as Anthony Page fired in a half-volley from the edge of the box but McMahon saved comfortably.

Brentwood responded well to the setbacks and Good hit an upright with a low drive, before Stanley was denied once more by Swain.

However, McMahon was called into action once again when he parried Gordon’s fierce strike after a slick Northwood move involving Figueiredo and Sonner.

There were chances at both ends early in the second-half. Dean Parratt sent a shot over the bar for the visitors, McMahon was almost caught out by Power’s speculative long range effort. and Sonner headed narrowly over from Murphy’s corner.

Woods were reduced to ten men on the hour-mark as Burgess was adjudged to have handled as he looked to shepherd the ball back towards Swain, Cowen moving back into the back four as Northwood looked to shore up the defence.

But Northwood managed to secure a crucial third goal on 63 minutes as a sublime Figueiredo through-ball played in Sonner, who rounded McMahon for his ninth goal of the season.

Northwood were inevitably pinned back for the remainder of the match as the visitors looked for a way back with their numerical advantage, Brentwood reducing the arrears on 66 minutes when Stanley crashed the ball home.

Brentwood produced a constant wave of attacks, Swain saving well from Good, whilst Riki Holmes fired over from a good position.

Woods were bravely standing up to the Brentwood onslaught. However, the visitors managed a second goal on 78 minutes, substitute Joe Sweeny finding the net after Northwood failed to clear a free-kick into the box.

Lee Holland was introduced for Gordon whilst Figueiredo made way for Otis Williams as the clocked ticked down.

Northwood were indebted to Swain as he produced another smart save to deny Sweeney a second goal, thus securing a well deserved victory for his ecstatic team-mates.