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Youth Reports 2015-16

11 October 2015


Sandridge Rovers 3  Northwood U18 Black 2 (League - White Division)

This was the first defeat of the season for the Woods, with a disappointing result at Sandridge Rovers. They started well, with some flowing moves. One move down the left, with some good inter passing involving Ed Rogers and James Carson-O'Neill, resulted in a cross that Benjy Harta coolly turning into the back of the net. A good start for the Woods, but the team seemed to relax too much which resulted in them conceded the middle of the park to the home team.

The home team scored two goals from set pieces, which meant Northwood were on the back foot. A couple of injuries didn't help the Woods' cause, as the home team continued to dominate the middle of the park.
2-1 down at half time, the Woods needed to step up their game in the second half. With the injured centre back Dan Linfield now playing in goal, the visitors had to reorganise. Thomas West was moved up to provide some solidity and energy into the midfield. Thomas did all that was asked of him as the Woods started to look more dangerous, and more than capable of levelling the scores. The energy and enthusiasm that Thomas brought to the midfield earned him the Man of the Match award.

Making his Northwood debut Mateus Costa, playing as striker, was able to create a few goal scoring opportunities, before Jamie Costello-Munday equalised for the Woods. The lead could have been extended when Mateus beat the goalie only to see his shot come back off the post.

The game seemed to be there for the taking, but Sandridge took the lead from a free kick just outside the box. Unfortunately, with his injury, Dan Linfield, who had already made a number of good saves, could not move fast enough to cover the perfectly placed free kick.

Brian Gibbor

Everett Rovers U14s Blue 4  Northwood Under 14s White 5

Northwood played a fantastic match today; they started well, scoring in the first half to lead 1-0 at half-time. Everett came out strongly in the second half and scored a very quick equaliser followed very shortly by a second to take the lead. Fortunately the team spirit came alive and Northwood battled back and scored two goals to go ahead once again.

The match was now 3-2 to Northwood, but Everett equalised again. Woods pressed forward and scored another two goals, which they thoroughly deserved.  Everett grabbed a late goal but it was not enough to affect the outcome, and Northwood won the match 5-4.

Goals were scored by Matthew Kerse, Toby May, William Giffin and Brian Kilala who got a brace. Man of the match was awarded to Toby May. Well done lads.

Jason Angold

Harvesters South 1  Northwood Under 12s Reds 6 

The best performance of the season so far saw Northwood Reds win 6-2 away from home. On a great pitch on a fine and dry morning, the boys started their first away game of the season very brightly. The pre-match brief of playing a passing game and to try to keep their shape was the challenge to the boys, and from the first minute they accepted it and played really well. The first goal was started from the back with a great defence splitting pass for Declan to run through and finish well to get his first of the season. Not to be out done, Callum also latched onto another great pass to get his first Northwood goal: 0-2.

Even though the game was going our way, Harvesters were causing a few problems for the boys and from a corner after some Harvesters pressure, one of the Harvesters defenders popped up unmarked and headed in from 5 yards 1-2. Shortly after another period of Northwood pressure, Harvesters counter-attacked and with a great crossfield pass the Harvesters forward finished well to get the score back to 2-2. The coaching team decided to make the first change of the match and brought on Ashley, who had an immediate impact. He made a great run and even better finish the boys were back in front 2-3. Half time arrived shortly after the goal.

The message for the second half was to pretty much carry on playing with the same discipline, shape and spirit of the first half. The game was pretty much following the same pattern of the first, with Northwood having a lot of territory and possession, with the Woods defence limiting Harvesters to long-range efforts. Midway through the second half some good build-up play from a goal-kick saw Joshua put a great pin-point pass to Lewis Reid who ran & finished very well: 2-4 . Another good run from Joshua saw him have a shot from the edge of the penalty area that the Harvesters keeper saved well to only see Callum pop up and bundle in the rebound. Callum was not finished yet as he scored a third and his first ever hat-trick for Northwood to make the final score 2-6 to Northwood.

Since his introduction before half time Ashley had been doing everything that had been asked of him not only scoring with pretty much his first touch his work rate and passing was as good as it had ever been so well done to him for picking up player of the match this week. Well done to all the boys today they all played their part in a great away victory to a well-established White division team. Now we have to work on doing that every week.

Dave Blincko

Northwood Under 8 Reds v Bastian Academy

The Reds were back in action this week against a newly formed team Bastian Academy. Northwood started the game with a real intent with early goals from Alex, Tobi and Antonio. The Reds were not stopping there and really punished Bastian, who were way out of their depth against a strong Northwood team who were now firing on all cylinders.

Bastian Academy caught Northwood on a quick counter attack with their striker managing to squeeze the ball under the advancing Jordan Butcher sending their travelling supporters crazy. Kingston Hall rounded off the half with a hat trick leaving Bastian with next to no chance of a come back.

The second half continued in the same form as the first with Sam and Amaan getting their names on the score sheet. Goal keeper Jordan Butcher joined in the fun will a goal from the penalty spot. Kingston was re-introduced mid way through the second half and carried on his prolific form in from of goal with another three goals taking his total to six on the day. Further goals from Tobi and Antonio rounded off what was Northwood's best display in front of goal this season.

Goal scorers - Kingston (6) Tobi (3) Antonio (2) Sam (1) Amaan (1) Alexander (1) Jordan (1)

MOM - Kingston Hall: the Reds' goal machine was in fine form in front of goal, scoring a double hat-trick taking his total to 13 in 4 games. 

Jay Hall

Northwood Under 8 Whites v Whetstone Wanderers Tigers

Northwood Under 8s Whites hosted the Whetstone Wanderers Tigers for this Sunday’s 12:00 kick off.
The Tigers started the quickest by forcing two early corners; these were dealt with by the Woods’ defence.  A quick counter released Taylor to attack at the other end; his shot hit the post and was unlucky not to score.

Things continued in the same vein for the second quarter, Tigers having more attacking opportunities, but the Northwood defence holding firm.  Tommy pulled off two spectacular saves, and many more not so spectacular, but equally effective.  Tigers also had a free kick on the edge of the box, but this was dealt with by the Woods defence.

The Tigers got an early goal soon after kick-off for the second half.  But Northwood responded straight away and Arjun got through on goal, got a shot off but couldn’t find the back of the net. The ball ended up back in the Northwood penalty box and it was only some robust goalkeeping from Sam, backed up by Kieran in defence that stopped another goal.  Unfortunately that second Tigers goal came soon after.

The fourth quarter started and another early Tigers goal.  Again Northwood broke; forcing a free kick after Ishan was brought down and he was unlucky not to convert.  A bit of a mix-up in the Northwood defence resulted in another Tigers goal.  Northwood then had their best spell in front goal – Theo just shot wide; Sam managed to get round the Tigers goalie but couldn’t quite slot it home; Niam had a chance but couldn’t quite capitalise; Rishaan got a good cross in, but no one got on the end of it.

Unfortunately the game finished with another Tigers goal. The scoreline doesn’t reflect how competitive the game was. The difference was that Tigers took their chances whereas today, Northwood didn’t.  But he boys should be proud of themselves; heads didn’t go down and kept battling right until the end.

Steve Jones