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It's a point apiece against Ware

Despite ending with ten men for the second time in a week, the Woods took a point from a 1-1 Bostik League draw at Northwood Park against Ware this afternoon.

And it was a game of two penalties conceded, the first of which was saved by Luke Sheldrick just before half-time after Northwood had taken a 37th minute lead through James Ewington.

Fielding three debutants, the Woods had to come back from a 2-1 deficit after Ware went ahead in the second half through Ben Hart and a Junior Brown penalty, but they did so with real spirit and determination after Emmanuel Melford-Rowe saw the second of two yellows. The leveller came on 85 minutes when Kweku Conrad-Lucan set up Ewington to fire home from close range. The report and photos are here; the highlights are on WoodsTV here.

Sam Tring was presented with the Active IT Man of the match award, whilst James Ewington has been voted Player of the Month for September. Congratulations to both players!

29 September 2018

Four new signings for Northwood

Manager Dean Barker has added to his squad by making four signings today, whilst Jorome Slew returned to Wealdstone at the conclusion of his loan period and Wilson Chingoka moved to Bostik Premier side Lewes.

Midfielder Zaied Sabti joined from Harrow Borough, having scored 31 goals for Wembley last season, and fellow midfielder Stefan Powell signed on dual registration with Beaconsfield Town. Also, striker Alex Morgan joined from Boreham Wood, where he has played first team football, and defender Dan Newton moved from Barton Rovers; all four players are expected to be in the squad to face Ware tomorrow.

28 September 2018

Get with the programme on Saturday!!

The Woods matchday programme is back for Saturday's Bostik League game against Ware, and features midfield man Cameron Ferguson on the cover.

Inside this weekend's issue is the first of hopefully a series of player interviews by Head of Media Craig Whitehead, this time with skipper Carl Pearce.  Also in the programme are columns from manager Dean Barker and local journalist Matt Ford.

Add to that Alan Evans' Club Matters, a review of what's happening around the pyramid, match reports and photos, a visitors' review and plenty of historic content, it's an issue you won't want to miss! Costing just £2.50, the Woods matchday programme will be on sale in the clubhouse and at the turnstiles on Saturday.

26 September 2018

Woods crash in second half

It was a rare midweek Bostik League fixture for the Woods this evening, but not rare enough for Northwood, as they crashed to a 0-6 defeat away to Hayes & Yeading United.

The first half was fairly even and the home side led by an unfortunate own goal at the interval. But a second yellow card for Sam Tring seven minutes after the restart was heavily punished as Hayes took full advantage, rattling in five more goals - one of which was another own goal. Definitely one to be quickly forgotten! The match report and photo are here.

25 September 2018

Pauline Angold RIP

The club sadly has to announce that Pauline Angold, wife of Youth Secretary Jason, passed away in the early hours of Friday 14th September, on her 44th birthday, following a long and  brave battle with illness.

Pauline’s funeral will take place this Friday, 28th September, at West Herts Crematorium at 12.45 pm and then for refreshments afterwards at Northwood Football Club.

On behalf of us all at the club, we send on our sincere condolences to Jason and their family and friends at this most difficult of times. May Pauline rest in peace. 

24 September 2018

Molesey are hit for six

Northwood romped to an impressive 6-1 Bostik League victory over Molesey at Chestnut Avenue this afternoon.

The win over the division's bottom-markers was the Woods' largest scoreline for almost exactly two years - they beat Histon 6-0 on 27 September 2016.

Matt Cooper gave the Woods an 11th minute lead when his 20 yard free-kick evaded everyone to find the net, and seven minutes later James Ewington netted the first goal of his first-half hat-trick, the further strikes coming on 31 and 40 minutes.

The visitors' cause wasn't helped by Manny Quarshie receiving the second of two yellow cards just before the break, but although Jorome Slew made it 5-0 on 56 minutes, Molesey pulled one back through Dylan Cascoe in the 71st minute. However, Northwood had the final say, skipper Carl Pearce heading home in the last minute. The match report and photos are here; post-match interviews with Dean Barker, Jorome Slew and Carl Pearce are live at WoodsTV.

22 September 2018

Get with the programme on Saturday!!

The Woods matchday programme is back for Saturday's Bostik League game against Molesey, and features on the cover one of the club's now longest-serving players, Hakim Nyariki.

Inside the weekend's issue are columns from manager Dean Barker, head coach Ben Andreos, physio Alice Rollinson, local journalist Matt Ford, as well as contributions from midfield man Wilson Chingoka and top scorer James Ewington!

Add to that Alan Evans' Club Matters, match reports and photos, a visitors' review and plenty of historic content, it's an issue you won't want to miss! Costing just £2.50, the Woods matchday programme will be on sale in the clubhouse and at the turnstiles on Saturday.

20 September 2018

Velocity Trophy win for the Woods

Northwood moved into the second round of the Velocity Trophy (aka Isthmian League Cup) with a good 2-0 victory against Bury Town at Northwood Park this evening.

The Woods were particularly impressive in the opening half-hour of the game, during which time they dominated and might have scored more than the 12th minute James Ewington strike that gave them a deserved lead. Bury forced their way more into the game as it progressed, but Ewington doubled the home side's advantage two minutes before the break with another classic James finish.

The second half was pretty even, with both keepers making decent saves, but there was no addition to the scoring. Woods will travel to Felixstowe & Walton United in the second round, after the Suffolk side knocked out AFC Sudbury on penalties. The match report is here.

18 September 2018

Young Woods bow out of FA Youth Cup

The Woods Under 18s were involved in an exciting FA Youth Cup tie at Colney Heath this evening, and there were a couple of early efforts for the Woods, James Bromley-Price having a shot pushed wide, Kyran Worrell firing just wide and then Jordan Coles shot straight at the keeper.

Woods ‘keeper Caolan Doyle made a good save from Harry Ronald, and then on 38 minutes James Bromley-Price fired the Woods ahead. Soon after, Connor Maher forced the home keeper into a double save.

The home side, who had won by a double-figures scoreline in the previous round, increased the pressure after the break, and they equalised on 78 minutes through Joe Newton; soon after Caolan Doyle kept Northwood level when he saved at the feet of Newton. So the game went into extra time, nine minutes into which a calm finish from Harry Shepherd put the home side ahead. The Woods were unable to find their way back into the tie, and Colney Heath progress to the next round.

Northwood: Caolan Doyle, Dan Cresswell (James Fitzgerald 63m), Kieran Ali, Ayo Fasanya, Callum Bedwell, Sam Netscher, Kyran Worrell (Joe Manning 41m), Jordan Coles, Ollie Lawford, James Bromley-Price (Dylan Young 70m), Connor Maher. Subs. Joel Smith.

17 September 2018

Northwood lose away to Bracknell

The Woods were back in Bostik League this afternoon, away to South Central leaders Bracknell Town. And they got off to the worst possible start, going behind in the first attack with just 40 seconds on the clock.

Northwood gradually recovered their composure and settled into the match, which developed into a fascinating encounter. It was, however, Bracknell who were next to score, seven minutes into the second period, when Adam Cornell - briefly a Woods player eleven years ago - hit a great strike into the top corner.

Woods did have some good chances to get back into the game, but it was two minutes into stoppage time when Luke Alfano crashed home a tremendous long-range strike, and Bracknell maintained their 100% record with their 2-1 victory. The match report and photos are here.

Northwood manager Dean Barker said afterwards: "It's no disgrace losing 2-1 to the 100% league leaders on their artificial pitch. We are creating opportunities to score, but need to tighten up defensively."

15 September 2018

Woods lose in Emirates FA Cup replay

Northwood went out of the Emirates FA Cup this evening, as they went down 3-1 at Kings Langley in their First Qualifying Round replay.

The Southern League Premier side took the lead after just five minutes, and were three up inside the opening half hour, after which it was always going to be an uphill battle for Dean Barker's side.

But the young Woods side came more into it after the break, and their hopes were raised when Miguel Lopez De Matos drove the ball home in the 50th minute. However, despite going close on a few occasions, Northwood were unable to add to their tally, so Kings Langley progress to the next round. The match report is here.

11 September 2018

Woods at home if....

The draw for the Second Qualifying Round of the Emirates FA Cup was made at lunchtime today, and if the Woods are successful in their replay at Kings Langley tomorrow evening, they will play at home to the winners of the Lewes v Farnborough re-match.

The sides drew 2-2 on Saturday, with Bostik Premier outfit Lewes twice leading and were twice pegged back by Farnborough, of the Evo-Stik South Premier. The teams replay at The Dripping Pan on Wednesday.

Not such an attractive draw, though, in the second round of the Velocity Trophy (League Cup)! The winners of next week's Northwood v Bury Town tie will play away to the either Felixstowe & Walton United or FC Sudbury.

10 September 2018

Ben Pattie strike wins Goal of the Round!!

Congratulations to Woods striker Ben Pattie, whose sensational 40-yard goal against Longlevens in the Emirates FA Cup Preliminary Round has been voted Goal of the Round!

Ben's goal collected 38% of the online vote; to see it again click here.

9 September 2018

Northwood draw in Emirates FA Cup

There was a very entertaining Emirates FA Cup tie at Chestnut Avenue this afternoon, but no goals as Northwood played a score-less draw against Kings Langley in their First Qualifying Round tie.

Both sides had chances, with the home side looking stronger as the game progressed, but neither club could manage the breakthough, though the woodwork saved the visitors in the second half.

The match report and photos will be online later. The replay is on Tuesday evening, at Gaywood Park, Hempstead Road, Kings Langley, Hertfordshire WD4 8BS, kick-off 7.45 p.m.

8 September 2018

Woods youngsters hit five in FA Youth Cup

Northwood’s Under 18s made a blistering start to this season’s FA Youth Cup campaign, scoring five times without reply in this evening’s Preliminary Round tie at Chestnut Avenue.

Kyran Worrell got the Woods off to a flying start when he put them ahead with just three minutes on the clock, and he added a second just before the interval whistle.

Skipper Connor Maher netted number three on 59 minutes, and within five minutes Femi Azeez slotted home the fourth goal. And just before the final whistle Ayo Fasanya made it 5-0, and a great night for the young Woods!

Northwood’s team was: Joel Smith, Dan Cresswell, Kieran Ali, Jamie Fulton, Callum Bedwell, Sam Netscher, Kyran Worrell, Jordan Coles, Connor Maher, Femi Azeez, Anton Augustine-Gayle. Subs. Ali Alanesi, Ayo Fasanya, James Fitzgerald, Ben Dufaux, Caolan Doyle.

Woods will now play away to Colney Heath in the next round in a fortnight’s time, the Herts side having hammered Ashford Town 16-0 in their tie.

6 September 2018

Club's 90th anniversary on Saturday

This Saturday, 8th September, marks the 90th anniversary of the club's first-ever competitive match.

There had been previous shortlived football clubs bearing the town's name, but our club was formed in 1926 though for the first two seasons played only friendly matches. Known at that time as Northwood United, the club were elected to Division Two of the Harrow & District League for 1928-29, playing at the new Northwood Playing Fields, which was adjacent to Haste Hill golf course, at the end of The Drive, Northwood.

Northwood United played their first-ever league match on Saturday 8th September 1928 at Pinner Green against Pinner Gas Works and were successful in gaining their first two points with a 2-0 victory, Dick Allen scoring both goals. The club finished fifth in their first season, and gained promotion to Division One a year later. The "United" suffix was dropped in 1946 when the club restarted after World War II.

5 September 2018

Waltham Abbey take the points with 2-0 win

Dean Barker's Northwood side slipped to a 2-0 defeat this afternoon at the hands of Waltham Abbey at Chestnut Avenue, as they went down to their second successive Bostik League defeat.

The experienced and physically strong Waltham Abbey side went ahead through Ronnie Winn in the 15th minute, and although there was a hint of offside, there was no flag from the linesman. The second goal came Charlie Stimson on 78 minutes, and although the Woods had a strong penalty appeal for handball, again the linesman's flag stayed firmly by his side. It was a tough game for Northwood, and one that Dean Barker will be looking for his side to learn from.

The match report and photos are here.

1 September 2018

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