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Woods' fine Bank Holiday weekend

Northwood got their Evo-Stik League South, East campaign up and running over the Bank Holiday weekend, as they collected six points from fixtures against Arlesey Town and Hayes & Yeading United.

Saturday saw a 3-1 win at Arlesey, where first half goals from Meshach Williams and debutant Mahlondo Martin gave Woods a 2-0 interval lead. The home side pulled one back, but Evans Kouassi's stoppage time goal made sure of the points. The report and photos are here.

And a good crowd turned out at Chestnut Avenue for the Monday local derby fixture against Hayes & Yeading. Northwood well deserved their 2-0 victory, the goals coming in the first half from Tommy Boxer and Evans Kouassi, and the Woods could so easily have added to their total. Boss Simon Lane was pleased with the weekend's efforts, commenting: "It was a great effort over this weekend; six points was a good return after some difficult challenges for my young team." The report and photos are here.

29 August 2017 




Late FA Cup blow for Northwood

A goal five minutes into stoppage time this afternoon ended Northwood's hopes of progressing in this season's Emirates FA Cup competition, as a 20-yarder saw Swindon Supermarine win the tie 1-0.

The game against the Evo-Stik League South, West outfit was fairly even throughout, with the Woods perhaps the stronger side in the second half. But they couldn't manage the breakthrough and it was the home club that moves into the First Qualifying Round. The match report and photos are here.

19 August 2017 




Late equaliser sees Woods share points with Moneyfields

A stoppage time leveller from Pat Adamson gave Northwood a deserved share of the Evo-Stik League South, East points with a 1-1 draw this evening against newly-promoted Moneyfields at Chestnut Avenue.

The Woods dominated the opening half hour, had a Harry Newman goal ruled out for offside and spurned several other chances to go ahead. They suffered a blow just before the interval when Newman was forced off with a head injury wihich later required stitches.

That enforced change disrupted Northwood's play, and the Portsmouth-based visitors got stronger, going ahead just past the hour mark with an excellent strike. But as the game became increasingly feisty, Simon Lane's side showed their spirit as they continued to push for an equaliser, even though there were reduced to ten men following the dismissal of Marcus Rose. And they were rewarded with Pat Adamson's long-range effort which took a deflection as it flew past the Moneys' keeper.

The match report is here.

15 August 2017 




Season starts with defeat at Hartley Wintney

A goal inside 45 seconds from newly-promoted Hartley Wintney this afternoon gave Simon Lane's new-look Northwood side the worst possible start to the new Evo-Stik League South season.

The new Woods boss gave debuts to ten players - the returning new skipper Brad Hewitt was the eleventh - and they took some time to settle after that early blow, with the hosts adding a second six minutes before the break.

Northwood improved in the second period, and enjoyed some good spells of play, but failed to find the goal that might have turned the game. The match report and photos are here, and Lane and his players now prepare for Tuesday evening's visit to Chestnut Avenue of Moneyfields.

12 August 2017 




Lane is ready for the big kick-off

Northwood manager Simon Lane took time out from his preparations for the new season to give his thoughts as we approach the new season. “Since joining the club, I have been heartened by the goodwill that has come my way, thank you!  I think there is an appreciation and realisation of just how big a task it is to replace pretty much a whole squad and start again. A brand new philosophy is also underway here and the players have bought into it wholeheartedly so far.

“On the whole I am delighted by the progress we have made. The volume of physical work has been immense; it was meticulously planned by myself and Jake Heracleous, my first team coach. Given the reality of the economics, in some instances we have had to be patient with the timing of our signings. I believe we have a fine crop of young players who are here for the right reasons, are lacking ego's and want to do well for this club. They can only improve and I think they will realise that Northwood is one of those clubs that gets under the skin of those who are in it – and this bodes well for the future.

“My philosophy in pre-season is always to work the guys as hard as physically possible, right up to and including each pre-season game. Sometimes with heavy legs this understandably can affect fluency and results in these games. It is all in the cause of being ready for that first competitive game and therefore it is a price I am willing to pay. However, the results have been outstanding in various levels of challenge throughout the seven games we have had. At any level you cannot argue with seven straight wins, and going into the season with a 100% return from those games does give us confidence for the battles ahead. It is even more pleasing given the amount of players I have had to employ in those games – something like 36 – given the massive rebuild programme. The highlights were the 10-0 demolition of Leverstock Green one week before their competitive start and a convincing win against Bostik Premier Leaguers Met Police at Northwood Park.

“I believe the league itself will be more competitive this time around, with obvious favourites such as AFC Rushden and Diamonds, Hayes and Yeading and Cambridge City all looking to progress into the Premier Division. I also believe that further down, the gap from bottom-up will not be as great. This will mean each week will be a challenge for us to try and overcome.

“The objective for us this season is clear; to rebuild the football side of the club and show improvement from last year. Before a competitive ball is kicked, I feel sure we can do this. Please note that we will all have to be very patient with this young squad (me more so than anyone!). For many of them it will be their first exposure to competitive men’s football. There will be ups and downs as with all clubs, we still have a good deal of gelling to do and we may take some hammerings. In those moments, perspective and a view of the long game will have to be applied. Confidence can be fragile at times in football, particularly with younger lads.

“I am hoping that we can produce a side which over time the supporters can be proud of. There will be no lack of effort from the players and staff to achieve that aim and play their hearts out for you.
“Any help that supporters can give to the club by way of volunteering time will certainly be much appreciated and often gives a direct benefit to the first team, such as a kit person and the like etc... And if you or someone you know can help us regarding sponsorship that too would be worth its weight in gold for the first team.

“Thank you for your support and encouragement, let’s strap ourselves in for the journey and enjoy the ride! Up the Woods!”

First up for Lane’s side is a trip to newly-promoted Hartley Wintney on Saturday, before another elevated club, Moneyfields, are the seasonl openers at Northwood Park on Tuesday evening.

10 August 2017 




London Tigers' first game at Northwood

London Tigers start their Spartan South Midlands League campaign on Saturday with a visit from Leighton Town and holders of Northwood Season Tickets (either the £40.00 offer ones or the Youth Membership ones) can watch those games for half-price on production of that card.

Normal admission prices are £7.00 for adults and £6.00 for OAPs so this would be cut to £3.50 and £3 if you show your Northwood Season Ticket on the gate.

9 August 2017 




Travel with the team to Supermarine

The Woods are running a coach to their important FA Cup tie at Swindon Supermarine on Saturday 19th August, leaving the club at 11.15 a.m.

A limited number of supporters are welcome to travel with the team for the cost of just £10.00, but places are limited so must be booked in advance through Secretary Alan Evans on 07960 744349 or email to alan.evansnfc@btopenworld.com.

8 August 2017 




Northwood programme goes digital

The Woods have a history over the past four decades of producing good quality - indeed, award-winning - matchday programmes. However, sales have been declining for some time, resulting in a loss loss on the publication last season in excess of £1,000.

In the absence of sponsorship to underwrite this substantial cost to the club, it has been decided that the matchday programme will in future only be available as a digital download from www.northwoodfc.com. Downloads will normally be available from the day before the match - and the good news is that it will be free of charge! Watch out for the first edition of the new campaign for the first home Evo-Stik League South fixture, against Moneyfields next week!

7 August 2017 




Northwood end pre-season with a victory

Just a week to go before the new Evo-Stik League South, East campaign gets underway, Simon Lane's new-look Northwood squad ended the warm-up period with a 3-1 friendly victory against Brentwood Town at Chestnut Avenue this afternoon.

New signing Meshach Williams fired the Woods ahead against their Bostik League North Division visitors on 23 minutes, and seven minutes later the same player made it 2-0. The Essex side pulled a goal back in the 73rd minute, but Williams completed his hat-trick and rounded off a promising pre-season for Woods when he swept home a Pat Kelly cross with seven minutes left. The match report is here.

5 August 2017 







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