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Isthmian League Associate Members Cup Final 1993

Barton Rovers 1  Northwood 3
(at Chesham United FC)

Thursday 29th April 1993


Team line-up
1 Ken Lavender
2 Troy McAuliffe
3 John Parsons
4 Ronnie John
5 Rob Holland
6 Steve Sailsman
7 Paul Rogan
8 Tim Vincent
9 Tim Ventour (sub off)
10 Vic Schwartz
11 Frank Omere
12 Dave Nolan (sub on)
14 Henry Pacquette


KEN LAVENDER (Goalkeeper)
Age 31. Vastly accomplished keeper who joined in the summer of 1988. Played for lots of clubs in West London and Middlesex and is just short of 200 appearances for the Woods.
KEVIN BECKLES (Goalkeeper)
Age 20. Young player who joined Northwood in March 1993 from local rivals Edgware Town, where he played in their Third Division championship side. Previously played for Watford Reserves and Southall.
Age 30. Experienced player who signed for the Woods in February 1993 from Uxbridge. Has also played for Yeading, Hendon and Edgware Town. Can play either in defence or midfield - current right back.
Age 18. A product of the club's youth policy who made his debut at left back in February 1993. Has had experience in Chelsea's Youth and Reserve teams and has quickly earned rave reviews.
RONNIE JOHN (Defender)
Age 24. An important signing for Woods from Wembley at the end of February 1992 as his pace at the back made a great deal of difference in the Spartan League championship run-in. Returned to the side in January after spending the first half of the season injured.
ROB HOLLAND (Defender)
Age 27. Experienced central defender who is also Club Captain. Rob saw service at eleven clubs including Football League outfit Crewe before joining Northwood in November 1991. Played in the 1986 FA Vase Final for Southall. Local sports shop owner.
TIM VENTOUR (Defender)
Tim joined the Woods at the start of the current season, the club’s first in the Ryman League and has been fairly regular throughout the campaign.
Age 24. Signed in January 1993 from Edgware Town, having played for Bishop's Stortford for the past two season. Has also played for Wembley and Kingsbury Town. Very versatile player who has already played in three different positions for the club.
PAUL ROGAN (Midfield)
Age 25. Joined from Cheshunt in March 1991 and has now made the central midfield role his own. a former Leyton orient and Q.P.R. youth player who has also had experience at Boreham Wood and Enfield. The scorer of seventeen goals so far this season.
TIM VINCENT (Midfield)
Age 32. Tim had trials for Manchester United and England as a youngster, but has generally gained his reputation in the non-league scene with six clubs prior to joining Northwood in 1989. A thoughtful approach to the game has netted him sixty goals in 180 appearances for Woods.
DAVE NOLAN (Midfield)
Age 22. Last season's Supporters Player of the Year, Dave returned to the right back position during this campaign after playing a midfield role for most of last season though he has been in midfield lately. Previously with Hendon and Harrow Borough, he was the top scorer for the reserves for two seasons before making his first team debut in 1990. Has now made 100 appearances for the club.
Age 33. The return of the prodigal son this season as Vic started his football career late in life at Northwood in 1985 before playing for Yeading, Hounslow, Yeading again and Uxbridge. He won a Vase winners medal at Yeading and returned to Northwood at the start of this season. He has scored 24 times in just 30 appearances this season - albeit on battered legs!
Age 19. Another youngster who has been ever-present in the line-up since signing from Wembley in December 1992. Played at Youth level for both Brentford and Southampton. He is still student who hopes to study for a Law degree. Has scored in every round of tonight's competition so far amongst his total of seventeen goals this season.
Age 35. Vastly experienced striker now in his second spell at Northwood. has played for no less than seven Diadora League sides and has scored 57 goals in his just over 100 appearances for Northwood. The top scorer in the Reserves this season.
Age 20. Another of the Woods young stars with bags of potential, Martin is yet to win a regular place in the side, but has now played 25 games, mainly as substitute, never letting the side down.
DEAN LAYTON (Midfield)
Age 20. Youngster who has played a handful of games this season. an England Schools trialist at Under 18 level and has also represented Herts County at Golf.
PAUL CURRAN (Defender)
Age 29. Signed in December 1989 and played central defence before converting to left-back in 1990. Previously with Kingsbury, Hendon and Finchley, he has now made over 170 appearances.
Age 20. Had England trials at both Under 15 and Under 18 level before breaking into the Northwood side this season. Was on the books of both Arsenal and Tottenham and has played for both Southall and Harrow Borough. Although not a regular in the side, scored a hat-trick at Epsom recently.



Northwood enjoyed their finest night of the season when they lifted the Isthmian Associate Members Trophy by beating higher division Barton Rovers at Chesham United’s ground. This was the Woods' first season in the Isthmian League, and they dominated the game, which really should not have gone to extra time.

In the seventh minute a well worked free-kick saw Tim Vincent play a ball inside for John Parsons and he swung in a low cross which just needed a touch but didn’t find one and was cleared. Two minutes later a superb run by Vic Schwartz took him past four players on the right flank, and when he crossed, the keeper failed to collect, Paul Rogan was given a good opportunity but his shot was blocked by one of many defenders in front of goal. The rebound came out to Steve Sailsman but his shot was just held by keeper Lee Bozier who had scrambled back into position.

With Woods’ tails up, they were chasing every ball and when Frank Omere shut down a back-pass, Bozier kicked it straight at the Woods striker but he was so amazed to be given the ball that he simply played it back into the keeper's arms. On 26 minutes, Vincent took advantage of a mistake by Colin McGill to beat two defenders and try a shot from the edge of the area but it lacked power and Bozier was able to gather.

After 36 minutes, Sailsman made a good run down the left and crossed for Omere, whose header looked powerful but took a deflection off a defender and went behind for a corner. Barton's first attempt at goal came with just six minutes to go to the break when Paul Olney crossed from the right and Dennis Foster flicked a near post header towards the goal but Ken Lavender collected easily.

Just before the break, Schwartz played a great ball into the box for Omere but his shot was saved by the keeper. Barton Rovers could only get better in the second half and they did threaten in the early stages.

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Ronnie John, who, along with the rest of the defence, enjoyed a superb game, made a vital tackle to prevent an Olney shot at goal just two minutes into the half and then on 56 minutes Lavender was tested with a cross shot which looked likely to find the far corner.

On 63 minutes Troy McAuliffe threaded a pass through to Rogan. His cross to the far post was missed by Omere but Vic Schwartz flew in to shoot home and put Northwood in front. Barton did not really look like getting back into the game and as time went on a few bad tackles began to creep in, Danny Turner being booked for a foul on Nolan. With 83 minutes gone, Nolan played a great ball in for Vincent but his shot went just over the top.

With seconds to go, Sailsman enjoyed a good run on the left which took him past a number of defenders but when his cross came in Schwartz could only head the ball back out. Rogan was handily placed on the edge of the box and he smashed his shot towards goal but too near Bozier, who was able to push the ball over the bar with a fine save.

The game was in its sixth and last minute of injury time when Barton were allowed to get a cross in from the right, which was met superbly by Graham Golds, who headed firmly past Lavender and the scores were level, scarcely deserved by Rovers.

So it was extra-time, but within a minute, the Woods were back where they deserved to be, in front. Vincent was hacked down just outside the area by Bill Goodyear and from the free-kick, Rogan flighted over a superb ball which saw Rob Holland leap high to head goalwards and the defender on the line failed to keep it out.

Northwood continued to dominate and McAuliffe joined the attack to set up Rogan for a shot which was only just wide after 99 minutes. Then Nolan raced down the right in space and with players lining up in the centre, only managed to cross into the keepers arms. In the second period of extra-time Woods made sure of victory when a long ball out of defence from Holland picked out Frank Omere, and he raced past Goodyear before beating Bozier with a perfectly placed shot into the corner on 108 minutes.

There was still time for more chances and Nolan and Rogan exchanged passes before the latter tried to chip the keeper and only just failed.