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The Word in the Wood #11

Posted on 14th September, 2019
Our girls section has been buzzing this week with news of a dedicated training session with Arsenal Women this coming Monday, and our sides put in some excellent performances on the pitch ahead of this.
U9 Girls improved even further on last week's excellent début, with a super performance away at Chipperfield Corinthians. The girls banged in another two cracking goals whilst keeping things very tight at the back and sharing keeper duties maturely and proficiently. Kara and Mya took the goalscoring plaudits with the latter now having two in two from midfield. Kara secured PoM with the coaching staff particularly impressed with her constant effort and ability to transition defence to attack.
U15 Girls, bursting with spirit and determination, hosted Bengeo Tigers and secured an excellent 2-0 result, sending them top of the entire U15 pre-season league. Stratton delivered a perfect throw for Embleton to feed the deadly Swain, who swept in her fourth goal in two games. The result was sealed by the talented Coque, who produced another expert finish in the box, however, given the clean sheet, it was no wonder that keeper Manning was named PoM after a faultless display between the sticks.
U16 Girls did not fare so well, suffering defeat at the hands of Berkhamsted. After contending well in the early stages of the match, a couple of quick goals sent the girls' heads down and they struggled to win their personal duels thereafter. One who definitely did was keeper Harris, securing PoM with some tremendous saves and much-improved distribution. Certainly, there is very much more to come from the team and it is hoped their renowned spirit and togetherness will shine through in the next few matches. Without doubt, when it does, performances and enjoyment in the game will be transformed.
To match the weather, U9 Boys were in very hot away form scoring four scintillating goals, with both Dragos and Leo grabbing a brace each, the former now scoring a very tidy three in two. MoM went to Aiden for a complete performance and showing huge amounts of enthusiasm and energy.
U11 & U16 Boys played their first home matches of the season and both games saw record crowds enjoying the great weather and even better football.

A solid performance from the U11s kept their good run going with Charlie - playing a fine game in midfield - lofting a ball high into the box. El-Roi sensing an opportunity performed a remarkable transformation into an owl, soaring through the air and turning his head a full 360 degrees to head home a sensational goal. The aforementioned was hauled down in the box too with the resulting penalty from Luke expertly saved by the opposition keeper. MoM went to Callum whose improved distribution second half led to much better possession football from the whole team.

U16 Boys played a big derby match against local rivals Belstone, and, with the air crackling with atmosphere, the lads put in a great shift that almost secured a result. Florez-Nova was on hand to adeptly score his first of the season while MoM went to the hard-working and talented Barber. Manager Gene was quoted as being both proud & delighted with the team's attitude and desire; we couldn't agree more.

The Word in the Wood #10

Posted on 7th September, 2019
After meticulous pre-season activities leaving no stone unturned, the Wood roared into the new season with a series of dazzling displays.
Our U9 Girls played their first ever match and, in an unprecedented achievement, scored not one, but, three goals! As we all know, hitting the net is the hardest thing in football. For the girls to do it so many times at their first attempt against a very experienced side is testament to their natural ability and super coaching from Dave. A brilliant début performance from all the team then with lovely goals bagged by Mya and Gabriella, who also secured PoM for a sparkling performance.
Not to be outdone, our U15 Girls took on a tough assignment far away from home against Bedwell Rangers. The girls signalled their intent for the season with a resounding 2-4 victory, taking them 2nd out of 26 teams in the U15 pre-season league. A smart finish from Coque and a vintage hatrick from the impressive Swain secured the goals, while PoM went to the combative Embleton who covered more ground than a king size marquee!
After the loss of many experienced players, our U16s put in a really encouraging performance against Watford Hornets in the U16 pre-season league. The match was in the balance until the closing minutes, with a 1-3 reverse ultimately ensuing. The Wood fought valiantly and showed a fighting spirit and togetherness that will yield great dividends going forward. Makamian lashed in an exocet for the team's goal while Turner secured PoM for a defensive masterclass at the back.
After moving from 5 to 7-a-side, U9 Boys started the season with a gritty performance against talented opposition. The boys showed a great attitude throughout with Dragos producing a cool finish for the team's goal and Charlie picking up MoM after an excellent display.
Following a superb last season that saw them produce both a 10 match unbeaten run in the League and remain unbeaten in the League Tournament, U11 Boys were delighted to recently learn of promotion to the Green Division for 2019/20; a huge achievement for them all. The boys started away against a slick Hinton side but, quickly came to grips with the new 9-a-side format and offside rules, producing a hard-working performance and frustrating their opponents repeatedly. Débutantes Max & Daniel enjoyed tremendous games as did Sammy who was dominant & vocal in defence. The match culminated with a truly wonderful team goal. El-Roi fed the marauding Kai who whipped in a wicked cross that was swept into the net first time by the on-rushing Riley. Scoring on your debut and also securing MoM; it just doesn't get any better!
U16 Boys have welcomed many new players this season and faced a challenging match away to Enfield Rangers in the WFL White division. As they continue the gelling process, the team put in a very creditable performance scoring twice away from home in a 4-2 reverse, showing great potential for the forthcoming fixtures. Leica and Tillcock produced accomplished finishes for the team's goals, with the latter securing MoM after an impressive all-round display.

The Word in the Wood #9

Posted on 27th August, 2019

As the temperature gauge creeps up across the country, Borehamwood 2000 have fairly busted the thermometer with the news they are to become an Arsenal Women Sister Club for the 2019/20 season!

 

That's right, our girls will receive a host of goodies including dedicated coaching sessions from official Arsenal Women coaches, Arsenal Women mascot and guard of honour opportunities, free tickets to Arsenal Women WSL, FA Cup and Contintental Cup home matches and entry to tremendous tournaments Arsenal Women will be hosting throughout the season! Our staff will also receive Arsenal Women session plan resources and access to an on-line coaching group, as well as complimentary invites to the Arsenal Women Sister Club Conference at the Emirates Stadium!

 

To say we are excited is just a little under-statement, with your blog author needing just a tiny nip from the hip flask, for purely medicinal purposes and to steady the nerves on receiving this fantastically good news! Our association in the female game stretches back a very long time and this association with Arsenal Women shows the girls game at Borehamwood 2000 has never been healthier. Female football is not a fad for us, nor a revenue grab to support our other teams so get your daughters some boots, head on down to the Wood and join the fastest growing sport in the world!!

 

What about our fine young fellows we hear you say? Well, they certainly haven't been forgotten and every one of our youngsters gets the five start treatment. You sit back with a lemon and lime cordial - it's just too hot for anything else - and leave the heavy lifting to us! Tune in soon for further updates and some big announcements for our boy's teams.

The Word in the Wood #8

Posted on 10th August, 2019

While some of you enjoy your holidays, reclining on a sun lounger deciding what to have for dinner, despite not having digested breakfast or lunch, the cogs are again turning quickly at the Wood, in preparation for the new season.

 

Several of our teams are now back in pre-season training and the early reports are that our players are looking lean and hungry, despite very many hours of all-inclusive! This is a crucial period in any footballer's calendar, preparing thoroughly both mentally and physically for the demands of what we hope will be a productive and successful season. Hard work now pays off when the trophies are being contended, so bin the sweets, get a sweat on and lead by example; remember, perfect practice makes perfect!

 

The transfer window may have ended for the Premier League but, continues apace at the Wood. We've made many excellent signings of late, with oodles of motivated and talented players joining our ranks, so much so that the U9 & U11 boys are now at capacity. Our other teams still have some availability so get in touch if you're interested. With new kit, new training top & new personalised rain jacket for all our new players at a fraction of the price most clubs charge, you'd be either extremely wealthy or completely bonkers not too!

 

Look out for the next blog as we hope to make some big announcements soon!

The Word In the Wood #7

Posted on 4th July, 2019

After a long season, July is a time to recharge the batteries and savour what has been. The club's teams performed exceptionally well last term and many continue to train before a taking a little summer break proper. Rest and recovery is so important to any footballer, particularly when young, and this forms as much of the club's mantra as does our desire to have fun and give it everything when the new season begins!

 

In the background, the club's staff continue to put the foot down with exciting new sponsorships sourced from both Hertsmere & Britannia Drywall. This, combined with existing sponsorships with our partners Ricoh & Griggs mean all five of our teams will be wearing brand new kits come the start of the season. When you consider our registration fees are amongst the very lowest of any junior football club, it's further proof that value for money and Borehamwood 2000 FC, truly go hand in hand.

 

Further opportunities are being investigated relentlessly and we hope to share details of these in the near future. For now, let us take the strain, while you put your feet up; it'll be GO time soon enough to be sure!

The Word in the Wood #6

Posted on 8th June, 2019

Time does fly and another club presentation has been and gone. The day was a great success, with an army of volunteers mobilising to give our players and parents an occasion to remember. With Ange working magic in the tea-hut, Julie & Tim serving up a grill bonanza, and Lisa and Nicole coordinating everything like Montgomery and Patten, things went smoother than a cashmere scarf!

 

On an emotional note, and after a decade of unstinting service to the club, Bruce Tillcock announced he was stepping down from his role as club Chairman. Family and work commitments meant Bruce needed to shuffle some of his many roles at the club and Lisa, our super Secretary, presented him with a lovely gift in recognition of all his selfless work over the years. Very happily for us all, Bruce will continue to fill some key roles at the club as well as managing his talented U9 Boys. Rather poetically, this team's outstanding season, where they enjoyed great success and were also promoted, saw them voted the club's team of the year. We look forward to seeing these tremendous youngsters develop in the future and have high hopes they will be bringing home much silverware too!

 

Registration is now complete though all teams are on the look out for one of two more players for the forthcoming season; don't hesitate to get in touch if you're interested?

 

 

The Word in the Wood #5

Posted on 30th May, 2019

It's the club presentation day this Sunday, 2nd June, 2019, at Pursley, and with the forecast set fair, our players, parents and staff can look forward to another smashing occasion. The event kicks off at 13.00 with a set from Madonna; actually, we couldn't get hold off her, but, no matter, who needs pop stars!

 

As I said, the event starts at 13.00 and all our players will receive a club award, followed by individual awards to those lucky few. The suspense is growing daily but, take it easy, all will be revealed soon. We'll have the tea hut open, a BBQ roaring, a bouncy castle and the goals out for the kids, and Mediterranean weather to boot! There will be a small charge of £1 per car for parking but, even that's a result as you get free entry to the Wood deluxe raffle! Don't forget also, that Lisa, our multi talented Club Secretary will be completing registration for those that have yet to sign on for next season!

 

Ahead of the event, a team of mother like elves descended on Pursley and transformed the place from a jumble sale to something you could keep eat your dinner off! Working for nine hours flat out, our intrepid team of volunteers - Nicole, Tanya, Marie and Nicola - performed a genuine miracle and 20 years of accumulated junk is now a lovely, clean and tidy clubhouse. We are sooooo grateful to the ladies for completing such an outstanding job and where they have led, perhaps there are others who might follow their example by mucking in for the Wood? I'm sure there are, so stop watching daytime TV repeats and get in touch, you know it makes sense! See y'all Sunday!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

The Word in the Wood #4

Posted on 20th May, 2019

Despite our teams' football seasons at an end, many of our sides continue to train over at our beautiful Pursley Playing Fields facility, while our U16 Girls took on a tough assignment last Saturday with a friendly away to the League Champions. Despite missing several key players the girls were very competitive, with their latest new signing - Megan - impressing the massed ranks of home support with her endeavour, technique and attitude. Player of the match went to the human cat - Georgie - who played a blinder, flinging herself around like a commando on the assault course!

 

Our new U9 girls team will start training very soon and we are delighted to have a raft of budding Woodettes ready and waiting to begin their footballing journey. Borehamwood 2000 have been invested in girls football for nigh on ten years now and that experience, and no little success, makes us the go to club for girls football in Borehamwood, Shenley and Barnet.

Through years of first hand experience, we've come to understand the female game just isn't the same as the boys, with a far greater level of sensitivity and understanding required to boost confidence and unlock the wonderful technique inherent in so many young ladies.

At our club, a young girl can look around her on a Saturday morning and see scores of older girls playing on the surrounding pitches, inspiring and reassuring them at the same time.

Our rich history in girls football proves we are not in it short term or to make a fast buck, and a realistic dream of ours is to be the first club in the wider area to field a senior female side in the future. With our U15 & U16 teams growing older every year, we believe we have the nucleus of young ladies to do this too.

So, if you've a daughter looking to try out something new and fun, and you want her to do this in a friendly, understanding environment full of like minded girls, Borehamwood 2000 is the football club for you.

 

Now, we hear you say, what about the boys! Well our two young sides - U9 & U11 - are coming along very nicely indeed, with the U9s moving from 5aside to 7aside, and the U11s from 7aside to 9aside. As such, tactical training is continuing through the summer and both teams are picking up the new challenge very readily. We have a spare space or two in both our talented squads so, if your interest is piqued, fill out our new player form and get in touch!

The Word in the Wood #3

Posted on 14th May, 2019

Our wonderful U15 Girls picked up their sixth piece of silverware in five seasons, after collecting Div 2 runners-up trophies at the HGFPL Finals Day last weekend. Having performed so well over the years and featured prominently in numerous League campaigns and Cup Finals, this achievement, though perhaps not the most prestigious, was perhaps the girls best yet?

 

As background, and despite our best endevours, the team lost key players prior to the season starting. Despite Borehamwood and Shenley growing apace, we were unable to find a single player to fill their places and during the season, the girls were often unable to field a full side or substitutes. Many sides would have whined and moaned, folded under such circumstances but, not these Woodettes! With the full support of team sponsor RICOH, the girls banished all doubts, raised their games to an unprecedented level, persisted through snow, ice and storm, winning every match bar those against the eventual, worthy champions, and thus secured runners-up spot and automatic promotion back to Div 1.

 

What can you say about such fine young women, other than to praise them to the hilt and marvel at their positive attitude and togetherness. Football is a great game in itself but, through it, the girls have learnt so much more, gaining huge confidence in themselves and making friends they will keep for life. When their backs were up against the wall, these girls came through it all, successful and smiling, making their manager, coaches, parents and club so very proud indeed.

 

As is often the case, those that endure prosper, and though likely to lose one old favourite next season as a result of moving home, the team has already signed up many new players to plug the gap and grow the squad. If you are reading this and want to be a part of this special group, get in touch whenever you want? Come down for a little training, have a chat, perhaps a cuppa from the tea hut, then, when the whistle blows for the new season, get those game heads on and go for it!!


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Word in the Wood #2

Posted on 6th May, 2019

The football season drew to a close this weekend for both our U14 Girls and U10 Boys.

 

The girls needed to take four points from a double header away against the recently crowned League Champions to gain promotion, a very tough task indeed. However, they rose to the challenge superbly and got off to a cracking start by winning the first match courtesy of a fine goal from the talented Taylor. The team pushed on remorselessly in the second match and after going a goal down, almost got the point they needed with the opposition keeper just making a late penalty save amidst scenes of huge excitement and tension. The club are immensely proud of all the girls, and give a heartfelt thanks to all their coaches throughout the season - Tim, Nicole, Andy & Adam - for giving it such a fantastic go. There is huge talent in this team and we sincerely hope they stay together as there is no doubt they will be red hot favourites for the title next season.

 

U10 Boys wrapped up the season with a match against talented opposition. The boys found it tough defensively but, were strong going forward and scored a peach of a goal, with Sammy cooly dispatching after an excellent through ball from Henry. Henry had a real stormer and picked up Man of the Match along with Alfie, who played very nicely in multiple positions, a real team player.

 

U16 Girls had another friendly and showed yet more signs of improvement with new girl Jemma producing a stunning performance in goal and a raft of strong performances from established players including new team Captain Ameera, Sophie, Aaliyah and Rosie.