Wood U18 11-1 AFC Croydon Athletic U18 (Thur 16th Oct)
Wood made hay on a superb Wibbandune surface and on a very mild evening against the basement team of the division. Michell
saved superbly from Burke in the first minute but Burke opened the scoring on 4 minutes when Fidler robbed Michell and left
a tap in for Wood's new leading goalscorer of the season. A further goal was ruled out for offside before Michell made two
more fine saves and Ollivierre denied Burk with a fine tackle. Croydon reshuffled their defence but Wood kept pressing forward;
the final pass on occasions just letting them down and Michell continued to impress, tipping over a Stevenson drive following
a Yusuph run. Wood made it 2-0 on 23 minutes when some slick passing was ended by a fine Stevenson through ball which Agyapong
collected and he rounded the keeper to score. The same two players repeated the move two minutes later with the same outcome
(3-0) and Fidler chipped against the post having bamboozled three defenders on the left wing. From a long free kick, Knight
forced a good tip over from Taras but on 32 minutes, it was 4-0 when Fidler and Burke linked well again for the latter to
drive home unchallenged. Michell denied Fidler and Burke twice but Burke completed his hat trick on 36 minutes with a cool
finish having been played in by Fidler. The Wood wide man deserved a goal of his own but he volleyed a Burke chest down wide
of the mark before Agyapong completed his hat trick right on half time following some more fine team passing.
Banheld and Odame replaced Andon and Noyes for the visitors but the second half was just 3 minutes old when Wood struck
again when Higgins played Burke in for a cool front post finish. Francis replaced the injured Timms for The Rams and Nuur
took over from Agyapong. Belkaid defended well in conceding a corner and he headed that corner well clear before Knight flashed
a shot inches wide following good play from Best-Osbourne. Knight shot just wide and Nuur saw a shot parried over the bar
and Michell claimed two Higgins shots before Nuur tried his luck on 66 minutes from 30 yards and the ball flew in off the
underside of the bar. Small made his debut when he replaced Higgins. Three minutes later it was 9-0 when Fidler rounded Michell
to score before Dyer replaced Burke. On 75 minutes, a long and deep free kick was met by the head of the unchallenged Knight
for a consolation goal. On 82 minutes, it was 10-1 when some good passing was rounded off by Small via a defenders leg while
a rare over the top ball saw Fidler volley wide. Almost on the final whistle, a good run from Dyer saw his shot blocked but
he reacted well to nod home Wood's eleventh goal of the night.
A comprehensive win with some slick passing and it is the league cup next week when Leatherhead are the visitors.
Cove 1-1 Wood (Sat
skipper Owen Davies and full back Harry Wise for their visit to
league leaders Cove on Saturday. They added new signing from Ashford
Town, Leithan Brimah, to their 15 man squad.
A beautifully warm
autumn day and a good looking playing surface welcomed the teams and
Embalo, back from suspension, chipped well wide with Cove goalkeeper,
Freeman-Johnson, in no mans land. Boye saw off Smith and Hughes did
likewise to Baxter as Cove posed the Wood defence many early problems
and Sam Mead cleared off the line from Smith before Caesar produced a
good midfield tackle. Freeman-Johnson blocked Embalo and Callum Eagle
headed a Joe Mead cross behind as both sides sought an early
advantage. Boye cleared well again and Pearce punched a throw in away
before Wood failed to take advantage of three good corner kicks in
succession from Joe Mead. Duuf made poor contact with a decent pull
back and Akinwande was strong in the tackle; feeding Kingsbeer wide
right but he cross was miskicked by Smith. Pearce saved from a wide
open Smith and the same striker volleyed over before Joe mead chipped
a shot over off balance. Parfitt was booked and Everiss should have
done better in retrieving another long ball, the home side very
direct at times, as half time arrived.
The general consensus
was that a point today would be decent but that we would go for the
win if we could and that thinking kept Wood positive and Cove on
their toes, especially Sills who nodded back to his keeper well and
Kingsbeer, who was booked for pulling back Ogunseye who was beginning
to come alive as an attacking option. A fine reverse pass from Hughes
saw Embalo blaze wildly wide while a poor touch from the otherwise
impressive Sotoniwa saw the even more impressive Sam Mead deny Smith
yet again, he and Baxter a constant threat to the Wood back line.
There may have been a yellow card for Liam Eagle for a deliberate
handball, the referee's decision making a little unclear, before Wood
went ahead on 58 minutes when some sustained pressure and passing saw
the ball fall to in form Ogunseye and he rifled a shot past the
hapless keeper into the top of the net; a good finish.
Caesar, I think, was
booked, probably for a comment regarding a deliberate Cove handball
that may, or may not, have been given before Liam Eagle headed a
corner over the bar. Duff headed over before a good nod down by Smith
set up Baxter but, not for the first time, Boye blocked his effort.
Williams saw off Kingsbeer before Burdon replaced Caesar. Sam Mead
and Ogunseye both did well in defence and Sotoniwa headed well clear
before Taiwo replaced Joe Mead.
Wood couldn't keep
out however and on 82 minutes it was 1-1 when, despite two desperate
blocks, Smith managed to force home from close range and it was now
Taiwo was booked before
Embalo forced a good save when cutting in from the right and Taiwo
volleyed over. Boye and Sam Mead (having a tremendous game) stood
firm as Cove pressed on but Wood should have claimed the points when,
after a lame shot into the side netting from Embalo, Hughes gave the
same player a clear sight on goal but Freeman-Johnson saved very well
and it was a point apiece; a fair result.
It is easy to see why
Cove have been succesful this season. They are a strong and direct
team, rather like Wood and the return fixture at Wibbandune just
before Christmas is, already, keenly awaited.
– Pearce, Williams, Hughes, Sam Mead, Boye, Caesar, Joe Mead,
Sotoniwa, Ogunseye, Harding, Embalo.
– Burdon, Curran, Brimah, Taiwo
Wood U18 0-2 Welling
United U18 - Thur 9th Oct (fa youth cup 2Q)
Matt Steenson failed a
pre match fitness test meaning a place at centre back for Alan
Gearge Brooker had
signed for Barnet FC in midweek.
The Wibbandune pitch
was in superb condition given all the earlier rain and it was the
visitors who opened brightly and a lofted cross came back off the
Wood crossbar and Taylor fired over the bar before Taras claimed a
Sonduru cross well at the far post. Burke fired across the goalface
under pressure from Dillon before some good passing and possession
from Wood fizzled out as Welling defended well. Lonergan was late on
the lively Sonduru as both sides emphasised their good starts to
their respective league seasons with some quick passing and some
outrageous individual moments of skill. Dillon fired inches over for
The Wings from a Taylor corner and Taras tipped a Sonduru shot over
before Burke, clearly offside, had the ball in the net following more
good play from Agyapong. A shout from Wootten of “stop fouling”
went unheard as Welling regularly allowed Wood out of tight
situations with silly, petulant and impatient fouls. Lonergan showed
great composure as did Higgins in setting up McKenzie whose shot was
defelected to safety and Cottrell claimed at the feet of Burke
following more good play from Fidler and Agyapong.
On 41 minutes, Welling
went ahead when a fine free kick from Taylor was met by the
unchallenged head of Plummer giving the rooted Taras no chance.
Kempton replaced Wootten.
The second half opened
with Burke firing over from a Higgins cross and Higgins set up
McKenzie but he pulled his shot across the goal. At 0-1, the game was
on a knife edge and stevenson, growing into his defensive role,
produced a superbly timed tackle to deny Gunner. Stewart fired wide
following a good Lonergan run and the fouled Agyapong hit the free
kick well wide. There were some niggly free kicks conceded but the
referee was allowing the game to flow and it was a good, if somewhat
tense, watch. Magala-Bryan was playing with the spirit Wood required
to get back into the game; something of an unsung hero in this squad,
but he was replaced by Dyer who immediately crossed for Fidler on 72
minutes but he misread the flight. Fidler skipped past Ocran but his
shot eluded the far post, a great chance gone, before Mallon replaced
Olayokun for Welling. A superb McKenzie free kick saw no takers as
did a similar dead ball from Taylor for Welling before the tie was
over on 86 minutes when Sonduru netted from a tight angle with the
outside of his foot following a good run. Higgins fired over and he
forced a good save from Cottrell in stoppage time but Welling
progressed to the next round and a trip to Hayes & Yeading
This is the kind of
game that both of these squads need more of as the learning curve is
vital for their development. Welling deserved their win; a well
organised side that defended in groups and, like Wood, had pace up
top. After a slow start, Wood were on the pace but, to be fair, they
didn't create enough clear chances.
Wood 2-1 Shoreham
(fa vase) - Sat 4th Oct
Wood went into this FA
Vase tie without skipper Owen Davies (groin), Dan Hughes (course),
Mario Embalo (suspended) and goalkeeper, Lee Pearce and their woes
were added to when deputy keeper Pepperell failed to show meaning
right back Tim Williams, bravely offering his services, played
between the sticks.
skipper, Dunk, was aware of Wood's plight is uncertain but his shot
from near the dugouts nearly caught Williams out and Wise defended a
Bisard cross well before Ogunseye had a shot easily saved. Sam Mead
cut out a dangerous pass and it was the Sussex vsistors who looked
the better balanced side while Wood looked edgy at the back as
Williams spilled a cross shot before Bisard saw his close range shot
blocked. Shoreham went ahead on 15 minutes when Garrivier fed Dunk on
the left. His far post cross was not dealt with and the ball fell
kindly to Cradock who really couldn't miss from a couple of yards
out. Harding won a midfield tackle but fired wide while Sam Mead
crossed for his brother Joe, but he fired well wide as well. The
heavy pre match rain left a slick playing surface which the Musselmen
looked perfectly at home on while Wood looked unbalanced and
cumbersome with only the driving runs of right back, Sam Mead,
catching the eye. Boye, as ever, tackled Buggy superbly while Fleming
headed a corner kick well wide and one felt a second visitors goal
could leave Wood with too much to do. Emery headed a Joe Mead corner
wide and Bisard should have done better when clean through on goal.
Betts claimed the ball just ahead oh Harding while a Cradock drive
was easily taken by Williams who, to be fair, had little to do in a
dour first half. Another lame Bisard effort was followed by a superb
Stevens cross but nobody attacked the box. There were good penalty
shouts for the visitors when Curran clearly shoved Bisard but nothing
was given and on half time, Damario fired well over the bar.
Half Time 0-1 –
Burdon was a tactical
sacrifice for Wood and was replaced by Taiwo.
Cradock headed wide
balance but Wood looked a little more progressive now and a mazy run
from Ogunseye forced a corner and Gregory, coming under more pressure
now at right back, was forced to foul Taiwo. Joe Mead floated the
free kick inches wide with Betts scrambling. Harding was late on
Garrivier and Allan produced a good tackle on Ogunseye as the game
failed to inspire the spectators of which the visitors had the most
of. Ogunseye crossed to Harding but his contact on the ball was
minimal but at least Wood were a bit of a threat now and on 61
minutes the scores were level when a neat Harding pass put Ogunseye
in and he rounded Betts before finsihing neatly. Godstone replaced
Cradock, something of a surprise, and a good break from Wood saw a
cheeky volley from Wise which went just wide with Betts flat footed.
Bisard was booked for a foul on Boye before Lorenzo replaced Damario.
The game was stretched and Curran did well to head away a Buggy cross
and Bisard headed poorly before being replaced by Best. He made an
immediate impact when pulling the ball back for Godstone but Wise
blocked his shot and on 85 minutes, Wood were in front when Harding
managed to control a pass and his turn and pass put Ogunseye in again
with a similar result to his first goal though a more difficult
finish this time. Emery drove over from 30 yards and the excellent
Allan, again, denied Ogunseye before the final whistle sounded.
Not the most inspiring
game to be honest but Shoreham's players, officials and supporters
were gracious in defeat and we hope to vsist them pre season in 2015.
We wish them well. Next round is November 1st meaning our
home game v Farnham Town will be re-arranged.
Wood U18 6-0 Hanworth
Villa U18 - Thur 2nd Oct
Wood returned to the
top of the central division table in great style against Hanworth
Wood were, immediately,
on the front foot and a step over from Stevenson saw Dacres-Smith
drive wide. Fidler fired wide as did Agyapong before Wood were ahead
on 13 minutes. Stevenson, majestic in midfield fed a fine pass to
Fidler and he finished coolly and three minutes later it was 2-0 when
an audacious back heel from Stevenson, showing great awareness, found
Burke who finished with aplomb. Yusuph looking progressive at right
back was too quick for Horton and Cushen made a fine save from Burke
before an even better one handed parry over the bar from a Stevenson
drive. It was 3-0 on 25 minutes when Burke fed Fidler on the left.
The crowd could see the obvious shot and Fidler obliged, curling
beautifully into the top right hand corner. Arotaritei cleared a
Yusuph cross and Stevenson was inches wide from 20 yards before Nuur
made it 4-0 on 29 minutes via a sweet left footed shot after more
excellent passing from the Wood team. Cushen saved from Nuur, showing
some great skill on the ball and Lonergan headed a corner wide. For
Villa, Soloman drove inches wide and Toussaint was further wide from
distance before an audacious chip from Fidler hit the bar denying him
a superb individual goal. Dyer found Burke well but Agyapong shot
wide and Mendis robbed Dyer and forced an excellent save from Taras
in the Wood goal. Kear denied Fidler just on half time.
Smith and Edwards
replaced Horton and Murphy for the visitors at the start of the
second half. O'Malley, the stand out visiting outfield player,
blocked a shot bravely and he denied the rampaging Fidler as Villa
looked more balanced and up for the challenge. Wood were awarded a
penalty when kear handled on the floor but Dacres-Smith saw his
excellent spot kick well saved by Cushen low to his right. However it
was 5-0 on 67 minutes when Nuur and Yusuph combined well on the left
to set up Fidler who completed his hat trick easily. Nrew recruit,
Jamie Fisher replaced Dyer and on 79 minutes it was 6-0 when Cushen
produced his only error of the evening in gifting the ball to Burke
and he waited before scoring neatly. Bryan replaced the excellent
Yusuph and he immediatley forced another fine save and dacres-Smith
was inches over from 22 yards. Cushen denied Agyapong from point
blank range and Lonergan soon after before tipping a Burke shot just
past the far post. At the death, Dacres-Smith drove just over from 35
yards, no doubt looking to make amends for his penalty miss.
Some of the football
this evening was a pleasure to watch and it will be fascinating to
see what happens in next week's FA Youth Cup tie at home to Welling
United, by all accounts, a very good side themselves!
Wood 3-0 Bedfont
& Feltham (league cup) - Wed 1st Oct
Wood eased into the
last 16 of the league cup with another disciplined performance
against a useful Bedfont & Feltham from division 1 at Wibbandune.
Harding had the first
effort on 4 minutes but his shot was blocked behind by Ataro but Wood
were ahead a minute later when a Joe Mead corner to the far post was
met by the unmarked Boye. His first effort was blocked on the line
but he followed up to net easily. Emery produced a fine turn but his
shot was deflected easily into the arms of Berte. Boye produced a
fine tackle as Wood looked to ensure there was to be no cup upset
while Ataro saw off the lively Ogunseye before a Busby drive was
deflected to safety. Ataro was busy again in denying Harding before
Joe Mead miscued a left footed shot. Davies blocked a Luke Craig
effort before Ward was rather harshly booked for kicking the ball
away having been penalised for a foul. Wood looked solid at the back
with full backs Wise and Williams on their game while Bedfont had
plenty of the ball but lacked a cutting edge up top Another superb
win from Emery, cruising in midfield it seemed, underlined the work
ethic before Sotoniwa headed a Wise free kick over. Pearce just
tipped a Luke Craig shot wide and Wood should have had a penalty when
Hunt clearly shoved Sotoniwa. Hughes, back from Las Vegas in the
morning was working hard at both ends of the park and Ward should
have done better with two crosses when in decent positions.
HT 1-0 – The
more even as half time approached, Wood looking a little jaded but a
full bench available for use.
Berte did superbly
at the feet of Ogunseye as Wood opened brightly and the Wood wide man
will need to improve his heading having been set up by Sotoniwa and
Hughes. There is nothing wrong with his legs, and pace in general
however, as on 56 minutes it was 2-0. Harding did extremely well on
the ball and his fine reverse ball was latched onto by Ogunseye and
he drilled low into the corner giving Berte no chance. Patrick Craig
replaced Busby and the visitors woes got worse almost immediately
when Ward received a second yellow card for a clumsy challenge on
Ogunseye, not in keeping with the excellent spirit of the game, and
off he went. Ogunseye had a shot parried while Patrick Craig
miskicked before Sanders replaced Moriarty and Velinor replaced
Scarlett. Wood were awarded a penaltry on 76 minutes when Velinor
blatantly pushed Joe Mead off the ball but Harding skied the spot
kick well over the bar. Caesar replaced Hughes for Wood before Lambe
hit a snapshot over the bar. Taiwo replaced Ogunseye and Burdon
replaced the outstanding Emery before Wood added a third goal on 88
minutes. This was better from Harding as he shimmied a couple of
times before finishing with some of the confidence that has been
missing recently from his goalscoring.
This, eventually, was
decent win and for the third game running, no cards for Wood, a much
nicer state of affairs.
TEAM – Pearce,
Williams, Wise, Davies, Boye, Emery, Ogunseye, Sotoniwa, Joe Mead,
SUBS – Burdon,
Caesar, Sam Mead, Curran.
Wood 2-0 Westfield
- Sat 27th Sept
Wood claimed their 6th
league win of the season when they, just about, saw off a determined
Westfield at Wibbandune on Saturday. Wood were without the talismanic
Embalo (suspended), Caesar (injured), Burdon (work), Hughes (Las
Vegas) and Taiwo (hospitalised)! Mo Kamara was added to the squad as
was 16 year old Freddie Agyapong from the youth team.
Wood really should
gone ahead on 7 minutes when good play from Kamara and a fine cross
from Joe Mead saw Dan Harding hit the post with the goal gaping.
Blackford fed Cheesman for the visitors and his cross to Placito saw
Boye do well to block his effort and Oritis fired over the bar when
falling backwards. Oritis did well to keep the ball but he volleyed
over the bar before a good touch from Wise to Emery saw a fine pass
to Ogunseye who beat Brawley in the Westfield goal but he overrun the
ball out of play. The useful Wales had a cross blocked before a 30
yard Joe mead free kick was saved low to his left by Brawley. Harding
forced a corner as the very stretched game continued to catch the eye
although without the intensity of the previous Wednesday. Burnham did
well to see off Ogunseye and more good skill from Kamara saw Sotoniwa
drive straight at the keeper. Elliott drilled a low cross to the far
post but there were no takers and a fine ball from Sotoniwa saw
harding round Brawley but the keeper somehow recovered to deny him an
open goal. Burnham headed a corner wide right on half time.
Curran replaced Davies
at the resumption and Burnham blocked a Wise shot before Oritis
failed to punish a rare Boye error. Sotoniwa had a shot blocked by
the goalkeeper's chest and a deep cross from Williams saw the same
player volley over the bar. Sotoniwa was the real driving force for
Wood today and he did well to tee up Ogunseye but he pulled his shot
wide of the far post. Wood went ahead on 56 minutes when Wise and
Sotoniwa combined to set up Ogunseye who rounded the keeper to score
nicely. Taylor replaced Placito and immediately crossed for Oritis
who half volleyed over the bar. Joe Mead put Ogunseye in but he
missed the far post and Parkinson headed just wide from another
decent Taylor cross.Beale replaced Burnham. Curran saw of a Rose raid
and conceded a corner while a Wales shot struck Wise on the hand but
it was hardly intentional! On 78 minutes, Agyapong replaced Emery and
a Joe mead shot was blocked before the young sub shot wide from the
edge of the area. On 85 minutes, it looked game over as a long cross
from Williams saw a hesitant Brawley beaten to the ball by the brave
head of Agyapong and the ball entered the net despite a desperate
clearance attempt by a defender. A ricochet off the referee saw
Ogunseye in again but his shot was blocked as Wood claimed their
sixth win out of seven at Wibbandune this season.
TEAM – Pearce,
Williams, Wise, Davies, Boye, Joe Mead, Ogunseye, Emery, Sotoniwa,
SUBS – Sam Mead,
Attendance - 28
Wood 2-1 Spelthorne
Sports - Weds 24th Sept
There was an impeccable
minutes silence held for former Surrey FA officer John Crook ahead of
yet another pulsating CCL match at Wibbandune. Spelthorne arrived
unbeaten and their confidence was evident in the early stages as
Staples had a shot blocked away although Sports keeper, Norman, had
to be alert ahead of Embalo following an underhit back pass from
Luckins. Staples crossed low to the front post to Stenning but Wood
right back Williams cleared the danger well. Davies found Embalo who
took the ball well but he fired over the bar in full flight. Mbonkwi
headed an Atiase cross over the bar and the impressive Flatman fired
a free kick straight at pearce. Wood were looking to get the ball
forward quickly and Norman claimed an Ogunseye cross well before
Flatman drove over the bar from 30 yards. Boye did superbly in seeing
off Staples and his central defensive partner, and skipper, Davies
did likewise with a fine clearing header. Hughes and Joe mead
combined well but Spelly defended before Wood went ahead on 41
minutes. Embalo did brilliantly wide right and went past Driver in
the area. He pulled the ball back well and amidst the chaos that
ensued, Sotoniwa just got enough of the ball to score despite
Norman's outstretched arm.
Wood saw off further
threats easily to lead 1-0 at the interval.
Spelly had dominated
possession in the first half but Wood had stood firm, restricting
clear chances to an absolute minimum. The officials had hardly been
seen thus far! Wood, usually out for the restart sharply, were later
than usual tonight and Embalo fired weakly at Norman following a Joe
Mead pass. Embalo was working his socks off as the lone striker and
Wood's five man midfield were at full stretch to keep Spelly at bay
underlined by a fine Burdon tackle. Sotoniwa just overhit a cross to
Embalo and Flatman shot straight at Pearce before pearce saved well
with his legs to deny the lively Mbonkwi. Flatman skimmed the
crossbar from a free kick before the visitors levelled on 61 minutes.
A cross from Driver saw a first header hit thebar and Mbonkwi was on
hand to nod home easily. This really was a test of Wood's nerve now
and pearce, again, denied Mbonkwi before Davis cleared an Atiase shot
with Spelly looking like going ahead at any moment. Pearce parried a
drive from the progressive Luckins and Burdon did well again to clear
a dangerous cross behind. Atiase had two reasonable chances in quick
succession, the second a header into the side netting before Taiwo
replaced Joe mead on 69 minutes. Two minutes later Wood were ahead
again. Ogunseye had too much pace for Driver down the left flank and,
on entering the box, the defender was adjudged to have fouled. Embalo
stepped up and drilled the ball home for his 10th league
and cup goal this season (he missed the first four games)! Burdon and
Wise produced great clearing headers before Embalo won a header and
bore down on goal. His shot was parried away by Norman with nobody
following up to score. Atiase skipped past Wise and squared to
Mbonkwi but his shot was blocked well before Driver was booked for a
poor foul on Boye, not in keeping with the superb character of both
sides all evening. He was replaced, immediately, by Graham and Emery
replaced Wise for Wood. Embalo repeated his earlier effort where once
again nobody followed up to score following Norman's strong arm and
Boye really should have been cautioned for a blatant shirt pull.
Davies blocked superbly, again, and Ogunseye should have wrapped up
the points when set up by Embalo but he missed the target from close
range. Pearce saved well from Atiase before Sotoniwa saved the day in
denying Graham. Flatman was booked for a foul on Ogunseye; Curran
replaced Sotoniwa and Hicks drove wide before the final whistle
sounded to end a wonderful advert for the league.
well officiated and two sides that tried to play good football.
discipline wise, easily our best performance of the season with
Embalo outstanding up top alone.
TEAM – Pearce,
Williams, Wise, Burdon, Davies (c), Boye, Oguseye, Sotoniwa, Hughes,
J Mead, Embalo.
SUBS – Emery,
Attendance - 72
Badshot Lea 1-1
Wood - Sat 20th Sept
A rather depleted Wood
travelled to Badshot Lea on a sultry day to be greeted by a pitch of
long grass that actually played better than it looked. Skipper, Owen
Davies and Darren Caesar were injured and Qas Sotoniwa was serving
the last of his three match suspension. Defender James Curran, was
added to the squad. He was previously with Blackstones FC in the
United Counties League. The Baggaies are under new management from
today and will, no doubt, provide a stiff test. Wood, in their all
green kit, looked the sharper and Harding flashed a header against
the bar on 8 minutes before Wise headed a dangerous Baggies free kick
clear. Harding was sharp again and his run and shot was tipped over
by Watson as was an Embalo shot soon afterwards. Pearce was quick off
his line to deny Muir and watson gathered the ball in safely
following a goalmouth melee. Some good play by the home side saw Muir
drive well wide and a fine free kick from Pearson saw Baggies
skipper, Nimmo head over; a good chance that. Yet another Pearson
free kick saw Nimmo nod back to Siemak but he contrived to miss a
golden chance to open the scoring.
Wood went ahead on
minutes when Harding fed Embalo and although his shot was saved by
the legs of Watson, Ogunseye was on hand to tap home at the far post.
Pilgrim drove over from 30 yards and Hughes covered well before
Embalo really should have extended the lead but he shot over having
checked on to his right foot. Joe Mead tried his luck from distance
to no avail as the half time whistle sounded.
HT 1-0 – Rather
Camberley game last week, will Wood rue not adding that second goal?
Pearson hit a free
wide and Palmer set up Muir who shot weakly before Embalo had a shot
deflected wide. Nimmo was the stand out player in this game along
with McCallum and Boye was alert to see him off as the home side
continued to put in the effort required when you are at the foot of
the table as Wood know only too well from recent seasons. Siemak
fouled Embalo but Wise hit the free kick well over as Wood failed to
maintain their first half momentum. McCallum beat Hughes but shot
over and a Jeffery free kick was palmed away by Pearce before Sam
Mead hit the upright from a right wing cross. Watson punched clear
ahead of Embalo and Williams replaced Sam Mead on 72 minutes. A
minute later it was 1-1. Whether Pearce really needed to come off his
line is unsure as there appeared to be enough cover around, but he
did catch Siemak and Palmer converted the spot kick. Quiassaca was
booked for throwing the ball at a prostrate player and he was taken
off immediately and replaced by Curran for his debut. Boye was
cautioned for an innocuous looking challenge and Ogunseye pulled the
ball back to Embalo who hit the post as did Joe mead from the
rebound. A mishit Embalo cross was well kept alive by Williams and
the subsequent cross saw Watson save well from the head of Burdon. A
Pearce miskick went unpunished by Turner as he fired over the bar and
a Curran head clear fell to Jeffery but Pearce saved well. Harding
had a penalty shout turned down, rightly so, before Pearce kept out
Pearson as the sides settled for a point apiece which was probably
TEAM – Pearce,
Hughes, Wise, Sam Mead, Boye (c), Joe Mead, Ogunseye, Burdon,
Quiassaca, Harding, Embalo.
SUBS – Williams,
Attendance - 40
Wood U18 3-2 Balham U18 - Thur 18th Sept
Wood and Balham served
up an entertaining game on Thursday evening. Omar Belkaid and Liam
Yusuph returned to the starting line up with Romel Blair and Elliot
Dyer added to the bench.
The game started well
for Balham who were ahead within two minutes when Haire fed
Roberts-Winton on the left and he pulled the ball back to Archard who
scored well. On 5 minutes, it got worse for the home side when a poor
pass from Belkaid to Dacres-Smith was pounced on by Haire and he
scored easily past Taras. Wood needed a quick response and they got
in on 7 minutes when a pull back from the right was met by Burke
whose shot took a deflection and spun past Miller. Taras saved well
from Bashir and he denied the same player soon after before Francois
did well to deny Roberts-Winton. Wood were rather lax in their
passing and Archard had a shot saved easily before Wood levelled on
19 minutes. Brooker played a nice pass to Fidler and he finished
nicely from close range. Brooker was put in by a defensive error but
Miller denied him and Fidler set up Burke but he shot wide. A clever
stepover from a corner saw Brooker fire over the bar and Agypong
found the same player who showed a great touch before shooting over
again. Bashir denied a rampaging Yusuph and Mafolo-Rodriguez, looking
solid for Balham denied Fidler.
Half Time 2-2 – A
pacey and skilful game mixed with some basic errors made for a very
watchable first half.
Stevenson drilled just
over from 30 yards as Wood opened this half much better and Balham,
defending well, were looking to counter attack when they could.
Yusuph set up Brooker but he fired over before Blair replaced Wood
skipper, Dacres-Smith. Brooker had a shot saved and a free kick
deflected behind and Archard halted Fidler in his tracks before
Campesato-Pires replaced Roberts-Winton. Stevenson, now without
Dacres-Smith, looked in complete control in the centre midfield role
and Blair forced a save from Miller from an Agypong corner. Mitchell
broke clear for Balham but Steenson, quietly going about his
business, defended well and cleared and Balham continued to deny Wood
any clear openings marshalled well by Romeko and Mafolo-Rodriguez.
Brooker put Blair away on the left and his cut back and shot flew
inches wide of the far post. Wood found the breakthrough on 77
minutes when Fidler danced his way along the 18 yard line before
firing left footed past a hapless Miller. Burke blazed over leaning
back from a Blair pass and Stephens replaced Bashir for Balham.
Miller saved a rasping Agypong drive by palming over the bar and
Clarke replaced Romeko for Balham. Archard fired wide from 35 yards
and he floated a free kick which was not cleared but Taras saved at
point blank range from Akinrinade. Nuur replaced Stevenson and
Belkaid blocked a free kick behind as Wood saw off the late threat to
maintain their 100% start to the league season. This was a real test
for Wood and the return fixture will be eagerly anticipated.
|Wood v Balham 18th September 2014
2-1 Wood - Sat 13th Sept
league defeat at Krooner Park for The Wood but a much better showing
this time round which, probably, deserved a point. Chris Burdon came
in for Darren Caesar who was injured in the warm up leaving Wood with
just one sub on the bench.
Joe mead had the first
shot, easily claimed by Aulsburry and Quarshie fired high and wide
under pressure from Boye for Cambo. Embalo got in on the right and
fired wildly wide when a pull back looked the better option to the
three waiting Wood players. Boye really should have been cautioned
for a wild lunge in front of the dugouts on Slater while Quarshie and
Wood keeper, Pearce, offered some handbags when Pearce raised his leg
in protection in claiming the ball. Burch cleared a dangerous Embalo
cross and Quiassaca was booked for a late challenge on Bunyan. Slater
had a run but shot well wide before Wood went ahead on 22 minutes.
Embalo received the ball near the 18 yard line. He jinked two
defenders before smashing a volley past the hapless Aulsburry into
the middle corner of the net. Quiassaca volleyed well over and Wood
were clearly the better side with Cambo guilty of wasteful passing
and a distinct lack of energy throughout the team. Sowdon fired
straight at Pearce, Dormer cleared a Wise free kick well and Burch
nodded back to his keeper. Boye produced another fine clearing header
and Quiassaca fired over the bar while off balance. Burdon and Joe
Mead were working hard for midfield parity and doing a good job too
and Hughes, Harding and Embalo combined well with the latter firing
wide on the spin.
Half Time 0-1 and the
home support generous in their praise of the visiting side.
Wood were expecting
onslaught in the second half and they weren't disappointed at all.
Kelsey replaced Slater for the home side and Burdon immediately did
well to block a Humphrey effort. The Wood back four looked up for the
challenge and skipper, davies, epitomised this with a brave header
before Bunyan was booked for the home side. Burch did really well to
see off the rampaging Embalo as did Garstang in calmly nodding to his
keeper. On 68 minutes the game was all square when a poor Wood corner
was hoiked upfield to Bunyan. He nodded the ball on to Smith who
smashed home from 12 yards virtually unchallenged low to pearce's
left. And three minutes later, it got worse for Wood when Embalo was
dismissed for elbowing Jewell who was forced to leave the field,
replaced by Ford. He immediately crossed to Bunyan whose rocket
header hit the bar and Hughes managed to nod a clearance inches wide
of the upright. Ogunseye replaced Davies who had gone in the groin
and camberley were now going for the proverbial jugular with a more
direct approach. Coles replaced Dprmer, Joe mead hit a lame free kick
at the keeper and Quiassaca really should have put Wood ahead when
over Aulsberry but agonisingly wide of his far post. Burch was rather
late on Pearce but their were no histrionics from the big man and
when Quiassaca fed Ogunseye it was game on but the wide man flashed
his shot an inch wide with Aulsberry rooted. 5 minutes into stoppage
time, Cambo stole the points when a cross from the left was deftly
glanced by the head of Bunyan leaving Pearce no chance and the cheers
could be heard for miles around from the home support. Humphrey was
booked for a late challenge and pearce saved when Kelsey was in on
goal and that was that. A game of two halves I guess and Wood will
need to be patched up before they head to Badshot Lea next Saturday
for another tough examination. Socially, after the game, we took
stock of our injuries and unavailabilities and we may need a couple
of midweek signings and youth team call ups. Onwards and upwards!
Excellent catering at Krooner Park as well by the way!
– Pearce, S
Mead, Wise, Boye, Davies (c), J Mead, Quiassaca, Burdon, D Hughes,
SUBS – Ogunseye,
Attendance - 66
Wood 4-3 Horley
Town - Wed 10th Sept
Wood and Horley Town
served up some great entertainment at Wibbandune with Wood prevailing
by the odd goal in seven. Wood were without the suspended Qas
Sotoniwa and Will Boye was on a course.
An even opening was
broken when Wood went ahead on ten minutes. Harding robbed Herdman
and found Quiassaca. He, in turn, fed Ogunseye wide on the left and
his dangerous low cross was turned into his own net by the off
balance Turner. Nadeson found McElligott well and he was in on goal
but, somehow, he missed the target. Both sides were giving it a real
go in an entertaing opening and Hyde came off his line twice to deny
Embalo. Embalo beat Poplett and fed Harding but he skied over before
Horley levelled on 19 minutes when a Smith free kick from wide right
eluded everyone and flew into the far corner of the net. Nadeson did
well in defence to deny a fine Wood passing move and Hughes just
overhit to Ogunseye, a continuous threat wide right. Hyde saved well
with his feet from Harding and he made a superb one handed save from
an excellent Wise free kick over the wall. Wise crossed from the left
and Embalo headed well but Hyde made another fine stop before
Quiassaca fired just over the bar. Wood regained the advantage on 32
minutes when Hughes fed Embalo. He baet Turner and passed to Joe Mead
who drilled home from 22 yards low to Hyde's right for a fine goal.
McElligott crossed for Poplett but Pearce saved his header easily
before Sullivan replaced Smith. Hyde denied Ogunseye at his near
post, again with his legs while Jupp headed a free kick well wide.
Casear put Ogunseye in again but Hyde matched him again while Pearce
sorted out some hesitant defending when denying the opportunist
Half time 2-1.
Within a minute of
resumption, Wood had a penalty when Conteh clearly shoved Ogunseye
off the ball and caesar made no mistake from the spot. However, five
minutes later, it was 3-2 when Wise inexplicably handled a flick on
and Nadeson converted easily. Nadeson put in a superb cross but
nobody attacked the box and Sullivan had a drive deflected wide as
Horley began to dominate. Sam Mead produced a fine clearance before
Pullin replaced McElligott on 61 minutes. Herdman was booked for a
foul on Embalo but this game was about the football and Owen did well
to deny Pullin before Wood went 4-2 up on 68 minutes with another
fine goal. Caesar got the better of Herdman, a good battle all night
between these two, and he fed Taiwo, on for Quiassaca wide right. He
attacked the flank before his pinpoint low cross was smashed home by
the onrushing Embalo.
Horley refused to lie
down and on 70 minutes, it was 4-3. With a player down, the visitors
played on and, in the confusion, Pullin curled home into the far
corner to set up a frantic last twenty minutes. A Poplett free kick
was sliced by a Wood defender to Herdman but Pearce was quick and
just got enough of the ball to concede a corner kick. Nason replaced
Jupp and Williams replaced Harding and it was Wood who finished the
game with a small level of control and territory before Caesar
volleyed wide at the death.
A cracking game and
that is now 15 goals in three games for Wood. The win also elevated
Wood up to seventh place in the table, their highest position for
quite some time!
TEAM – Pearce,
Mead, Hughes, Davies (c), Wise, J Mead, Ogunseye, Caesar, Quiassaca,
SUBS – Taiwo,
Attendance - 45
Wood (AET) - Sat 6th September (FA Vase)
More late cry offs
threatened to ruin Wood's chances in this keenly contested FA Vase
tie at a sultry Oakley Road on Saturday. Green and Stewart looked
lively up top for the home side and Green had a shot blocked before
Embalo blazed over the bar for the visitors. Hyde produced a superb
save from Embalo before Holmesdale took the lead on 9 minutes when a
free kick, swung in from the right, saw Cumberbatch head home
unchallenged, Wood, no doubt, missing Will Boye's presence who was
unavailable due to holidays. Hyde denied Embalo again and harding
volleyed well over as Wood sought an equaliser and that arrived on 21
minutes. Sotoniwa did well in defence and found Quiassaca. He put
Embalo away, clearly not offside, and he rounded Hyde to score
easily. Pearce saved well to deny the rampaging Stewart and he did
better to deny the same player with his legs. But the home striker
could not be denied in the 32nd minute. A rather harsh
foul was given which was quickly taken to Stewart. He spun sharply
and finished well to make it 2-1. On 41 minutes it was 3-1 via the
penalty spot when Green was allegedly fouled on the corner of the
area. Collier sent Pearce the wrong way and two incidents soon after
suggested the referee was not in full control with both sides guilty
of cynical fouls which went unpunished save for free kicks. Half time
gave everyone a chance to cool down.
On 49 minutes it was
3-2 when Embalo headed home unmarked from a right hand side free kick
from Wise, not unlike Holmesdale's opening goal. It was game on now
and the home side looked edgy and were certainly quieter. Quiassaca
fired just over the bar from 25 yards and Hyde made two superb blocks
before Embalo's effort was, somehow, blocked up and over the bar.
Ogunseye replaced Wise who had a decent return to the side but is
clearly not match fit yet. Pearce in the Wood goal continued to
entertain what crowd he could find with his antics and commentary
before a Holmesdale player (16) was booked (many numbers didn't match
the team sheet for some reason). Joe Mead replaced the injured
Davies. Wood looked sharper now but were not at their best but Embalo
completed his hat trick when teed up by Harding, he smashed the ball
home off the far post. From a corner, an excellent downward header
was cleared off the line by Hughes and Joe mead produced a fine
clearance as Holmesdale threatened to regain the lead. However, on 81
minutes, A fine run and finish from Ogunseye put Wood ahead but that
lead lasted just 3 minutes as Stewart showed great feet before
smasing home off the under side of the bar. Prescott was booked and
caesar cleared superbly before a second yellow card for 16 saw the
home side down to ten men. In stoppage time an innocuous long free
kick saw the referee award a penalty, for what nobody knows, which
Pearce saved well to his left.
In extra time, Hyde
saved well from Embalo and denied Ogunseye and, with all subs used
and Stewart clearly injured, the home side had 9 fit players on the
field. Taiwo should have been booked for a foul but in the 110th
minute, Wood went ahead when Joe mead put Embalo away. Hyde only got
one hand to the ball and the pacy striker netted his fourth goal
which proved to be the winner, earning a home tioe against Shoreham
in October in the next round. An exciting tie at times with Wood
happy to progress against a similar side to themselves.
TEAM – Pearce,
Mead, Wise, Davies (c), Sotoniwa, Caesar, Quiassaca, Taiwo, Hughes,
SUBS – Ogunseye,
Wood U18 13-0 Spelthorne
Sports U18 - Thur 4th September
Wood's new look under
18 side got off to a flying start against league new boys, Spelthorne
Only 5 players (four
who played tonight) remain from last season and they certainly showed
their intention to have a succesful season.
Having missed several
chances already, Wood went ahead on 11 minutes when Dacres-Smith
found Stevenson and he chipped home delightfully from 25 yards.
Fidler and Brooker wasted glorious chances before it was 2-0 on 22
minutes when Brooker fed Burke and he rounded Kieran Williams in the
Spelly goal to score. A good run and chip inches wide from Scully
suggested the visitors may rally but on 26 minutes it was 3-0 when
Brooker fed Stevenson and although Williams had a hand on the ball,
Stevenson nicked it away and scored from a tight angle. Two minutes
later it was 4-0 when a clearance hit the unfortunate Revell in the
face and the ball trickled into the corner of the net. Williams was
busy and doing quite well in goal but on 33 minutes it was 5-0 when
Burke and Brooker linked well for the latter to score having rounded
the keeper easily. Fidler made it 6 on 36 minutes and two minutes
later it was 7 when Brooker had far too much time before rifling a
drive home. Stevenson finished easily to make it 8-0 and Fidler set
up Francois for a neat finish right on half time.
King replaced Deverill
for Spelly. Dacres-Smith almost scored from the restart but it was
Spelthorne who opened the second half much better, pressing their
hosts higher up the field and Taras was forced into his first save
from a Solly header. Williams denied Nuur before it was double
figures on the hour mark when Nuur converted a Francois run and pass.
Jones replaced Nuur straightaway. It was 11-0 on 65 minutes when
Fidler finished off more excellent work from Francois before
Magala-Bryan and Agypong replaced Lonergan and Brooker who had really
caught the eye. Crease replaced Gilbert for Spelly before it was 12-0
on 72 minutes when Agypong slipped Jones in for, yet another, neat
finish. Jones produced a moment of outrageous skill near the by-line
and King and Gargan continued to work tirelessly for the vistors.
Hall replaced Rowe before Wood made it 13-0 right on time when a
Fidler run and slightly deflected shot sailed into the net.
Such one sided results
make gauging this Wood side difficult but the attitude was spot on
all night and there is plenty of obvious talent available. One would
think a tougher test lies ahead aagainst Egham Town on Monday night,
lights permitting! Fair play to Spelthorne too who will learn from
the experience and they should improve accordingly.
Wood 6-1 Bedfont
Sports - Sat 30th August
This was more like it
from Wood as they put Monday's disappointing day well and truly
behind them. Eli Ogunseye returned to the squad and Charlie Emery was
a midweek new signing.
Mooney saw a volley
deflected over as Sports forced three early corners and Caesar for
the home side tried two efforts as the game settled into a decent
rhythm. Green cut out an Embalo threat but it was already clear that
the home side's pace up top was a real threat and Green was cautioned
for hauling back Sotoniwa. Ottoway, at left back, looked in good nick
when twice cutting out a Bedfont threat and Wines in the visitors
goal was alert to deny Embalo who had earlier fired off the target on
two occasions. Sam Mead fed Sotoniwa but he scuffed a shot past the
far post and Fearn was booked for a pull back on Harding. Mooney
beat Ottoway but his shot was tipped behind by Pearce and Hughes
defended well as Sports contined to threaten the Wood goal. The back
four was solid however, particularly in the air where Wood have had
problems over recent years. Quiassaca, on his game today, crossed
superbly but Embalo's header went downwards and bounced up against
the bar and the chance went begging. Wood went ahead on 41 minutes.
Harding lost control but won the ball back and he set up Embalo for
the easiest of tap ins. A groundhopper, all the way from Wigan (!),
was enjoying the game and half time arrived with the visitors having
forced no less than ten corners and a tentative lead for Wood.
Sotoniwa's instep drive
rattled the crossbar following more fine play from Caesar before
Bedfont levelled on 53 minutes. Green had a free header blocked but
Sitch was alert to attack the box before curling an excellent shot
into the far corner. Wood regained the lead three minutes later
following some patient midfield passing. Embalo hit the byline and
pulled back for Harding who fired home confidently. Read replaced
Roberts for Bedfont and Hughes failed to connect after Wines spilled
a cross shot. Wines tipped a Caesar drive behind as Wood began to
dominate the game since Bedfont equalised. Sitch was booked for a
foul on 64 minutes and Caesar's free kick was missed by everyone
except Boye, ghosting in at the far post to head home a decisive
third goal. And a minute later, it was 4-1 when Embalo and Harding
combined again, much like the second goal, for the latter to finish
well again. Burdon replaced Sotoniwa before some desperate Wood
defending ensued as Bedfont continued to take the game to the home
side. When they were beaten, Pearce was in no mood to concede pulling
of numerous good saves and brave blocks. Bokowski replaced Byron and
Williams came on for Sam Mead. Pearce made a spectacular, if
unnecessary save for the photographer, who wasn't there; Upjohn
replaced Pitt and Wood made it 5-1 on 80 minutes when Harding, on the
left, returned the two earlier compliments in setting up Embalo for
his second goal from a tight angle. Ogunseye replaced the impressive
Quiassaca and Pearce made two further excellent saves. In the second
minute of stoppage time it was 6-1 (a bit hard on Bedfont) when
Ogunseye and Embalo linked well on the right for the former to finish
excellently into the far corner.
A full bench, no cards
issued, good match officials and six Wood goals. Just about the
perfect day against a Bedfont side who played a full part in the
entertainment in forcing eighteen corners, numerous saves and will
have better days defensively.
TEAM – Pearce, S
Mead, Ottoway, Davies (c), Boye, Sotoniwa, Quiassaca, Caesar, Hughes,
SUBS – Ogunseye,
Taiwo, Burdon, Emery, Williams.
Attendance - 33
Raynes Park Vale
3-0 Wood - Mon 25th August
Wood, with only 12
available players, ended up well beaten at Grand Drive following a
controversial moment in the second half.
The first half, played
in driving rain was, largely forgettable with Vale dominating the
first 20 minutes but Wood gradually forced their way into the game.
Lee Pearce made a couple of decent saves but Vale were generally
wasteful with their opportunities. Two decent efforts from Caesar had
the Vale keeper scurrying and saving and Wood should have had a
penalty when Hughes was clearly tripped on the corner of the box.
The second period
looked to be going nowhere as well with lame efforts from both sides
although Sotoniwa got to the line and pulled back to nobody and
Embalo looked to have been tripped in the area but, again, nothing
given. Vale were workmanlike, if unspectacular and they were handed a
huge advantage when Sotoniwa retaliated on Moore who had kicked out
at the Wood midfielder. Wood were down to ten men while Moore was
only cautioned, a
Apart from the tireless
Hughes, Wood were losing their heads rather and Quiassaca was booked
for an outburst and on 80 minutes came the crucial first goal when
Sehu released Hickford who finished neatly. Wood tried to press on
leaving gaps at the back now. Mussard replaced Williams and Wood went
three at the back and on 86 minutes, the game was up when a Forbes
shot deflected wickedly of Boye giving Pearce no chance; a goal that
summed up Wood's day. In the fifth minute of stoppage time, Moore
rubbed salt into the deep Wood wounds when rounding Pearce and
netting from a tight angle following some catastrophic, car crash
Wood will need to put
this game out of their minds, and quickly. The no shows hurt as did
the ill discipline on the field. A major shake up looks likely ahead
of bedfont Sports' visit on Saturday.
TEAM – Pearce,
Mead, Davies (c), Boye, Hughes, Williams, Sotoniwa, Caesar, Harding,
SUB – Mussard.
44 and a
Wood 3-2 Epsom
& Ewell - Sat 23rd August
A depleted 13 man Wood
side, due to a wedding and holidays, took to the Wibbandune pitch
against a side with a superb recent record against the South London
side. There were late call ups for Borkloe (not 100% fit) and Bakici
from last season's youth team, with Borkloe completing a full 90
It was Wood who opened
the scoring on 5 minutes when Embalo skipped past former Wood player,
Tanton, and he pulled the ball back for Harding whose neat finish
past another ex Wood player in goalkeeper, Eacott, lifted the home
support. A penalty shout was turned down, rightly, with The Salts
defender having unintentionally blocked Embalo's drive but it rteally
should have been 2-0 on 20 minutes when a superb Caesar pass put
Embalo away put he fired straight at the sprawling Eacott and the
chance was gone. Taylor should have been cautioned for pulling back a
rampant Taiwo and Quiassaca fired straight at Eacott as Wood
continued to threaten a second goal. Pearce, in the Wood goal, had
made just one catch in the opening 25 minutes although a fine angled
pass from Smith saw Marvell volley well wide before Epsom had a
strong penalty shout turned down when Boye clattered into Taylor.
Wood fell asleep to a quick throw in and taylor pulled the ball back
well but there was not a single visiting player in sight. On 33
minutes, the, otherwise, excellent Caesar was caught on the ball and
Pearce made a fine block from the onrushing Marvell, the visitors
best player by a long way. Davies cleaned up any further danger.
Marvell and Taylor combined again with the latter's powerful header
going well wide and Boye offered more heroic defending when he denied
Robinson at the far post. Eacott spilled a low cross and Sotoniwa saw
his shot cleared off the line and Embalo headed over ahead of Eacott
following good play from Harding.
HT 1-0 – A deserved
lead but an even game as half time approached.
Dewar replaced Farrell.
Dan Hughes arrived from the Joe Mead wedding to take his place on the
bench. Eacott made a good claim before Harding was booked for
dissent. Taiwo did well again to find Quiassaca but he shot wide
despite good build up play and Davies provided a superb towering
defensive header as Wood fought to hold on to their lead. However, on
56 minutes, it was 1-1 when Marvell retrieved a wayward cross and his
far post cross was volleyed home by the unmarked Dewar. Sotoniwa and
Caesar both received cautions following a midfield melee and Sotoniwa
fired wide of the far post before Wood regained the advantage on 70
minutes. A short free kick from Davies found Quiassaca on the right.
He hit the perfect far post cross where Taiwo looped a fine header
over Eacott. Taylor netted from an offside position before it was all
square again on 76 minutes. Dewar did well on the right and his cross
(it just couldn't have been a shot) sailed over Pearce and into the
net. A short break to repair the goal net allowed for a drinks break
and some “banter” (the football word of the week) between the
visiting bench and home spectators. Eacott saved easily from Taiwo
and, from a throw in by Quiassaca, Harding back heeled neatly to
Embalo but he blazed his shot over the bar. Hughes replaced Quiassaca
on 84 minutes and Pearce just did enough to tip a Robinson half
volley over the bar as both sides went for maximum points. A superb
cut out from Boye allowed Caesar to break but his drive was tipped
around the far post by Eacott before Wood won the game in the second
minute of stoppage time. Caesar fed Embalo on the left of the box. He
dropped a shoulder on a defender and fired powerfully past Eacott at
his front post.
Cue girl like screams
from male spectators who really should know better!
A deserved three points
ahead of a tough derby match on Monday morning.
TEAM – Pearce,
Borkloe, Davies (c), Boye, Williams, Quiassaca, Sotoniwa, Caesar,
Harding, Taiwo, Embalo.
SUBS – Hughes,
Attendance - 40
Wood 0-1 Lordswood - Sat 16th August
Wood exited from the
Cup at the first hurdle with a below par performance at Wibbandune on
Byott saved a Quiassaca
shot as Wood opened strongly against a nervy looking Lordswood
defence but the visitors soon found their stride going forward. A low
cross was miskicked by Smith and, with the goal gaping, Munn failed
to connect. Ottoway shot well wide before a Haffner chip into the
area was headed wide by Hallett. Byott claimed well ahead of Harding
and Boye cleared following a complete miskick by Pearce in the Wood
goal. Woodhouse overhit a cross for Quiassaca and sam mead blocked
and Englefield shot as the game ebbed and flowed. Byott claimed a
Woodhouse long range effort whilst Pearce did exactly the same from a
Haffner effort. Caesar drove just over from 30 yards but Wood were
finding it hard to make real inroads into the Lords organised
defence.Kane received a free kick unmarked in the area but he miscued
his hooked volley and Harding had a volley blocked before Williams
cut out a dangerous Hallett pass well. Just on half time, Embalo, bak
from suspension, was in but Byott saw him off well.
Hallett as the second half started as the first had ended with Embalo
having a one on one with Byott but he saved the day one handed.
Davies blocked a Simmons shot before Byott denied Harding with his
Lordswood went ahead
59 minutes when a long ball caught out the Wood defence and Smith had
all the time in the world to drive home easily. Hughes replaced
Williams. Embalo rampaged to the goal line and his pull back was
somehow cleared over the bar by Wells. Woodridge replaced Smith and
Joe Mead replaced Ottoway. Caesar fouled Haffner but his free kick
went well over the bar before Taiwo replaced Quiassaca. Embalo
brought a pass down well but his chipped shot was weak. Crump
replaced Munn. Woodhouse curled over the bar and Englefield almost
punished some lax defending but Pearce tipped his shot wide. Boye was
injured and a long stoppage ensued. Pearce went up for a corner but
mistimed an overhead kick and from a long goal kick Woodhouse was in
but volleyed over from ten yards summing up Wood's rather lethargic
display. They did create more chances but the visitors looked the
better all round team and deservedly progressed. We wish them well.
TEAM – Pearce,
Mead, Davies (c), Boye, Williams, Ottoway, Quiassaca, Caesar,
Harding, Woodhouse, Embalo.
SUBS – J Mead,
Hughes, Taiwo, Sotoniwa.
Attendance - 32
The Winning Goal Here
Groundhopper Report Here
Molesey 2-1 Wood - Tue 12th August
Driving rain at kick
off failed to dampen what proved to be a keenly fought game at the
new look Walton Road. Wood were without skipper, Will Boye while
Mario Embalo was serving the last of his four match ban.
Molesey were off to a
flyer and were awarded a penalty for a shove by Sotoniwa which Pearce
saved well to his left from Baxter. The resultant corner was headed
off the line and pearce saved well by tipping an effort over the bar.
But Molesey's early dominance was not to be denied when slack marking
allowed Palmer to drive home into the far corner. Pearce made a brave
claim and a fine angled ball from Ottoway saw Allen hurt in the Moles
goal area after a collision with Harding. Sotoniwa was booked for a
challenge on Grobler which was barely a foul and Palmer drove wide
from 18 yards. The pitch, though flat and green really needs broad
leaf weed treatment and the improved floodlights need some fine
tuning but the enclosed feel gave the sense of a Ryman South game;
certainly the football and effort was worthy of that at times! Caesar
had a shot deflected wide following good work from Harding and a free
kick awarded to Molesey may have been a Wood penalty on another day;
the referee tending to favour the home side. Spencer headed well over
from a corner but on 32 minutes Wood were level. Harding was hauled
back on the goal line (no caution???) and Ottoway drilled the ball to
the front post which was curling in before Lewington, the Moles
skipper, had the final touch to ensure parity.
Both sides continued to
bellow at a nervous referee and a long ball was well taken down by
McShane. Pearce blocked his effort and the follow up from Baxter went
inches wide. McShane did really well to clear a Davies header off the
line and the hard working Harding left Weighill floundering before
his cross was cleared. Davies was booked for pulling back Palmer.
Allen did well early in
the second half to deny Quiassaca and Windsor headed over as the
battle re commenced and pearce tipped a Rodney drive wide before an
elegant bit of skill from Wood's left back Ottoway had even the home
fans applauding. It was a watchable and enjoyable game marred only by
a rather hesitant referee. Pearce tipped a deflection off Sam Mead
wide and the Wood stopper denied Palmer, again, as Moles began to get
on top. Joe Mead replaced Burdon.
That Molesey dominance
was rewarded on 66 minutes when a fine ball to the far post saw
Baxter chest the ball neatly down and smash it home with Pearce
having no chance.
Taiwo and Fidler replaced Sotoniwa for Wood.
offside, fired well over and McShane hit the bar before a sublime
pass from Caesar put Quiassaca in with only the keeper to beat but he
lobbed his effort wide. In stoppage time, a fine Wood move saw Fidler
in on the left but he slotted the chance inches wide of the far post.
Harding was booked as the final whistle sounded. No doubt much relief
for the home side who ended their Wood hoodoo and maintained their
Wood will go into
Saturday's FA Cup tie in good spirits and with a full squad
TEAM – Pearce,
Williams, Ottoway, S Mead, Davies (c), Burdon, Sotoniwa, Caesar,
Quiassaca, Harding, Taiwo.
SUBS – Fidler, J
Mead, Hughes, Woodhouse.
Wood 2-1 Windsor - Sat 9th August
Unfortunately, cricket commitments meant I wasn't at this game
but, by all accounts, our 12 available players put in a good shift to defeat Windsor at home for the first time. Nathan Jones
gave the visitors a 31st minute lead but, following a booking for skipper, Will Boye, Darren Caesar levelled on 41 minutes.
He put Wood ahead on 49 minutes from the penalty spot and Wood worked tirelessly to defend that lead to the end to secure
our first points of the season
Molesey away on Tuesday may require more of the same!
TEAM - Pearce, Williams, Ottoway, Davies, Boye, Burdon, Sotoniwa, Caesar, Quiassaca, D Harding, Taiwo.
SUB - Fidler.
Wood 0-3 Ashford Town -
Wed 6th August
remain without a
goal or a point from their first two league matches as they lost 0-3
to a well organised and entertaining Ashford Town at Wibbandune.
Wood could have gone
ahead on 3 minutes but Tobin denied Woodhouse and that miss was
punished on 6 minutes when Beadle was allowed too much time and he
finished easily past Pearce. It was 2-0 on 10 minutes when some neat
passing was finished well by Dan Fleming from close range. Tobin was
continually alert in the Tangerines goal denying Dan Harding and two
Bitmead low crosses just eluded Pearce's far post. Dan Harding was
denied by a superb block and Ashford missed a double chance to put
the game out of sight, the second effort hitting the upright.
Finally, a fine Woodhouse run ended with a chipped shot inches wide
of the far post.
The vistors continued
to react first to any loose balls while Wood's passing game was
thwarted by quick closing down all over the park. Pearce denied
Beadle and saved easily from Fleming and Webb as Ashford dominated.
Sotoniwa replaced Williams and Mitchell replaced the yellow carded
Quiassaca and, although both sides were similar in their style of
play, the occasional direct ball added to a passing format, Ashford
were, quite simply, better at it. Pearce, again, denied Bitmead and
Tobin saved with his feet from Woodhouse before Joe Hughes missed an
open goal for Ashford. Joe Mead replaced Ottoway before Joe Hughes
missed again from close range. Woodhouse was dismissed for a second
yellow card and, on 88 minutes, Curtis curled a shot home to claim
the three points.
supported, will be a candidate for the CCL title on this showing,
they did play very well, while Wood badly missed Owen Davies and
Mario Embalo. Not everyone will agree with me but I thought the
referee did very well, certainly making fewer mistakes than many of
the players on show!
Good to see a decent
attendance at Wibbandune which was looking in good nick apart from
the visitors shower pump not working. Our apologies but these things
Windsor at home on
Saturday at 3pm; another tough test but Wood, I am sure, will be fine
Williams, Hughes, S Mead, Boye, Ottoway, J Harding, Caesar,
Quiassaca, D Harding, Woodhouse.
Subs – J Mead,
Mitchell, Burdon, Taiwo, Sotoniwa.
Attendance - 126
Superb Match Photos Here (David Bauckham)
|Wood v Ashford Under The Lights at Wibbandune
Hartley Wintney 1-0 Wood (Brief HWFC Report)