There are two cup finals for you to enjoy at Northwood Park over the Bank Holiday weekend!
This afternoon, Tring Athletic play Cray Valley in the final of the Suburban League Challenge Plate, kick-off 3.00 p.m.
And Bank Holiday Monday sees the final of the Middlesex Senior Charity Cup at Chestnut Avenue, also at 3.00 p.m. Cockfosters of the Spartan South Midlands League take on Combined Counties League outfit Hanworth Villa.
30 April 2016
With the first team not playing until the Middlesex Senior Cup final on Saturday week, the reserves and Under 18 teams have both been involved in midweek action.
On Tuesday evening the second string won 2-1 away to Leverstock Green in a Suburban League North Division fixture, with Ronnie Blagden and Jermaine Heron on target for the Woods.
The same night, the Under 18s' final Ryman Youth League game of the season against Hendon at Silver Jubilee Park was abandoned for the second time in a few weeks. Last time it was due to fog; on this occasion due to an injury to a home player - Hendon were leading 1-0 at the time.
Dave Fox's reserve side were back in Suburban League action this evening, when they drew 3-3 with Dunstable Town at Northwood Park. The Woods’ goalscorers were Alex Delasalle, Kildane Tesfu and Tom Pegrum.
28 April 2016
The Woods' Evo-Stik Southern League Central Division campaign came to an end today when they drew 1-1 with Aylesbury at Northwood Park, with an excellent crowd enjoying the Annual Community Club Day.
But it took an equaliser from Rob Hastings three minutes into stoppage time to save a point from Northwood, after Brian Haule had put the visitors ahead with just eight minutes of normal time remaining. The match report and photos will be online later. Photos from the Community Day activities are here.
Northwood reserves won 3-0 at Berkhamsted in a Suburban League fixture, with goals from Ronnie Blagden, Jermaine Heron and Alex Delasalle.
23 April 2016
This Saturday the Woods play their final match of the Evo-Stik Southern League season, and the visit of Aylesbury will be the club’s Annual Community Club Day.
This year there is a slant towards the younger age groups at Northwood and, organised by Jay Hall together with our partners PSD, we are staging an Under 6s Development Festival of Football in a small tournament in the park which will last a couple of hours up until kick-off time.
There will also be some other of events being staged on the day, including a crossbar challenge, which anyone can enter, a bouncy castle and a barbecue. Everyone involved in the tournament will be invited to watch the game against Aylesbury and, as in previous years, entry to the game will be by way of a “pay what you can” donation.
It would be great to really boost the crowd for the game and create a good atmosphere, so please make every effort not to only get to the game yourself, but also bring friends and family to the game and encourage others to do the same. Attendances at Northwood Park this season have been disappointing despite the team enjoying an excellent season - with the Middlesex Senior Cup final still to come – so it would be good to sign off with a large crowd to witness the final home game!
21 April 2016
Three goals in the closing stages gave Northwood an excellent Evo-Stik Southern League victory in their final away fixture of the season at Barton Rovers this evening.
There were several chances but no goals in the first half of the Central Division game, but it burst into life in the last fifteen minutes.
Substitute Niko Muir opened the scoring on 76 minutes despite the home keeper getting both hands on the ball, then James Budden headed in number two following an Andy Lomas corner six minutes later. The scoring was completed by a Plowright own goal in the 89th minute - though Woods player-manager Mark Burgess later laid claim to it! The match report will be online later.
19 April 2016
Northwood Youth FC are seeking players at all ages for next season, and open trials will be held at Northwood Park, Chestnut Ave, Northwood, HA6 1HR on Saturday 30th April and Saturday 14th May, from 9.30am – 11.00am.
We are looking to add to all of our youth teams for next season; the club runs youth teams from U7s to U18s. Northwood FC is an FA Charter Standard Community Status Club running 16 teams at youth level who play in the Watford Friendly League. They also run Ryman Youth U18s playing in the midweek Ryman League, reserves competing in the Suburban League, whilst the first team are members of the Evo-Stik Southern League.
From next season the youth section will be playing at the prestigious Merchant Taylor’s School in Northwood on their fantastic pitches and using their excellent astro facilities for training. All our coaches are qualified, first- aided, safe-guarded and DBS checked; the club also have development coaches to get the best out of our players.
Playing for Northwood FC you will receive your kit, training jackets, free entry into first team games, a season ticket for one parent, and quality coaching and player development as part of our youth philosophy and membership to our club. Every player will also receive a playing trophy at our whole club Presentation Day with the chance of winning more. There is also a strong system in place to progress players into our senior end of the club with 80% of our U18s Ryman Youth, 70% of our reserves and 15% of our first team being home grown.
If you would like to come along and meet us at any age group, please do get in touch and we look forward to meeting you and introducing you to the right age group. Contact Lisa on 07729 781188 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or just turn up, as someone will be able to help.
17 April 2016
After a goal-less first half, two Godalming Town goals condemned Northwood to defeat in their penultimate away Evo-Stik Southern League fixture this afternoon. Woods pulled one back in stoppage time, but it wasn't enough to save the Division One Central game.
The home side went ahead when they were awarded a 62nd minute penalty for a handball for which strangely there was no appeal, but it was duly converted by Louis Hutton. Godalming went two up through Will HUtton on 75 minutes, and although Niko Muir put away a spot-kick four minutes into the added period, Town took the points with a 2-1 verdict. The match report is here.
Woods’ Suburban League fixture against Camberley Town was postponed due to the Chestnut Avenue pitch being waterlogged.
16 April 2016
The Woods netted in each half to take the Evo-Stik Southern League derby points as they ran out 2-0 winners against long-time Middlesex rivals Hanwell Town at Chestnut Avenue in a Central Division fixture.
It was a feisty encounter, particularly after the break, with the referee dishing out two yellow cards to the Woods, with Hanwell collecting four. Northwood took a 27th minute lead when Niko Muir threaded a superb ball through for Rob Hastings to finish clinically. And on 78 minutes a coolly-taken Louis Stead goal wrapped up the points for Mark Burgess' side - although not before 12 minutes stoppage time had been played! The match report and photos are here.
Woods' second string led at Tring Athletic in their Suburban League Challenge Plate semi-final, thanks to Ronnie Blagden's 39th minute goal. But the home side netted twice in the last six minutes of the tie to claim a final spot against Cray Valley on Saturday week.
12 April 2016
On Friday 6th May, the @TheWoods clubhouse is staging the 30th Anniversary Reunion for the 1985/86 Southall Football Club FA Vase squad. The Middlesex side reached the final of the Vase that season before losing 3-0 to Halesowen Town. Many of the side went on to go one better with Yeading FC a few years later, both clubs under the management of current Wealdstone FC boss Gordon Bartlett, who is looking forward to meeting up with his former charges once again.
Nearly all of the players that played for Southall that season are coming to the reunion, and that includes several one-time Northwood players such as Stewart Baldwin, Steve Cordery, Colin Dennison, John Exer, Rob Holland and John Powell, who should all be present. Another former Northwood player who appeared in that Final at Wembley was Keith James, who sadly passed away eighteen months ago. His brothers Viv and Tommy also appeared for the Woods in the 1980s and Keith will be represented by family members at the event.
Current members of the Southall FC side who now play their football in the Spartan South Midlands League are also to be represented along with many supporters of the team during that memorable year. Northwood FC Secretary Alan Evans was part of the committee at Southall FC at that time and, together with supporter Ben Sheenan, has been working on contacting everyone involved with Southall at the time and it should be a real night of nostalgia. The evening will run from 7pm until late.
The star of the side was of course future England striker Les Ferdinand who is expected to be in attendance too and if you fancy joining them, then you can. Tickets are limited but currently available here, priced at £10, which includes a buffet. Alternatively, cheques can be made payable to Northwood FC and sent to Secretary Alan Evans at 46 Webster Gardens, Ealing, London, W5 5ND.
11 April 2016
Don't forget that the Monday night bingo takes place in @The Woods, the Northwood FC clubhouse, this evening. Please arrive at 7.00 pm for eyes down at 7.30 pm.
Entry is £5 per person, with all entry fees being given out in prizes on the night, so the more that come, the bigger and better the prize!!
11 April 2016
A disastrous first half cost the Woods their final hopes of claiming a play-off place, as they crashed to an emphatic Evo-Stik Southern League defeat at the hands of relegation-threatened Leighton Town, who romped to a 4-2 Central Division victory at Chestnut Avenue this afternoon.
Leighton, urgently in need of the points, took an eighth minute lead, and were three up with half-an-hour on the clock. Myles Stephenson and Rob Hastings pulled it back to 2-3 after the break, only for the visitors to wrap up their win with a late fourth goal. The match report and photos are here.
9 April 2016
There has been some action involving the Woods’ Under 18s and reserve side over the past few days.
Last weekend, a combined squad of Ryman youth Under 18s and Under 15s competed in the Ignite Trust 8 a side tournament, a mixed age competition at Rayners Lane FC. The Northwood squad were defeated 1-0 by Rayners Lane in the quarter final after a tough group involving Rayners Lane, Brentford and Elite Academy.
On Monday evening, the Ryman Youth side finished their home fixtures with a 1-1 draw against Bedfont Sports. Will Holland put Northwood ahead on 39 minutes, but the visitors levelled before the break. The young Woods round off their season with games at Hendon and Hayes & Yeading, whilst manager Garry Moriarty is hopeful of a home friendly against Queens Park Rangers.
Tonight Northwood reserves continued their excellent end-of-season form with a 2-0 Suburban League victory at Dunstable Town, the goals coming from Dave Carty and Tope Olasanoye. That made it six wins in the last eight outings for the side, who play their Suburban League Plate semi-final at Tring Athletic next Tuesday, 12th April.
7 April 2016
Two goals in the closing stages of this afternoon's Evo-Stik Southern League trip to Potters Bar Town won the points for the Woods, who ran out 2-1 winners.
The home side took a 15th minute lead through Josh Hutchinson, and despite chances at both ends, the scoreline remained unchanged until the game was on 73 minutes. Then debutant Martin Netzer popped up with an equaliser for Northwood, and the new boy involved in the winner too! In the 87th minute he sent in a cross that Myles Stephenson headed into the top corner of the net to claim the victory. The match report and photos are here.
Woods' second string beat Leverstock Green 4-1 at Northwood Park in a Suburban League Challenge Plate quarter-final tie today, and they will travel to Tring Athletic next Saturday with a place in the final at stake.
2 April 2016