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.