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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.

 

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.

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?