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The Word in the Wood #23

Posted on 7th December, 2019

It was standing room only at a packed Pursley today as our U16s faced St. Albans City South in the 3rd round of the County Cup. We can reveal the lads turned it on brilliantly to record a 1-0 win and secure a place in the 4th round of Herts FA's premier competition.

The game was tight as two coats of paint, but, began to turn when MoM Langham moved from defence to forward. He combined superbly with Tillcock, who sped through the away defence to hammer home. Keeper Rahmati and defenders Hague, Zekarias, Barber & Leiva then locked it up at the back, securing a clean sheet and a famous and hard fought victory. Massive congratulations to the entire squad and staff and without doubt, this is the club's victory of the season thus far. Next up in this cup is a tricky away fixture against Berkhamsted Raiders scheduled for the 12/1/20. Though the boys will have to go easy with their Christmas & New Years festivities, in this form, there is nothing they can't achieve!


Inspired by their older peers, our U11s put on a masterful performance against Hinton Stars, and this with the squad decimated by illness. The boys passed it better than ever and with tackles and clearances aplenty, a truly vintage display followed.

In goal, the excellent Max stretched like Mr. Fantastic to somehow keep out a penalty, whilst in front of him, Callum marshalled the defence with authority and clean ball striking, almost scoring a 30 yard free kick that screamed past the left hand stanchion. Luke and Charlie bossed the midfield, with good hold up play from Sammy up front and incisive work from Khalid on the left wing. MoM, however, went to the versatile and superb Riley, who, after a stint up front, scored two superb goals from right and then left midfield, the second of which, in the dying seconds of the match, sent the home support delirious and saw the more seasoned fans remembering Le Tissier's looped volley against Newcastle all those years back. To be compared with such exalted company is testament to the quality of this exquisite contribution.


To round off a perfect day for the Wood's boys, our U9s recorded yet another wonderful display, this time away against the spookily named Woodys & Ebogs Phantoms! Our boys showed no fear however, with the in form strike partnership of Luis (2) and Dragos (1) dispatching the ball through the goalpost cobwebs and firmly into the back of the net. MoM was secured by Aidan, who was livelier than the Duracell Bunny and enjoyed a fantastic game.


Pursley witnessed the most wonderful game of football today, with our U9s hosting St. Albans Central in a pulsating match. Parents, players and staff on both sides were of the very highest order, all contributing to a wonderful spectacle.

The Wood's girls changed positions numerous times and adapted to this challenge superbly well, applying the same busy work ethic and quality technical skills wherever they played. So good to see in such young players.

The entire squad played beautifully, with moments of real quality seen from Mya in defence, whose range of passing was quite incredible, from Lottie rampaging forward on mazy dribbles and from Kara who threw herself about bravely when in goal.

Our PoM went to birthday girl Lola, who is improving rapidly and put in a fantastic shift for her team, while the opposition awarded their own PoM to us and chose Theaya. She enjoyed an exceptional game, making a string of first class saves in goal before squeezing the ball home from a seemingly impossible angle to score her first goal for the club.

After the game, as the girls scoffed birthday goodies and swapped stories of their performances, the smiles on their faces warmed the hearts of the home support and reminded everyone what it's all about.


Our U15s had no fixture today and relaxed ahead of their big game at St. Albans North next Saturday. The girls have enjoyed a really good season thus far and we hope they close the year of with another strong display.


Both our older girls teams have suffered with a lack of numbers over recent years despite the best efforts of the club to attract players. With GCSEs and other interests, that is becoming even more acute. With that in mind, this week, our U16s again asked the League if they could move down to Div2, but, again, this was rejected. The club respect the decision but, feel the move would've been appropriate based on our numbers and results, through both the pre-season matches and League games thus far.

Though disappointed, the girls and staff intend to keep going as there remains a core of hardy and talented players who want to train and play, and when we can get a full team out, we will fulfill our Div 1 fixtures. However, due to absence, we were unable to do so against Berkhamsted today and ceded them the points.

It's certainly not all doom and gloom and a particularly excellent training session was witnessed by your Blog author on Monday, where the girls were enthusiastic and bubbly. With this attitude, things can turn around quickly and all the while, we'll continue the hunt for new players.

The Word in the Wood #22

Posted on 30th November, 2019

U9 Boys put on another thumping performance this matchday against Maccabi Black, scoring six of the finest goals you could imagine. Dragos - who loves scoring goals like the rest of us love scoffing cream cakes - helped himself to another four and claimed MoM, with Luis and Bailey both hitting the net apiece with fierce drives smashed into the stanchions. A special mention to young Charlie too, who morphed into a leaping salmon to complete a stunning penalty save!

Our U11s excellent streak ended after a sluggish, indifferent start to their game against Whetstone Wanderers Leopards. After a hard week down the mines, the boys were stiff, tired and unable to get going though they finished very strongly and matched the opposition in the last twenty minutes of the match, giving us something good to build on next week.


On a very frosty Pursley pitch, our U16 Girls hosted a gifted Denham side today in the League Cup and started really strongly, Makamian showing good technique to fire the team into an early lead. From this strong position, we then contrived to concede 11 goals turning a promising situation into a tough and demoralising morning for all the players, staff and parents. What's for sure is that everyone has very much more to give than they showed for the majority of the game today but, there has to be a desire to want to do that and this can only come from within. The challenge for the girls is to react positively and for our senior players to step up and lead the team forward, rather than shrugging their shoulders with indifference. We know you can do it and we'll support you to the hilt, but, you've got to lead the way!


At the other end of the spectrum, our U9s were fairly bursting with pride and passion as they flew on to the pitch away against Southgate Adelaide. The girls put on a wonderful team performance, running their hearts out and fighting for every blade of grass. Goal factory Lois grabbed her 16th of the season before turning provider with a searing cross that was dispatched expertly by Hazel for her 6th of the season, this coming from a well rehearsed team move the girls have been working on in training!

Kara & Mya had stints in goal and were in outstanding form, pulling off top drawer saves and showing no hesitation as they dived at opposition feet to gobble up the ball. In defence, Ella was a rock again, making multiple shuddering tackles that shook the ground like the giant in Jack and the Beanstalk, while Emily was calm and assured as she stepped in and swept up beautifully. Lola worked her socks off closing down in attack and tracking back for her team, while PoM went to Lottie for an outstanding performance in defence, breaking up attacks, using her pace to cover team-mates and starting attacks with her dribbling abilities. What a day, what a performance; come on the Wood!!


In a top of the table clash, our U15s game against Potters Bar was postponed due to the frost. The girls are in such hot form they would surely have melted that away but, a little rest to recharge won't do them any harm at all.

The Word in the Wood #21

Posted on 23rd November, 2019
U11 Boys' were denied extending their excellent streak due to the bog like conditions at Alexandra Park seeing their game postponed. However, U9 boys, themselves in very good form, took up the mantle and played a season's best performance in a massive derby against a Borehamwood Youth Templars side that has just secured promotion. The gate receipts for this local extravaganza broke all the records as our boys went at it right from the start, with a phenomenal work ethic and desire to succeed. Top scorer Dragos notched yet another in a stand-out season and manager Bruce, quoted by the Daily Telegraph in the bar afterwards, said "without doubt, this was the most complete performance from the boys yet; they made us all very proud indeed and every one was a MoM today." As the faithful trudged back home to clean the mud of their new shoes and wipe down their car seats, many could be heard echoing these wise words.


U16 Boys came very close to earning a fourth straight win before falling to a couple of late goals against Enfield Rangers. The boys were on the end of a heavy defeat against this opposition earlier in the season and the closely fought match this time round shows the clear improvement the boys have made. Mokonnen was on hand to grab his second of the season with a calm and composed finish, while keeper Rahmati secured MoM with an acomplished display between the sticks. The club salute the management and players for showing great resolve and determination in turning their fortunes around.


On a wet and wild day, the Wood's girls' section played some really tremendous stuff!
U9s faced tough opposition in Meninas Curitiba, but, flew out the blocks, with Lois scoring a mind-boggling six goals! This talented young lady is bursting with confidence and was just too hot to handle, finishing in style throughout and earning herself PoM. Serving up these opportunities in particular was Emily, enjoying a fine match, as was keeper Mya, who marshalled her area like a pro. All the girls worked their socks off, particularly after giving the opposition a power play, and were rewarded with yet another excellent performance.


Our U15s continued where they left off last week, recording a fine 1-7 victory against a plucky Watford Ladies Harts side. Goal machine Swain continued her remarkable run, bagging another four goals to propel her side to victory. Not to be outdone, Embleton scored a high class hatrick, her first for the club, and both our goalscoring heroes were grateful for the constant supply of chances provided by their team-mates, who ran and tackled hard throughout. One of these - Rodrigues - provided a masterful defensive display and deservedly secured herself the PoM award. Top of the table, the girls face a derby match against Potters Bar next.


U16s were assigned a tough match against league favourites Wodson Park and fought well throughout before succumbing to this talented side. McLaughlin was in fine form, tackling and running hard, with Branigan doing the same and also providing a touch of class. PoM went to Joseph for a very resolute defensive performance and a desire to keep going. A valiant effort from the girls and if they can just retain the ball that bit longer, they'll be even more competitive in these challenging fixtures going forward.

The Word in the Wood #20

Posted on 17th November, 2019
The very wet weather put paid to our U16 Girls home game this weekend but, those that were able to play, played very nicely indeed.

U16 Boys have been moving steadily into form and recorded their third straight victory by dispatching Hendon United Netanya 2-1. The boys poured it on and proved too strong for opposition several places above them in the table. Florez Nova banged in two high quality goals with MoM going to Rio after a fine display of marauding wing play.

U11 Boys continued their excellent run of form with a season's best performance against an Edmonton side containing several explosive players. The boys needed to work hard from the outset to starve these boys of possession and did that most effectively. Max, Ben, Bentley and Callum were outstanding in defence, making countless saves, blocks and clearances, and contributing to a richly deserved clean sheet. In this, they were supported by a midfield and front line that worked tirelessly while also creating numerous chances on the way to scoring two super goals. The first was lashed ruthlessly into the net by top scorer Riley, after indecision by the away keeper presented an opportunity. The second came with good build up play from centre midfield pairing Daniel and Luke, who played in Khalid to sweetly dink the keeper for his first goal of the season, earning himself the MoM award to boot. Next up, a tricky away fixture at Alexandra Park South; the boys say 'bring it on!'


U9 Girls played tough opposition from Garston but, matched them blow for blow, in another display of character from the team. Kara blasted a peach of a goal taking her to 5 for the season, while Captain Ella picked up PoM after a courageous display, refusing to give up when the chips were down. Always well received, the team received many compliments from the opposition parents, who said the improvement in our team from early season has been incredible!


U9 Boys have been playing quite beautiful football this season and again dominated possession of their game against Omonia Youth White. Luis enjoyed a particularly excellent game, wooing the fans in the packed home stand with a artful finish of the highest calibre. MoM however, went to the skilful Bailey after a swashbuckling display from start to finish.


U15 Girls progressed into the next round of the Herts County Cup with a comeback win against Bengeo Tigers. Coque had fired the Wood into the lead with an angled drive early in the first half, before Bengeo fought back to lead 1-2. Top scorer Swain found the target again to force extra time before Embleton drove into the box, finding the net beautifully to propel the girls into the next round. PoM went to the tough tackling Weston, who dominated the Wood defence with authority and determination.

The Word in the Wood #19

Posted on 9th November, 2019
The Wood's girls' section were as hot as King Alfred's cakes today, with three blistering performances to thaw out the frost.


First out the blocks were our U9s, hosting a rubber match with Chipperfield Corinthians. After conceding early, the girls smashed in an incredible 10 goals! Up front, our terrifying twosome - Hazel and Lois - reaped havoc in the opposition defence, helping themselves to 4 smashing goals apiece, with Kara and Ella supporting expertly with a further goal each. In defence, Emily, Mya and Theaya constructed a Roman testudo to keep 'em out with the latter receiving PoM after a textbook display of sweeping and distribution. The staff, players and parents worked very hard over the half term, with a number of extra training sessions. You wont need telling that this dedication is already very evident in the team's development and performances.


Next up was our U16s, the girls facing Watford Ladies Harts in the County Cup on an emotional day for the team. Having made the final of this prestigious competition just two seasons back, they were determined to give it another go with old friends and team-mates very much in mind on the way to recording an excellent 3-1 win. Young broke the deadlock with a fierce shot before Joseph's determined run took her past several opposition players on the way to busting the net with a vicious shot. Makamian made the result safe with a late goal, pouncing cleverly on a rebound. It warmed the heart to see the girls rising to the occasion, enjoying their football, playing for each other and leaving with a smile on their faces.


Last but, most certainly not least, and capping a wonderful days football for our gals, the U15s recorded a barmy 8-4 comeback win against Watford Ladies Harts, that after being 1-3 down with only ten players! Tested by WADA both pre and post match, Swain bagged just the six goals to take her personal tally to 22 in 8 matches; that's better than Messi! Coque, the other half of the team's forward bident grabbed two herself, taking her own tally to an impressive 7 in 8. Such awesome firepower needs a provider and pulling the strings in midfield was Embleton, enjoying yet another consistently excellent match. PoM though went to Swain for a remarkable goal-scoring feat and her continuation of a season to remember. Very well done to all our girls on a truly superb match day.


Meanwhile, U11 Boys staged a stirring comeback after conceding a couple of goals in a slightly lethargic start to their match against Woodys & EBOGs. After getting a sigther just before, Riley lashed in two excellent strikes near the end of the match to send the away fans into raptures. These goals also saw him become the team's top scorer and earned him the MoM award; not a bad day's work! Plaudits also to Daniel, Sammy and Ben who grafted hard throughout and gave the team a platform to turn the game.


After an excellent win last week, our U16 Boys followed this up with a fine result against Hitchin Comets, winning 2-1 to progress into the 3rd round of the County Cup. The boys were in rascal form, with current top scorer Tillcock helping himself to another quality goal, while Territt Valladares finished smartly to record his first for the Wood. Amidst cartwheels of joy, manager Gene was quoted as saying 'the boys put in a great shift and showed a terrific team spirit and effort'. Here, here!


All in all, it was a great weekend's football and we are very proud of all our kids and staff.









The club was deeply saddened to receive the unfathomable news of Sam Jimenez's passing last week. Sam was one of our most popular and passionate supporters, being mother to Mia, one of our finest ever players, and wife to Raf, one of the most talented coaches we ever had on our staff. Sister Izzy made up the final, beautiful piece in this wonderful team.

For many happy seasons, the fields at Pursley rang out with the match-day sounds of Mia organising on the pitch, Raf directing on the touchline, and Sam & Izzy leading the cheering from the green terraces with the multitude of friends and compatriots they made so easily. In Sam, a more popular and dedicated supporter of the club could never be found, and as a mother and wife, she was simply devoted to her family and the game that inspired them all.


In later years, Mia's talent and dedication saw her rapidly move up through the levels as she became a stalwart at the all conquering London Bees and Herts FA County sides. Mum was with her every step of the way and took huge pleasure and pride in seeing her prodigious daughter blossom.


Our thoughts will always be with Sam, but, in her daughters and the achievements they have already made, and will undoubtedly continue to make going forward, Sam's legacy is forever secure. Borehamwood 2000 pays tribute to an exceptional and very much loved lady.


The Word in the Wood #18

Posted on 2nd November, 2019
Both the U9 and U15 girls braved the foul weather today. As far as the Wood's Amazonians are concerned, it's just warm rain, and the howling wind, well that's no worse than a small hair-dryer!


Our U9s travelled far away to Bury Rangers and performed very commendably again. The girls welcomed another new team mate today, with Lottie making her debut and performing excellently throughout. Maestro Lois bagged yet another super goal, cutting the net to shreds with a blistering shot, while PoM went to the exciting Lola, improving immeasurably with every game. The girls are growing in confidence and with squad numbers swelling, this is most definitely a team to keep your eye on.


Our U15s were up against it from the start in the League Cup against a hot Watford Hornets side, the Wood missing several key players through half term and injury. Despite this, the girls gave it everything, with just 9 in the starting line-up holding out for 20 minutes in a genuine monsoon. Thereafter, we lost another player to sickness and the only viable solution was to abandon the game. Everyone at the club is very proud of the girls and their coaches, who could have stayed warm and dry in bed but, instead chose to have a go. We all know you get out, what you put in, so don't be surprised if the team's attitude reaps major rewards at the end of the season.


The temperature outside was cool, but, our U11 boys were as hot as volcanic magma as they tore on to the pitch against Whetstone Jaguars today. Ably led by Captain Bentley, the boys worked very hard from the off, with all the squad enjoying strong performances. In attack, Henry superbly pulled the ball out the sky and in to the path of the onrushing Daniel, who finished smartly into the bottom left hand corner, his first Wood goal. Second half saw debutant Ben launch a javelin throw which was tucked away coolly by Kai, who cleverly found space at the back post. In goal and defence, the boys displayed much improved positioning and focus, restricting the opposition to pot shots and half chances. At the heart of this, showing a tigerish, tenacious desire to succeed, was Ben, securing MoM on a vintage day to remember.


U9 Boys have been in irresistible form of late, scoring an incredible, perfect 10 goals last week against AC Finchley West. This week they took on a handy Omonia Green side but, the boys just keep pouring it on, scoring another half dozen splendid goals. Dragos and Audley grabbed a goal each, both drilling home from acute angles, while Luis put on a virtuoso performance, hammering in four goals with finishing of the highest standard, and earning himself MoM in the process. The boys are buzzing and must be pushing for a promotion place soon!


To complete a perfect day for the boys' section, our U16s dispatched Whetstone Leopards 1-2, to move into the next round of the Challenge Cup. Langham and Tillcock bagged the goals, with the former receiving MoM after a spirited display. The team has been working very hard and improving each week, thus are thoroughly deserving of this excellent result. Well done you boys!!

The Word in the Wood #17

Posted on 26th October, 2019
The Wood's U9 Girls roared into action today in the rubber match against Welwyn Pegasus. In the words of manager Dave, who was almost deliriously happy, "the girls turned up with fire in their bellies determined to show the true 2000 spirit!"
The side made numerous goalscoring chances with twinkle-toed Lois banging in her 4th of the season and speedster Kara grabbing her season's 2nd, with a stunning pile-driver from distance. To complete the perfect performance, our defence restricted opportunities for the talented opposition attack with PoM secured by Emily, who was a rock in defence and then a springboard in attack. What a wonderful day's footie!!


Our table-topping U15 Girls had a fixture-less weekend so instead took the opportunity to complete warm weather training in Dubai, we think?! This left the U16 Girls to wrap up the day's action, far away at Bishops Stortford. The team worked their socks off despite losing players to injury, leaving them with just 10 on the pitch the entire second half. They never gave up though, made everyone really proud and were it not for a couple of spectacular long strikes from the opposition, their efforts would have deservedly secured a result. Wood veteran Fordham enjoyed an excellent performance, running ceaselessly and wearing a good inch off her studs in the process. No surprise then to see her deservedly named PoM. Thereafter, mum Jenny went ballistic with happiness, seemingly at the great performance of her daughter, before a sharp eyed individual in the crowd saw she was watching England's Rugby World Cup victory on her phone!!!


U11 Boys showed good form in the opening and closing phases of their match against Hadley Rangers at The Hive. In the shadow of the Barnet FC stadium, the boys fought well for long periods but, were unable to find the net on this occasion. Callum picked up MoM with a spirited and vocal performance.


In White Division action, our U16 Boys put on an excellent performance at St. Albans City East, narrowly missing out on the draw in an action packed 3-2 reverse. Da-Silva & Mokonnen provided fine finishes for the team's goals, with Blunt putting on a clinic during a MoM display.

The Word in the Wood #16

Posted on 19th October, 2019
Our U15 girls are really leading the club on the pitch just now and produced a thumping 0-4 result at Herts Girls today to go top of their division. In Swain, they have one of the League's most prolific and in-form strikers, and she helped herself to another four beautiful goals, taking her season total to a bewildering 18 in just 7 games! This is striking at its highest level and we are very glad she signed that 35 year contract with us now!
To perform to this level, a player needs constant supply from her team-mates and today, huge credit goes to Hopwood, Cansdale & Murray in particular, who all enjoyed excellent games, as did Embleton, securing PoM with a typically proficient display.
The perfect performance was rounded off with yet another clean sheet, showing the team's mean defence is continuing to keep 'em out! The girls enjoy a well earned rest next weekend before facing Cup action the week after.


After booting last week's horrid little bug into touch, our U9 Girls roared back into action today, scoring two little beauties against Welywn Pegasus. Wood dynamo Lois capped a lung-busting display with two super finishes, gaining PoM in the process. Lois led by example and showed all her team-mates, and in fact, all players at the club, that above all else, when you play football, you've got to put a shift in!


Today's scheduled opposition for our U16 Girls' pulled out earlier in the week and they'll now kick off their League campaign next weekend, away against Bishops Stortford. The girls have been placed in Division 1 and the season won't be easy, however, playing better teams and players ultimately improves you, so, win, lose or draw, we know the girls will give it their all, as they've always done. You just can't ask for any more.


U9 Boys carried on their excellent form with another great performance today. Manager Bruce was thrilled with the boys' attitude and technical play as they thumped in another four lovely goals against Turnstyles. Luis and Bailey both found the net with fantastic strikes that whistled through the air and top-scorer Dragos helped himself to another two, capping a remarkable display and MoM performance.


After being promoted into the Green Division at the start of the season, our U11 Boys are acclimatising to the increased physical and technical demands of the higher standard as well as the nous and savviness of their opponents. It's a big challenge for the boys but, given time and hard work, they'll get there. Today, a fine corner from Callum was converted expertly by Henry at the back post, making him top scorer for the team thus far. MoM went to Luke, who kept going throughout and was challenging, tackling and looking to find a team-mate whenever he had the ball.


U16 Boys faced tough opposition in the League Cup, showing resolve and fight before going out to Harvesters South.

The Word in the Wood #15

Posted on 12th October, 2019

With our U9s laid low with a horrid bug and a free week for our U16s, it was left to our U15s to represent the Wood's girls on the pitch this match-day; they didn't disappoint!


Facing a difficult Watford Ladies outfit in the Herts County Cup, and captained by the impressive Murray, the girls flew out the blocks with braces for the deadliest duo in world football just now, Coque and Swain, taking their goal-scoring feats this season to 7 and 14 respectively. In between copious glugs of hot coffee and cavernous bites of bacon roll from the tea-hut, our on site reporter described the performance as 'bliiiissssteringggggg' and with the result secured at 4-1 with PoM being shared between the cat-like Manning and the redoubtable Weston, everyone was in total agreement! With manager Tim coordinating it all from the sideline, the girls are making us prouder every game and we can't wait for them to lace up their boots next week.


U16 Boys put on a much improved performance against Croxley, narrowly losing 1-2. Zekarias finished smartly to score his first for the club, with MoM going to Da Silva, whose positive atttitude and desire to compete saw him have an outstanding match.


In foul weather and on heavy pitches our U9 & U11 Boys fared a little differently today. U9 Boys were in tip top form, crashing four beautiful goals in between the sticks, with the excellent Leo bagging a superbly crafted brace and Dragos and Bailey helping themselves to a goal each. Fantastic display from the team with the very lively Aiden securing MoM.


U11 Boys, however, were unable to find the inspiration they needed against a good Bushey Rangers side. The boys can usually be relied upon to put in a good shift but, mojo's disappeared today and the team struggled to compete and pass, though Kai bucked the trend with a super performance on the left wing, scooping himself the MoM award. In truth though, all minds were very much on Wood legend and goal-scoring machine, El-Roi, performing in his last game for the club today. El and family are leaving the county and received a rousing send-off after giving everything for the team over the years. We wish them all the very best of luck and thank them for their unstinting support.