Respect Award for Dynamos

22/06/2017 at 5:19 pm | Posted in Match Reports | Leave a comment

Westwood Park Dynamos are the proud winners of the Chiltern Church League U9 Respect Award for the season 2016-17.

This award is voted for by other clubs in the league and is a team award for respect, fair play and good sportsmanship. There were 15 teams in the U9 league this season so it is a really nice award to win and reflects the really great bunch of kids we have and the friendliness and sportsmanship of our dedicated coaches. Great job and a nice end to an enjoyable season.

Respect Trophy

U11 Colts win their division cup final

08/05/2017 at 10:02 am | Posted in Match Reports, Under 11s | Leave a comment

Our U11 Colts team playing in the Yellow Division of the South Bucks league, have won their league cup final.

The final was played at Thame football ground and we were designated the home team. 10 minutes before the match we were taken into the home dressing room to give our final team talk before kickoff. Then the boys made their way into the tunnel before being lead out onto the pitch where each player had their name called out over the announcement system.

The first ten minutes was a nervy affair with Wendover starting the brighter team. Wendover packed the middle of the park and this allowed them to pick up all the 50/50 balls as we struggled to get into the game. The boys slowly built themselves into it but we still came under threat from the large Wendover centre forward as they looked to release him early. Samuel, Jasper and Srijith worked hard to neutralise this but Wendover looked the more threatening with a shot which came of our post after 12 minutes. As the game went on we began to look more dangerous with Patrick making a run down the left to win us a corner which he delivered perfectly into the box, but we failed to get a runner on the end of it. Wendover countered quickly and again put us under pressure at the back, forcing Leo into a fine reaction save, but he wasn’t quite able to keep hold of the ball which left us with hearts in our mouths as it looked to be rolling over the line but he recovered quickly to keep hold of the ball. It was about six minutes from half time when we were finally undone when Wendover caught us on the break and lashed one home to go ahead.

At half time we explained to the boys that they had to be patient and to keep working hard. We asked Charlie to take responsibility for their striker to try and minimise his impact from the long ball goal kicks. He did this superbly during the second half sitting a little deeper during the attacks and quickly picking him up during the transitions. This turned the tide of the game in our favour as Wendover looked to struggle without a target player to aim at. As Wendover began to tire we began to look like the better team with our passing game getting into full swing. Chris managed to get on the end of a loose ball and saw his lobbed effort go narrowly over the crossbar. Patrick also had a good effort on the left forcing the keeper to tip it over the bar. We were just beginning to think about making changes when Yuvva-Raj snatched an equaliser keeping his cool to slot one home, so for the last 10 minutes we held our nerve and kept with the formation. The boys kept the pressure on Wendover and another opportunity came when, under pressure from a goal kick they passed back to their goalkeeper who picked it up and conceded a free kick for a back pass. It was indirect and so Patrick rolled to the ball to Chris whose shot went just over the crossbar. Minutes from time Yuvva-Raj pressed a ball out from the back and Charlie cleaned up the loose ball and played it into the middle. It came back out to Zac who found himself in enough space to have a go and smashed it into the bottom corner to take us up 2 – 1 only minutes from time. For the last few minutes the boys held their composure to see out the game.

Well done boys on becoming the Yellow Division Cup winners. A fantastic end to a great season for the Colts.

New U9’s win Holmer Green Pre-season Tournament 2016

05/09/2016 at 10:04 pm | Posted in Match Reports, Under 9s | Leave a comment

Westwood Park Rovers and Westwood Park Dynamo’s both had a team entered into the 2016 Holmer Green Pre-season Tournament on 4th September. There were three Groups in the main competition and a colts competition. Both the Westwood Park teams were in the main competition with Holy Trinity as the only Chiltern Church League rival, the rest being from the Sunday League.

Both teams played their hearts out after a summer without football in their group stage. Dynamo’s then left the competition after the group stages but Rovers went through. With some big teams to play the likelihood of making the final seemed a long way away. It was Downley Dynamo’s in the quarter final and in a flash it was over and we had won 1-0. Next we faced Bedgrove Dynamo’s who had just taken their other team out through a penalty shoot out. This time our Rovers had caught the winning bug and came away with a brilliant 1-0 win. And now on to the final… and this was 12minutes instead of 8!!

If we could get a goal in early we would get them on the back foot, and with that within about 30 seconds we were 1-0 up. Then about 4minutes in we went 2-0 up. Surely they would get one back, but they tried and they tried and with the quality of our goal keeping and the defence they had no way back and Rovers went on to maintain their lead with a 2-0 win.

Well done to all.

U10s win 2016 Chorleywood Tournament

16/05/2016 at 12:02 pm | Posted in Match Reports, Under 10s | Leave a comment

We returned to the Chorleywood tournament as defending champions. In the group stage we faced Bessingby, winning 2-0 (a bright start which was unlike us!!). Sarrat Rebels Yellow came next and a disappointing 0-1 loss. The lads seem to think their work was done and pretty much fell asleep. Last in our group we faced Chorleywood Jaguars needing a result to stand a chance of going through to the cup competition. We came out comfortable winners 3-0, which saw us top the group with 6 points – the boys thankfully woke up!!!

In the quarter finals we faced Sarrat Rebels Black winning 2-1. A hard fought game but a deserved win. Next came TFA Bushey (a football academy from Bushey), the conquerors of Chorleywood in their quarter final. We won this comfortably with a dominant performance, 2-0, which saw us into the final for a second year running. In the final we faced Bushey & Oxhey. We went 1-0 after 5mins and were looking comfortable. Maybe a little too comfortable, with 3mins left a lapse in concentration allowed their equaliser and much like last year, meant the final was to be decided on penalties. Best of 5 which we ended up winning 4-2 with all of our penalties converted and converted competently giving the keeper no chance. Seb our keeper kept his nerve and made 2 fantastic penalty saves to ensure we retained the title for another year.

It was great to see the boys play some genuinely good football (in parts!). Their passing game was unmatched and our attacking play was fluid with some lovely finishing, scoring 10 goals over 6 matches (exc. the 4 penalties). Our defence was pretty resolute conceding only 3 goals throughout the tournament.

All in all it was a very good day for Westwood Park FC as our Colts side made it through to the semi-final of the plate competition before losing on penalties to our Saturday group the ‘Wolves’ run by Graham Warner. The Wolves then went onto to become runners up in the plate, unfortunately losing in the final on penalties to Bessingby. Well done to all the boys from WPFC U10s and what a great advert for the club.

A Game of 2 Halves

24/04/2016 at 9:33 pm | Posted in Match Reports | Leave a comment

Westwood United U17s 6-3 Westwood Rangers U17s

A Game of 2 Halves

This second meeting of the 2 Westwood Park teams was played in good spirit and saw huge fluctuations in momentum. Gary took a great call that the match should go ahead. Having cleared the excess water off the pitch Rangers started strongly, hitting the bar, before United broke away and Fergus showed good strength to break clear and place his shot into the corner.

It was a false dawn. Rangers, organised and showing good skill, came back with a vengeance. A long range strike eluded Ben, keeping for the first time since October and it was game on! A second long range shot and a neat header from a corner meant Rangers were 3-1 up at half time. United were off the pace, slow to challenge, wasteful in possession.

Colin’s inspired half time words [Colin:
err… words of desperation?] changed the match on his head. Kicking up hill United played with control, passing with thought and defending with passion.

Magnus’ great through ball saw Fergus pull one back. The momentum had changed and Ollie "right place right time" Ellis equalised from Fergus’ pinpoint cross. Whilst not one way traffic United sized the initiative, the midfield of Arjan, Craig, Magnus and Will were dictating more and a deflected free kick saw Fergus claim his hat trick. Fergus added 2 further goals and missed a penalty due to an outstanding save. Ollie Ellis also struck a superb curling shot just over.

It was a fantastic comeback, against a good team. Ben performed with increasing confidence in goal and Dan filled in well at centre back, whilst Aman, Jonny and Ed held firm.

With a couple of big games still to come, it’s good to see boys re-finding their form.

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