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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.


The Word in the Wood #14

Posted on 5th October, 2019
Our U9 andU11 boys were up against top quality opposition this match day, and both squads produced very encouraging displays indeed. After conceding a goal or two, it's easy to cave-in, with good opposition taking advantage of space and a lack of concentration to score heavily. So pleasing then for both teams to respond in adversity and see out the vast majority of their second halves threatening in offence and keeping things very tight at the back.


For the U9s, Bailey and Lewis were like terriers throughout, harrying the opposition then showing excellent technical skills when in possession. Leo showed good awareness in the box to secure himself a gorgeous goal while keeper Charlie leapt like a Borehamwood salmon to keep out certain goals. At the back, Audley deservedly secured himself MoM with a most mature display, showing good decision making skills and grit in the tackle.


U11s were led throughout by the tenacious and ceaseless Charlie, who played an outstanding match from start to finish. This boy's work ethic is second to none and a great example to his team-mates, who responded in kind, with sterling displays from Callum, Daniel, Alfie & Riley in particular. MoM, however, went to Max, who's brilliant start to his Wood career continues, with a keeping display of the very highest order.


Our U16s took on a tough challenge away to Croxley. Nova finished smartly to record his second goal of the season, while MoM went to the industrious Hague, who provided wholehearted commitment and technical ability, throughout the entire match.


Now that the new format of pre-season matches are out the way, our U16 & U15 girls played their first competitive matches of the season, with League Cup ties against Welwyn Pegasus and Garston Ladies Pumas respectively.


U16s showed every bit of the indomitable spirit they are famed for, coming from behind to claim an excellent 2-1 victory. Veteran Woodette Young struck a wonderful long range effort that dipped over the keeper and under the bar to level the scores before chasing down the same player straight after, forcing a mistake and slamming the ball into the empty net. Vintage play and richly deserving of PoM. However, this was very much a team effort and special mentions must go to Webb, Fernandez & Hyman for showing tremendous tenacity and desire to see the team over the line.


U15s produced another fine display, running home comfortable 0-6 winners to safely reach the next round. The free-scoring Swain grabbed a brace, taking her personal goal tally this season to a mind-boggling 12 in 6 games! Weaving dribbling skills secured the first of these, with the sharp-thinking Hopwood supplying a defence splitting pass for her second. The equally impressive Embleton bagged a couple herself robbing the opposition players of the ball then doubling their agony with ice cold finishes. In between, the game saw a composed finish from the talented Rodrigues and a first ever goal from Wood maestro De Maeijer, lashing in a Swain cross to deafening roars from the travelling support. Despite these goalscoring heroics, PoM rightly went to Stratton who produced yet another energetic and top quality display.


For the second time in recent weeks, our U9 Girls faced tough and seasoned opposition against Adelaide Southgate. The terraces were full for this one and the massed crowds in attendance were simply delighted to see the girls playing such beautiful football so early in their playing careers. Mya, enjoying an amazing first season, curled in a stunning right to left cross-shot for the team's first, the keeper barely moving as it flew into the net. This was followed up by the technically gifted Lois, who opened her goal-scoring account for the club, slamming in a blistering shot and securing PoM with a wonderful performance. A special mention to young Ella too, who tackled and fought ceaselessly, and made a huge contribution to the team's excellent display. With the girls welcoming a new team mate in Theaya, things are looking very rosy indeed.

The Word in the Wood #13

Posted on 28th September, 2019

On Match Day 4 and after a perfect start to the season, our U15 Girls came up against an experienced and gifted Harvesters side. After the mid-week, late night celebrations at Meadow Park with Arsenal Women, the girls were understandably just a little jaded and the opposition took advantage to secure a comfortable victory. The consistently excellent Manning and Embleton jointly securing PoM. After playing last season at Div 3, the girls are still 5th out of 26 teams in the U15 pre-season league and punching way above their previous weight. We are very proud of them and don't bet against them getting back to winning ways next week against Garston Pumas in the cup.


U9 Girls continued their excellent scoring form against Meninas. Some of the team made it to Arsenal in the week - despite it being way past their bed-time! - and, clearly inspired by what she saw, young Hazel banged in a tremendous goal to keep her recent good form going, securing PoM in the process too. At the other end, Emily got out the bricks and mortar, building an impenetrable wall to frustrate the Meninas attacks second half; a fantastic effort from her. The club was also delighted to see débutante Lois make such a brilliant start to her football career at the Wood. This is a star in the making and she enjoyed a fantastic match. To see the team progressing so quickly and to think they hadn't kicked a ball until a few months back, makes us very proud of them all.


In WFL action, U11 Boys were in excellent form against tricky opposition from Alexandra Park. The team scored two tremendous goals with midfield duo Alfie and Luke supplying precision passes for both Henry and Riley to finish quite sumptuously. At the other end, in a rare sharing of the MoM award, Bentley and Daniel enjoyed very solid games putting in faultless defensive displays. Interviewed after the game by Sky Sports, team coach Marcus was quoted "as being delighted with the boys attitude and desire" before quickly heading home for a rather large roast dinner or two!


U9 Boys were watched at training by your blog author earlier in the week, massively impressing with their enthusiasm and no shortage of excellent technical skills too. Manager Bruce is forming an excellent side and it was no surprise to learn the boys secured yet another brace of goals against Hinton & Finchley. Wood stalwart Dragos was in top form again, twice finishing team moves with aplomb. However, MoM this week went to Leo, whose game is constantly improving and who provided a wonderful performance for the team.


Our U16 Boys were unlucky not to secure their first result of the season against second placed HMH Galaxy. The boys worked hard and scored an excellent goal with the marauding Ogidih skinning his opponent before lashing across goal. Uncertainty from the opposition keeper was well anticipated by the on-rushing Tillcock, who blasted the ball into the net. The next two weeks see them face Croxley Green away and home and expect the lads to starting picking up points soon as they continue to improve.

The Word in the Wood #12

Posted on 21st September, 2019

Match day 3 in the HGFPL took place on a quite glorious Autumn day, with our girls' football matching the weather.

The U9s played a slick Garston Ladies side and performed admirably in the sweltering heat against what was a big, experienced squad. All the girls battled hard throughout with pocket rocket Hazel giving the Duracell bunny a run for its money with a lung busting display! PoM went to Mya who is enjoying a fine season and put in yet another excellent performance.

The U15s were in sparkling form continuing their perfect start to the season with win number three away to Herts Girls. The team is raising its game each week and four stunning finishes from Swain - the League's top scorer - and another from Coque - who herself has a goal a game this season - secured a resounding 0-5 victory. At the other end, Manning was again in fine form making a feline leap to save a penalty kick, while Weston secured PoM with a combative, high energy performance. The team sits atop 26 others just now which is a huge achievement already.

After some disappointment last week, the U16s put in a vastly improved performance against St. Albans Ladies. Though the result evaded them, the girls were so much more focused and put in very much greater effort that saw them stay competitive throughout and score two goals for the first time this season. The marauding McLaughlin showed great determination to force home from an acute angle while Makamian curled a free kick into the top bag to cap of a PoM performance.

U11 Boys faced a tough assignment away from home at London Colney Panthers. However, the boys produced some of their best football and scored a high quality goal when El-Roi made space and raced through on goal. His vicious shot was saved well by the keeper, but, excellent follow up play from Kai led to Henry dispatching a clinical finish into the back of the net. Alfie and Charlie enjoyed strong performances in midfield with the latter securing MoM, adding a much improved passing range to his usual tenacity and grit.