Friendly defeat at Colney Heath for Northwood

With two weeks to go before the Pitching In Isthmian League campaign gets underway, the Woods went down 3-1 in a friendly at Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division outfit Colney Heath this afternoon.

Several triallists were included in the squad, and there was a senior debut for Under 18s forward Ben Crowder. Northwood's goal was a cracking 20-yard free-kick by Jack Smith, but that was as good as it got for Ben Bukowski's team.

The squad was: Andrew McCorkell (Matt Messer 46m), Teddy Stacey, Triallist A, Triallist B, Luke Tingey (Harry Gallagher 60m), Harry Gallagher (Triallist D 46m), Ben Crowder, Kofi Anokye Boadi, Triallist C (Triallist E 46m), Jack Smith (Carl Stewart 46m), Osaretin Otote (Triallist C 77m).

James Brown's photos are here.

29 July 2023

Three more new Northwood players sign up

Ben and Steve have announced three more additions to their playing squad, with midfielder Kofi Anokye Boadi, keeper Matt Messer and striker Curtis Brown strengthening Northwood’s ranks.

23 year old Kofi (pictured above right) is a dynamic midfielder who was with Crystal Palace and Barnet as a youngster, and had spells with Chipstead and Bedfont Sports last season.

Keeper Matt (centre), age 22, played over 25 games for Holmer Green last season, whilst Curtis (left) came to notice with goals for Step 6 Winslow United and continued progress with Aylesbury Vale and Risborough Rangers at Step 5 last season; he is a teenager who shows great promise.

We welcome all three players to Northwood, and look forward to them enjoying a successful time with us!

26 July 2023

3-3 draw at Earlsmead in promising friendly match

Only a 92nd minute penalty equaliser prevented Northwood from taking the honours in tonight's pre-season friendly at Earlsmead against Harrow Borough. The home side scored early on, but Woods hit back with goals from Riccardo Alexander-Greenaway and Dan Williams, with the latter also netting number three in the second half.

Northwood's squad was: Andrew McCorkell (Matt Messer 46m), Teddy Stacey (Sam Jenkins 46m), Luke Brophy (Triallist C 46m), Carl Stewart, Triallist A (Triallist B 31m), Harry Gallagher (Triallist A 60m), Oseretin Otote (Triallist E 60m), Riccardo Alexander-Greenaway, Dan Williams (Triallist D 60m), Jack Smith (Triallsit F 60m), Godlove Oppong (Kofi Anokye-Boadi 58m)

Photos from James Brown are here.

25 July 2023

Luke Brophy and Godlove Oppong join the Woods

Two new signings to bring you today, with Luke Brophy and Godlove Oppong joining the club!!

Left back Luke Brophy moved from Hayes & Yeading, having had loan spells with Westfield and Binfield last season.

Teenager Godlove Oppong is a striker who shows great potential, having scored plenty of goals for Tring Athletic over the last two seasons, and we have real hopes for him.

We welcome both players to Northwood, and hope they have a successful time with us!

24 July 2023

Woods delighted many of squad have re-signed for new season

The Woods management and coaching team are delighted that many of the squad which finished last season have re-signed for the club for the upcoming Pitching In Isthmian League campaign.

Last season’s captain and Managers’ Player of the Year Luke Tingey will wear the red shirt again, as will keeper, Players’ Player Of The Year, Andrew McCorkell, midfielders Carl Stewart, Jack Smith and Teddy Stacey, forward Dan Williams and defenders Romario Jonas, Sam Jenkins, Harry Gallagher – winner of Goal of the Season – and midfield man Riccardo Alexander-Greenaway.

Andy Lomas retired from playing at the end of last season, whilst regulars who have moved on over the summer are Josh Helmore, who joined Arlesey Town, Bracknell-bound James Gurteen and Micah Jackson – we wish them all the best in the future!

23 July 2023

Northwood management & coaching team confirmed

The club are delighted to confirm that Director of Football Steve Ringrose will continue in his role in the new season, along with Manager Ben Bukowski and Assistant Manager Keagan Cole.

All three have had a major impact on the club over the past 20 months, and they have now added former Ickenham FC duo Jacob Cook and Dennis Quigley to the coaching team. We welcome Jacob and Dennis to the Woods, and look forward to a successful campaign!

23 July 2023

Welwyn Garden City are beaten 2-1 in friendly

Another very wet Saturday, another pre-season friendly for Northwood today as they defeated fellow step four outfit Welwyn Garden City of the Pitching In Southern League Central Division One 2-1 in a game which took place on neutral territory at the Middlesex FA ground.

Kofi Anokye-Boadi and Dan Williams were on target for the Woods.

22 July 2023

Woods defeat Broadfields United 4-1in friendly

Despite going a goal down, Northwood hit back in pre-season friendly number four this evening, defeating Broadfields United of the Combined Counties League Premier Division North 4-1. Woods' scorers were Osaretin Otote 2, Jack Smith and Riccardo Alexander-Greenaway

James Brown's photos from the game are here

18 July 2023

Northwood win friendly on Everett Rovers' new 3G pitch

The Woods continue their pre-season preparations with a 8-1 friendly victory this afternoon away to Everett Rovers in rain that was regularly torential amongst the sunny showers.

The game marked the official opening of new Herts County League outfit Everett's new 3G playing surface, and our club were delighted to help in this way. Northwood's scorers were: Osaretin Otote, Harry Gallagher 2, Riccardo Alexander-Greenaway (penalty), Jaden Newman, Kofi Anokye-Boadi, Carl Stewart (penalty) and Godlove Oppong.

James Brown's match photos are here.

15 July 2023

Northwood start Isthmian season home to Corinthian-Casuals

The Pitching-In Isthmian League fixtures for 2023-24 were released today, and Northwood start with a home fixture against Corinthian Casuals on Saturday 12th August, but with an odd number of clubs in the division, the following league Saturday is a blank one for the Woods.

We then entertain Binfield on Bank Holiday Monday, 29th August, before playing September games at Hanworth Villa and Leatherhead.

Northwood's play at home to Southall and Hanworth Villa over the Christmas period, and wrap up the campaign at home to Ascot United on Saturday 27th April. Check out the full fixture list.

13 July 2023

Northwood win friendly against Cockfosters

The Woods played the second friendly of their pre-season campaign this evening against Cockfosters at Town Mead 3G in Waltham Abbey.

The Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division led at the interval, but two goals after the break gave Northwood a 2-1 victory as the squad got more minutes into their legs. Godlove Oppong and Curtis Brown netted Northwood's goals.

11 July 2023

21 teams in Isthmian South Central this season

The Pitching Isthmian League South Central will have 21 clubs in the upcoming 2023-24 season, following Marlow's recent successful appeal against being moved to the Southern League, which would have added to their travel distances.

Check here the opposing clubs that the Woods will face in the new league campaign, and where they all play their home games - with Southall having moved back to play at Burnham this season.

8 July 2023

Woods lose 1-0 in pre-season opener at Wembley

Following several pre-season training sessions, this afternoon Ben and Steve took a squad to play against Wembley FC in the first warm-up match of the new campaign.

The Combined Counties League Premier Division North outfit edged the game with a 1-0 victory, the goal coming midway through the first half.

James Brown was back in action with his camera, and here are his shots.

8 July 2023

FA competitions draws are out!

As the build-up to the new season continues, the draws for the early rounds of the Football Association competitions were released today - and in the Emirates FA Cup Preliminary Round the Woods have been drawn away to Buckhurst Hill or Brantham Athletic - so, new opponents for Northwood - on Saturday 19th August.

Northwood are also drawn away In the First Qualifying Round of the FA Trophy, travelling to Ramsgate on Saturday 9th September, with the winners playing at home to Uxbridge or Sevenoaks Town in the next round

And in the FA Youth Cup, Ryan Young's side play at home to Tring Athletic in a Preliminary Round tie, the winners being away to Penn & Tylers Green or Kings Langley.

7 July 2023

Sydney Ibie returns with the Daggers in pre-season

The return of Sydney Ibie with his Dagenham & Redbridge side is the highlight of the Woods’ pre-season schedule, when the National League club visit Northwood Park on Tuesday 1st August. Northwood’s other home friendly is against Isthmian Premier outfit Kingstonian on Saturday 5th August.

The other fixtures arranged are: Saturday 8th July v Wembley (away), Saturday 15th v Everett Rovers (away), Tuesday 18th v Broadfields United (away), Saturday 22nd v Welwyn Garden City (Middlesex FA, Northolt), Tuesday 25th v Harrow Borough (away), Saturday 29th v Colney Heath (away).

4 July 2023

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