News Round Up - Updated 16.04.14

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Midweek Matches

Premier Division - On Tuesday, Hungerford Town, trailing a goal behind at the interval to bottom of the table Bashley, scored three times in the closing twenty minutes to secure a 3-1 home win which took them back to the edge of the play-off places with a game in hand while Poole Town kept their play-off hopes alive when a goal eight minutes after the break gave them a 1-0 home win over Hitchin Town. Biggleswade Town, ahead after nine minutes, completed a 2-1 home success against Truro City with a goal just after the mid-way point of the first half and Banbury United scored twenty minutes into the second half to secure a 1-0 win at Weymouth. On Wednesday, Redditch United, two ahead at the interval, secured a 3-2 victory at Corby Town.

Division One Central - On Tuesday, Daventry Town, two up at half time, completed a comprehensive 5-0 home win over Potters Bar Town taking them to the top of the table but Barton Rovers, who had led from the eleventh minute, were held to a 1-1 draw when hosts Egham Town scored with a minute remaining leaving Kettering Town to move to within a point of the play-off places when, after going behind to a goal on the stroke of half time, they scored three times in the final quarter to win 3-1 at home against AFC Hayes. Northwood scored twice in the second half to secure a 2-0 win at Aylesbury while Beaconsfield SYCOB, level at the interval after going behind, scored three times in the last fifteen minutes to win 4-1 at St Ives Town and Royston Town, two ahead at the break, completed a resounding 5-0 success at third from bottom North Greenford United. On Wednesday, Aylesbury United took a ninth minute lead but had to settle for a 1-1 'home' draw when tenants Leighton Town equalised with three minutes remaining.

Division One South & West - The chase for the Championship was blown wide open when leaders Merthyr Town, who had taken a seventh minute lead, conceded two goals in the opening half hour to lose 2-1 at Taunton Town while Tiverton Town kept up their challenge when, having gone behind in the eighth minute, they scored from a penalty five minutes after the break and went on to secure a 2-1 home victory against Cinderford Town with a goal ten minutes from the end. Shortwood United, ahead after two minutes, completed a 2-0 home win over Godalming Town which took them up two places into fourth position and in the evening's other match Bishops Cleeve, after taking a third minute lead, secured a 2-0 home victory against Bridgwater Town.

Weekend Action

Premier Division - Leaders Hemel Hempstead Town were held 0-0 at home by a defiant Hitchin Town leaving Chesham United to close the gap in second place to five points when, after being four ahead ten minutes into the second half, they secured a 4-1 victory at Bideford but St Albans City lost 1-0 at home when Poole Town scored twelve minutes after the interval and were replaced in third place by Cambridge City who took the lead in the thirteenth minutes and completed a 2-0 home win over Frome Town with a second in the final minute while Stourbridge consolidated their fifth place when, after being a goal up at the break, they completed a comfortable 3-0 home victory against AFC Totton, a result which confined the visitors to finishing third from bottom. Burnham, a goal up at the interval, conceded an equaliser four minutes into the second half before going on to secure a 2-1 home win over Corby Town while Redditch United took the lead five minutes before the break and added a second from a penalty two minutes later on the way to a comfortable 3-0 success at Arlesey Town but Weymouth, behind after fifteen minutes but level early in the second half, went down 2-1 at home to St Neots Town while Biggleswade Town scored five times after the interval to complete an emphatic 7-0 win at bottom of the table Bashley. Truro City scored on the hour to chalk up a 1-0 win at second from bottom Bedford Town while Chippenham Town scored a goal in each half to secure a 2-0 home win over Banbury United.

Division One Central - Leaders Dunstable Town, a goal down after just four minutes, slipped to a 2-0 defeat at play-off hopefuls Kettering Town leaving Slough Town, who scored three times in the opening eight minutes, to move to within a point with a 5-0 victory at bottom of the table Ashford Town (Middx) and Rugby Town stayed level on points in third when a penalty ten minutes after the break ensured a 1-0 home win against St Ives Town while Daventry Town kept up their challenge for the Title with a 2-1 victory at fourth from bottom Leighton Town. Aylesbury scored a goal in each half to win 2-0 at home against Barton Rovers and dent the visitors' play-off push while Beaconsfield SYCOB recovered from going behind in the ninth minute of the second half to win 4-1 at home against AFC Hayes but Royston Town, trailing after just ten minutes, went down 2-1 at home when Aylesbury United scored a second five minutes from time. Northwood found themselves four behind at half time and crashed to a 7-2 home defeat by Marlow while Egham Town won 2-1 at Chalfont St Peter after scoring twice in the first half and Uxbridge scored twice in four second half minutes to win 3-2 at home after trailing at half time to Potters Bar Town. In the day's other game Chertsey Town conceded a tenth minute penalty and went on to lose 3-1 at home to North Greenford United who moved out of the bottom two at the expense of their hosts.

Division One South & West - On Friday, third from bottom Bishops Cleeve took a seventh minute lead but went down 2-1 at home when Evesham United scored twice in ten minutes just after the midway point of the second half. On Saturday, leaders Merthyr Town were behind after thirty-one minutes but went two ahead just after the hour mark only to then concede two goals in ten minutes to share a 3-3 home draw with Yate Town leaving Cirencester Town, who scored a goal in each half to defeat visiting Cinderford Town 2-0, to draw level on points , albeit from one game more, while Tiverton Town, a goal up at the interval, returned to winning ways when they scored three times in seven minutes early in the second half to complete an emphatic 4-0 win at Clevedon Town. Fourth placed Swindon Supermarine, having twice trailed two behind, equalised with nine minutes remaining but slipped to a 4-3 defeat at Stratford Town when the hosts scored in the final minute while Paulton Rovers held on to the final play-off place when a goal nine minutes into the second half gave them a 1-0 home success over Bridgwater Town but Shortwood United kept up their challenge with a goal ten minutes before the break giving them a 2-1 victory at second from bottom Fleet Town and North Leigh, five ahead at the interval, completed a resounding 7-0 win at bottom of the table Guildford City. Mangotsfield United went ahead nineteen minutes from time but went down to a 2-1 defeat at Taunton Town when the hosts equalised three minutes from the end and scored again two minutes into time added on while Wimborne Town took the lead six minutes before the interval and secured a 2-0 home win over Thatcham Town with a second half penalty and Didcot Town scored twice in the second half to record a 2-0 home victory against Godalming Town.

Club News

Cinderford Town - Former Cheltenham Town favourite John Brough has been named as the Club’s new Manager. Brough, who has been managing league rivals Bishops Cleeve, brings with him Dave Bird as his assistant, Matt Smith as assistant coach, and Alan Gough as club physio. Many Foresters` supporters will know Gough from his Cinderford days and at Cheltenham Town.

Brough Takes Foresters` Helm

A spokesman for the club said “The wealth of experience within this team must be the greatest the club has known and it’s what we believe will take us to the next level which we have been strivng for for many years. We know the loyal supporters will give them their full support as will the club’s Board.”

Northwood - Following the success of last season's inaugural Community Day, the Club is repeating the event on Saturday 12th April 2014. Entry to the fixture at home to Marlow will be on a “pay what you can” basis through a cash donation into a bucket collection so there will be no admission fees.

All playing members of the club’s extensive youth set-up are invited to attend with their parents to take part in a group photo alongside the first team and other members of the local community are also encouraged to come along and get a taste of what Northwood Football Club has to offer.

Gates will be open from 1pm with the kick-off at 3.07pm.

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