DIVISION ONE NORTH Northwood 3 Brentwood Town 2
Ten-man Northwood produced a brave performance to hang on to the spoils against high-flying Brentwood.
The Woods had to play the last half-hour a man short after the inspirational Mark Burgess was shown a second yellow card for handball.
Fortunately the hosts were already leading 2-0, which they increased to 3-0 and despite fourth-placed Brent-wood pulling two back they could not snatch a draw, giving caretaker manager Mark Barnham his fourth point from two games.
Northwood settled quickly and there was an early chance for lone striker Sean Sonner as he latched on to Danny Murphy's ball over the top but his header failed to find the target.
Danny Power produced a smart pull back for Sonner but he could not get the required purchase on his left-footed effort and the former Harefield man was in the thick of it again as he got a head on Murphy's deep cross, but Brentwood keeper Billy McMahon was well positioned to collect.
Having negotiated the early pressure, the visitors began to cause a few problems with Sherwin Stanley a particular threat as he fired wide and another effort was turned around the post by Mitch Swain. Steve Good also sent a half-volley narrowly over but it was Northwood who opened the scoring on 24 minutes, Sonner converting from the penalty spot after Michael Gordon was impeded.
They doubled the lead eight minutes later when the unfortunate Boniek Forbes put through his own net after Sonner and Gordon combined. Brentwood responded well and Good hit an upright with a low drive before Stanley was denied by Swain, while at the other end McMahon parried Gordon's fierce strike.
There were chances at both ends in the second half before Woods were reduced to 10 men when Burgess was harshly adjudged to have handled as he looked to shepherd the ball back to Swain. Joe Cowen dropped into defence as Northwood looked to hold the fort but crucially they immediately grabbed a third goal when Hugo Figueiredo delivered a sublime through ball and Sonner rounded McMahon for his ninth of the season.
Northwood were inevitably pinned back for the remainder of the match and Stanley crashed home to reduce the arrears on 66 minutes and as Brentwood produced a constant wave of attacks, Swain saved well from Good and Riki Holmes fired over.
The visitors finally managed a second goal with 12 minutes to go, substitute Joe Sweeney netting after Northwood failed to clear a free kick, and Northwood were indebted to Swain as he produced another smart save to deny Sweeney and secure victory for his ecstatic team-mates.
NORTHWOOD: Swain, Power, Cowen, Tackley, Burgess, Christian, Gordon (Hol-land), Page, Sonner, Murphy, Figueiredo (Williams). Subs not used: Gbio, Walters, Purdue.
Goals, Woods: Sonner 24, 63; Forbes (og) 32. Brentwood: Stanley 66, Sweeney 78. Attendance: 147.
Colin Payne thanked the committee, supporters, staff and play-ers for their backing over his three years in charge as well as for the kind messages of support he has received in the past week.