FIRST TEAM MATCH REPORTS 2008-09

Northwood 3  Ilford 0

29th November 2008

Northwood

Mitch Swain
1
Danny Power
2
Ryan Tackley
3
Bradley Hewitt
4
Mark Burgess
5
John Christian
6
Michael Gordon
7
Anthony Page
8
Otis Williams
9
Hugo Figueiredo
10
Joe Cowen
11
Substitutes
Danny Brown (8)
12
Scott Purdue
14
Dwane Williams (11)
15
Laurie Walters (9)
16
Lee Holland
17
Ryman One North
Chestnut Avenue,
Northwood
Kick Off
3.00 p.m.
Attendance
106
H/T
1-0
Scorers
Northwood
O Williams 23, Figueiredo 72, Walters 90+2
Ilford
n/a
Bookings
Northwood
n/a
Ilford
n/a
Sent Off
Northwood
n/a
Ilford
n/a

Ilford

1
Mark Parker
2
Craig Leader
3
Andy Richardson
4
Harry Chalk
5
Michael Noble
6
Tony Russell
7
Chuck Duru
8
Ian Cooper
9
Dean Pennant
10
Chris Taylor
11
Victor Omogbehin
Substitutes
12
Steve Howe (5)
14
Chelly Nkong (9)
15
Toby Ajala
16
Kane Messenger
17
Peter Moore

WOODS MAN OF THE MATCH:
Hugo Figueiredo

   


Match Report
by Alan Evans
 

The Woods moved back up to seventh place in the Division One North table and within touching distance of the play-off places with this solid and workmanlike performance against lowly strugglers Ilford.

Caretaker Manager Mark Barnham had to shrug off the loss of two of his more senior players in the lead up to this fixture, with leading goalscorer Sean Sonner joining Ryman Premier side Boreham Wood and skipper Danny Murphy announcing that he needed a new challenge and was going to look for a new club.

But the side was also strengthened by the return of Brad Hewitt to the defence, with Otis Williams replacing Sonner in an otherwise unchanged side from that which had beaten high-flying Brentwood Town the previous Saturday.

The Woods started strongly with Michael Gordon making immediate inroads down the right and forcing an early corner. Ryan Tackley found Williams accurately but the young striker steered his header inches over the crossbar.

The pressure continued with Hewitt heading on a long throw from Danny Power, but again Williams was unable to get over the ball and it sailed over the top.

It was a good move after 23 minutes that saw the Woods take a deserved lead. A combination of challenges from Hugo Figueiredo and John Christian saw the visitors lose possession in a dangerous area and Christian played a ball into the box for Anthony Page to knock across and Williams made no mistake, tucking the ball inside the post.

Just five minutes later, the unlucky Joe Cowen fell awkwardly when making a challenge and dislocated a shoulder, being replaced by Dwane Williams. It led to a loss of rhythm for a while but Ilford seemed unable to take advantage and half-time arrived with no further incident.

Early in the second half, the visitors began to threaten and some good work by the impressive Victor Omogbehin set up Ian Cooper for a shot which flashed wide of the target but it was only a brief flash of danger for the Woods who then took control again.

After 71 minutes a Tackley cross was only half-cleared and Figueiredo laid it off to Christian for a 25-yard strike which flew only just over the bar. Just a minute later, the Woods won a free-kick and, from the same distance, man-of-the-match Figueiredo cleverly curled his effort just inside the goalkeeper's near-post to score his first goal since promotion from the reserve side.

For the first time, Ilford began to look a little more interested in attacking football and Mitch Swain was suddenly in action to deny Chris Taylor who had latched onto a long ball after 76 minutes.

Hewitt headed over from close-range having met another accurate Tackley corner as the Woods utilised their substitutes while the visitors again brought the best out of Swain as the ‘keeper made another good save from Toby Ajala.

It was just into stoppage-time that Northwood added a third goal to round things off and it came from debutant sub Laurie Walters, who finished well from close range.


 

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Photos: James Brown