20/21 The Word in the Wood #14

Posted on 24th April, 2021

The Wood's boys put in three amazing performances on what proved to be a vintage day for the club.


Kicking off proceedings were our U10s, a smashing group of boys improving week by week. The Wood started with excellent passing, the lively Shreyank scoring a blistering goal after just 30 seconds! He then shared goalkeeping duties with Aidan, with both boys in top form and making several unbelievable saves.


Luis and Audley were causing the opposition all sorts of problems, as did Bailey, securing MoM with a rasping strike for the Wood's second goal. Aiden continued his good form outfield with Matei in defence, while Cristian and Klawdjo ran the wings ceaselessly.
Not to be forgotten, William and Yue enjoyed excellent performances through the middle and the team now head into next week's fixture feeling confident, sharp and loving their football.



Our U11s have been free-scoring this season and faced a talented Borehamwood Youth side in a massive derby game at Lyndhurst.


The boys were at it from the off, weaving mesmerizing passing plays that wowed the loyal Wood support. Joel certainly had his Weetabix as he pounced to score four splendid goals, while Zain & Leon drilled in one a piece, the latter deservedly picking up MoM after producing some typically flamboyant and spectacular skills on the day.


When the new season starts in September, these talented boys will be moving to competitive football and one suspects they will be having a very good time of it? Well done!

Finally, our U12s faced a crunch double header against title contenders Harrow Stars, a side having scored an incredible 85 goals in just 12 matches prior to today.


Against such attacking riches, the boys knew focus, a brisk start and a tight press would be vital to secure a foothold and went about their business in superb style, taking the game to their opponents with vigour and securing a quick free kick 25 yards out. To the disbelief of the watching hordes, Makamian strolled up to the ball and struck the top corner with a stunning shot, reminiscent of Gazza in the '91 FA Cup semi final.


This galvanised the boys further and they played with such desire, Hones and Manning running the soles off their boots in the process. However, as one might expect, Stars' quality saw them take a 2-1 lead with just five minutes of the game remaining. Cue Reed who struck another Wood free kick quite astonishingly, this time from 30 yards, which cannoned of the cross bar before the onrushing McGuinness crashed in the rebound.


Great joy enveloped the team but, MoM Song was not content with a draw and the ball fairly sung as he produced a blistering dribble before feeding Crucefix, who buried the ball unerringly and superbly for a historic 2-3 Wood win!


The second match proceeded much as the first with Montgomery, Hobbs, Ifeacho & Pop in outstanding form and Marshall producing a world class save to keep the score even. Stars continued to counter though and took the lead before Makamian was heavily fouled in the box, with the ice cool Crucefix dispatching the resulting penalty to hearty applause from the Wood faithful.


With just five minutes of the match remaining, Stars' players were inexplicably ordered from the pitch and both this and the unsavoury behaviour of adults that should've been setting an example are now the subject of a League investigation.


A really unwelcome end to a glorious occassion but, the Wood's boys and staff represented the club with pride and dignity throughout and can be so proud of themselves and their conduct. Amongst this feeling of pride, however, the boys thoughts were very much with team-mates George & Malcolm, George unable to play due to a freak injury the previous night and Malcolm who was in great form today before being forced to attend hospital with a suspected fractured wrist after suffering a very heavy challenge. Chin up young fellas and we look forward to having you back very soon.




Our U18 Girls were in good form in their latest mini-league fixture against Harpenden Colts at Pursley today.


The team started fast with Joseph making flying runs down the wing and Young just failing to register after much good work. In defence, the Wood were tight with keeper Hyman again excellent in her reading of the game.


The girls scored an excellent goal to take the lead when Joseph whipped in a fierce cross that was met beautifully by the onrushing Embleton, who fired into the top bag with style. The team continued to perform well with Trainis proving effective with simple, accurate passing in midfield.


Second half saw a big drop in energy and focus from too many of the squad and Harpenden profited with two quick goals to take a lead they never relinquished. However, the Wood had many chances to score with Knight just drilling wide on one such occasion and Young, Jospeh & Coque working really good chances for themselves before striking tamely, when piledriver strength was ideally required!


There were many superb performances on the day, with Branigan quite outstanding at centre back and both Murray and Turner equally dominant at right and left back respectively. However, Embleton secured PoM after showing boundless energy & drive throughout the match, on the ball and off it too. Take a bow, young lady.



Our amazing U10 Girls have had an excellent season thus far, rapidly learning and developing their skills every passing week. Today, they faced a physically imposing and strong Chorleywood side away and gained further invaluable experience in the process.


After a somewhat tentative start, the girls rallied superbly with Captain Lois driving forward and PoM Lucy controlling the game and scoring a stunning solo effort, picking up the ball in midfield, beating players and running half the pitch before slotting home impressively.

In goal, Emily was in determined mood, pulling off countless fine saves while Mya and Ella formed a redoubtable defensive partnership at the back. Florence and Lottie battled hard in midfield throughout.


A good effort from the girls who never once gave up and that, my friends, is what it is all about. The club is very proud of them all indeed.