A disappointing Evo-Stik Southern League Division One Central season came to an end for Northwood this afternoon, when they drew 1-1 with AFC Dunstable at Chestnut Avenue.
The visitors went into the game knowing that only a victory would maintain their hopes of a play-off place in their first season at this level. But Louis Bircham fired the Woods ahead from 15 yards on 38 minutes, before Dunstable levelled the scores midway through the second period. So Mark Burgess' side took a point to end the campaign, although that made it an incredible sixteen matches without a victory, which represents the worst ever run in the club's history. Sometimes it is a relief when a season comes to an end!
22 April 2017
The Woods slumped to another Evo-Stik Southern League Division One Central defeat this afternoon, away to old Middlesex rivals Hanwell Town, who ran out 2-0 winners with a goal in each half.
But elsewhere, Histon were also beaten, at home to Bedford Town, so with one round of fixtures remaining, it was confirmed that the Cambridgeshire outfit will take the second relegation position. Commiserations to Histon, who had a strong second half to the season - the mirror opposite of Northwood - but they will drop out of the league; remarkably, it was only eight years ago that they beat Leeds United in the FA Cup and finished third in the Conference.
As for the Woods, results have been nothing short of disastrous since December, with just one win in 2017, representing one of the worst runs in the club's history. Supporters, management and club officials will be looking for a vast improvement in 2017-18; victory in the final match of the campaign, at home to AFC Dunstable on Saturday, would be a start.
17 April 2017
The Woods' desperate end to the Evo-Stik Southern League season continued this afternoon when they went down to a goal in each half against Marlow at Chestnut Avenue in a Division One Central fixture.
Urgently seeking the points that would see them move clear of the relegation zone, Northwood were unfortunate to lose recent signing striker Jackson Hall to injury after just nine minutes. Two minutes later they went behind, and were thankful to keeper Borja Loeches-Teixeira who then made a penalty save to keep the deficit to one goal at the break.
But Marlow wrapped up the points on 76 minutes when Nathan Poulton made the most of a free header to score. Woods' rivals at the foot of the table, Histon, also lost today, so Northwood go into the final two fixtures four points ahead of the Cambridgeshire outfit - so one victory would secure Southern League football for another year...
The match report and photos are here. The full colour matchday programme, both printed and electronic, can still be ordered online from our publications section.
15 April 2017
It’s been a difficult season for the Northwood Under 18s in the Ryman Youth League, following a change of manager and subsequent departure of players a month or so into the campaign. Great credit to the replacement management team of Richard Elderfield, Mark Fox and Dave Fox that they have kept the team going despite the long run of defeats.
But last night, the young Woods finally managed to win their first match of the season, defeating Bedfont Sports 2-1 at Chestnut Avenue. It was goalless at half-time, but Bedfont took lead on 51 minutes. Louis Jacub, who only started due to injury in the warm-up to Alex Pereira, levelled just a minute later before substitute Michael Harp scored the winner after 75 minutes.
Northwood’s line-up was: James Reilly, Daniel Cresswell, Connor Maher, James Costello-Munday, Louis Jacub, Ben Defaux, Femi Azeez, Anthony Dengo, Jay Webster (Michael Harp), Mark Carvalho, David Nyembwe. Sub. Alex Pereira. Only skipper Costello-Munday is 17, and there were three 15 year olds in the starting line-up, whilst the other eight players who played a part are all 16, whilst Pereira is also a 15-year-old.
The squad will hopefully build on this season’s experiences, and will build up that next time around when they will be a year old and stronger. But for now, we congratulate them all on getting that first victory last night!
14 April 2017
A battling Northwood side took a point from a goal-less draw at Beaconsfield Sycob this afternoon as they continued their struggle to avoid the Evo-Stik Southern League Division One Central drop zone.
Much of the game developed into an engrossing midfield battle, whilst both keepers made good saves to prevent any breakthrough. But with Histon beating Uxbridge whilst Aylesbury won at Arlesey, Mark Burgess' team really need to pick up three points from at least one of their remaining three fixtures. The match report and photos are here.
Woods Under 21s drew 2-2 with Farnham Town in a Suburban League fixture at Chestnut Avenue, Jordan Payne and debutant Andy Michel finding the net.
8 April 2017
Northwood Youth are looking to add to their existing teams and players for next season.
From this season our youth section started playing at the prestigious Merchant Taylor’s School in Northwood on their fantastic pitches and using their excellent astro facilities for training.
At Northwood you can expect qualified coaches, 1st aiders, a safe-guarded extended coaching team as well as being DBS checked. In addition we also have development coaches across the club targeted to get the best out of our players and helping their development.
6 April 2017
After building a successful Under 16's team this season, the club are planning to do so again for the 2017/18 campaign. This time last year we received a great response to our recruitment campaign, and the results were exceptional.
Our current Under 16's teams are both having excellent seasons, with the newly-formed red team winning the league and our white team still looking good to win their league also.
For their development and transition from Under 16's we have a system in place to support the progression into our senior set up, with 80% of our U18’s Ryman Youth, 70% of our Reserves and 15% of our 1st team being home grown.
6 April 2017
The 2017 Northwood FC Grand Draw was made after the match during Saturday's successful Community Day, and the Big First Prize of £500.00 cash was won by the Club's rather delighted volunteer Kitchen Manager Mukesh with ticket number 2040.
There was a whole host of other prizes drawn and the winners were:
Mick Riley, Debbie (U-14s), Andy & Bolton from the day's visitors Royston, Eleanor (U-14s), Bennett (U-14s), Stuart Playle (Under-21s), Julia Brooks, Gregory, Reece Harvey, Pauline Lawson, John Swan, D Boardman, Amy Ryan, Nicola Constable, Patsy Harris, Roge Moore, Marcell Hall, Raggan Headworth (U-13s), Lisa Hunjan, Prem (U-7s Whites), Paul Byrne, Jim Gray, Casali, Keen, James Turner (U-11s Whites) and Lyndsey Dunn (U-7s Reds).
If anyone didn't claim their prize on the day, they can do so by visiting the club over the next few weeks. Those who gave mobile numbers have already been informed.
Our thanks to everyone who sold tickets for the Grand Draw this year and to everyone who bought one. Many thanks to Sarah for selling plenty on the day.
3 April 2017
There was an excellent turn-out at Chestnut Avenue this afternoon for the annual Northwood FC Community Day. A crowd of 372 turned out to support the Woods as they took on Evo-Stik Southern League Division One Central champions-elect Royston Town. Unfortunately, the North Herts outfit hadn't read the script, as they ran out comfortable 4-0 winners.
But the day had started very well with an excellent Under 6s Festival of Football tournament, with various other events taking place during the day including the 2017 Grand Draw, for which the lucky first prize winner took away £500. Thanks to everyone who came along to support the club today!
Two goals in each half enabled Royston to take the points they needed to move closer to clinching the league title, but they must wait at least until their next game before claiming their crown, as nearest rivals Farnborough also won today. The match report and photos are here.
1 April 2017