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

September 5, 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.

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U9 Colts, runners up at the Thame Tournament

June 8, 2015 at 6:24 pm | Posted in Match Reports, Under 9s | Leave a comment

Our U9 Colts have come up runners up at the Thame 6 a side tournament.

In our group stage we won 3 and drew 3, (conceding only 1 goal) beating Prestwood Colts 1-0, Bedgrove Colts 1-0 and Haddenham Panthers 3-1 (coming from behind to win comfortably). We drew 0-0 to Chalfont St Peter, 0-0 to Seer Green Colts and 0-0 to Ducklington Blues. Our 12 points from 6 games saw us top the group and progress into the final against Prestwood Colts.

Having beaten Prestwood in the group stage, meeting them again in the final proved one game to many for our boys who sadly came out second best losing 0-2.

A lot of positives can be taken from the colts performances throughout the tournament, in particular their hard work and desire. Their constant pressing of the opposition was to prove the hallmark of their performances, combined with great teamwork, very solid defending and taking our opportunities when they counted. It was great to watch. Well done boys.

U9s win Chorleywood Tournament

May 18, 2015 at 4:14 pm | Posted in Match Reports, Under 9s | Leave a comment

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Our U9s ‘Wildcats’ team have won the 2015 Chorleywood 7 a side Tournament!

In our group stage we faced AC Finchley North, Sarrat Rebels and Bessingby Park Rangers. The boys drew 1 and won 2 in the group stage, topping their group with some closely fought matches. The results: 1-1 against Finchley. 1-0 against Sarratt and 2-1 against Bessingby.

In the quarter finals we faced Bessingby Park Rangers Jaguars (their other team) winning 1-0 with some fantastic passing setting up a great goal. We then faced Everrett Blues in the semi-final, winning 2-0 with a thoroughly dominant performance from start to finish barely leaving their half of the pitch. For the final the boys faced Harpenden with a very close and evenly matched game ending in a 0-0 draw. This sent the final straight into a tense penalty shootout, with Westwood Park coming out on top 3-0. A thoroughly deserved win to claim our first ever piece of silverware.

It was fantastic to see how well they all performed, scoring 10 goals (including the 3 penalties) and conceding only 2 throughout the whole tournament. This was testament to their hard work in pressing the opposition relentlessly. Coupled with solid defending, dependable keeping, some great runs down both flanks and dominating the middle of the pitch they thoroughly deserved their victory. Well done boys.

Loudwater Tournament – 23rd June 2012

July 13, 2012 at 10:17 pm | Posted in Match Reports, Under 9s | Leave a comment

Squad: Alex, Aakash, Akshay, Archie, Charles, Kian, Milan & Sachin

After so much rain the night before our pitch was waterlogged so we were moved to the lower pitch which was nearly twice the size of the other pitches. I agreed to play 7 a side even though this left me with no subs. Adam practiced with the boys on corner routines trying to get them to shoot with a header (what great training routine this would prove to be).

Group Games

Marlow United – Won 1-0 Scorer Sachin
Our first game up was against a good Marlow team. We had played them several times before in league and cup games and it has always been tight. This was no different with most of the game played in the middle of the park. Kian started off in goal in this game and was full of confidence. He commanded his area well and released the ball quickly when needed. He was protected by Milan, Akshay and Archie who all worked and communicated well with each other. Charles and Aakash worked hard down the wings like Lennon and Bale but also had the midfield toughness of Parker and artistry of Modric. That leaves me Sachin who was our brave heart up front (this boy shows no fear). Late in the game with only a few chances for each side Sachin muscled his way past a couple of Marlow players and drove a shot from the edge of the area in to the roof of the net.

Bourne End A – Drew 0-0
This I think was the better of the Bourne End teams who like us played some really nice free flowing football. Both teams kept their positions well which meant there weren’t many shots on goal. Having said that Archie did have a couple of chances up front and was really unlucky not to score. Aakash played in goal with Sachin, Akshay and Charles in front of him. Milan and Kian were our midfield dynamos.

Ruislip Rangers B – Won 2-0 Scorer Aakash & Charles
Having no established goalkeeper with us today we used our third stand in goalie Archie. I must say that we may not have the biggest bunch of reserve goalkeepers but we certainly have some of the toughest! Milan as usual was fantastic in defence not letting a player get past him, with Sachin and Kian supporting him and pushing up when we were attacking. Sachin found the ball just outside the area and rifled a shot at goal only for the goalkeeper to parry it away, right in front of Charles who was running in for the follow up. Charles tapped it in and we took a well deserved lead. Towards the end of the game Aakash curled a shot into the bottom right of the goal to secure victory. Another clean sheet!

Ruislip Rangers A – Lost 0-1

Next up was the better of the Ruislip teams. They played some very good passing football so it wasn’t long before we knew we were in for a tough match. It was end to end stuff and some really good exciting football played by both sides. Sachin played up front and in a tussle for the ball twisted his knee so had to come off. This left us with only six players so playing with seven damaged us (lessons learnt there Davies). The Ruislip coaches took one of their players off to make the game even again. The game looked like it might end in a draw until an excellent goal was scored by Ruislip curled into the top corner from outside of the area. Kian stood no chance in goal. That was the only difference between the sides in that game. The boys were down as we did not deserve to lose or concede a goal. This was how focused they were as a team on winning this tournament! After we had our end of game team talk all the boys said let’s win this for Sachin. I could not believe that 8 & 9 year old boys would have such camaraderie! Why not I hear you ask; we are Westwood Park and that’s what we are all about!

Bourne End B – Won 3-0 Scorer Milan, Akash & Akshay
Now that Sachin was injured we were down to six players, which normally would have been ok had we been playing on a six a side pitch. I asked Adam to see if we could use one of our colts players to help out. Alex Walker stepped up to the task and took his place in goal. Archie, Charles and Kian played in defence, Aakash and Akshay in Midfield and Milan up front. After several games in defence I gave Milan a go up front as a wanted a go at it. Fine, I said but don’t let me down! I didn’t have to wait long until before a fine move between Aakash and Akshay set Milan up to slot one home. This was soon followed by a goal from Aakash. The goalie and defence did not have much to do as we completely controlled this game. Akshay got bundled over and was winded. I got him up, told him to take a couple of deep breaths and carry on; he went straight up the field and belted one into the top left hand corner of the goal (don’t mess with the Akshay). Another clean sheet!

Semi Final – Ruislip Rangers B – Won 1-0 Scorer Charles
I knew this game was going to be a tighter affair as it was the semi final. I was right as Ruislip B were pressing us more with some great passing and movement of their players. We held firm with some great defensive tackles coming in from Archie and Milan. All I could hear from the other side of the pitch was “don’t let it bounce” (Adam’s instructions to the boys to be first to the ball). And it worked with with Kian first with his head to every ball in the air! We then started making mistakes and Alex in what must of been his first touch of the ball picked up a back pass. Ruislip B had a free kick from close range. Kian flew out to block it and the ball went over the bar. Phew! We now started to press with Aakash, Charles and Kian all going close. We then got a free kick way out on the touchline. Adam called all bar one forward and for Charles to cross one over into the box. And this is exactly what Charles did but for it only to go over everyone’s head and in off the far post. High fives all round! Have I mentioned yet about a clean sheet!

Final – Ruislip Rangers A – Won 1-0 Scorer Archie
Now for the final! Having watched all the games I think the best two teams deserved to be in the final. Having said that Ruislip A did squeeze through their semi final on a sudden death penalty shoot out! The first couple of minutes saw a fast and furious pace to the game. Archie was up front supported by Charles and Aakash. Alex in goal with Milan, Kian and Akshay in defence. We started to boss the game with some great runs from Charles and Aakash on the wings and Akshay through the middle. Several times we went close but their goalkeeper played a blinder. On one attack we got caught and Ruislip steamed forward. Alex was off his line and the Ruislip winger hit the ball over his head luckily only to hit the top of the bar. Double phew! This was the last Alex would see of the ball as Milan, Kian and Akshay kept Ruislip at bay while the others kept busy peppering the Ruislip goal! With only a couple of minutes to go we got a free kick awarded in near enough the same spot Charles scored from in the semi final. And again Adam’s instructions were clear, ” Charles you take it, deliver it into the box for one of our boys to head one home”! This time Charles got it right, right into the centre, where Archie launched himself and headed the ball into the roof of the net! What a great goal! Westwood Park Mums, Dads, brothers, sisters and coaches lost it and went ballistic (only for a few seconds mind you)! Adam, brought Sachin on for the last minute or two just so he could get a run out in the final.

Champions!

Adam and I were so proud of our Westwood Park troopers. They played for each other, supported each other and played as a team. This is why we won our first tournament.

Thanks boys you made your Coaches Parents and Club very proud of you!

Well done.

Paul & Adam

Aston Clinton tournament, Sunday 1st July 2012

July 11, 2012 at 12:33 pm | Posted in Match Reports, Under 9s | Leave a comment

We took one team on our annual trip to Aston Clinton for our last tournament of the season. As usual we were in a group of 6 teams, giving us 5 matches before a possible semi final.

Squad: Aakash, Akshay, Alex W, Charles, Chris M, Kian, Luke, Sam

The group contained three teams we hadn’t played before, Watford Youth, Chesterton Juniors (from near Bicester) and Southall Youth. Our first match was against Watford Youth and after a slow start we got into our stride with some good flowing passing football. This was rewarded with a fine goal from Alex, who was enjoying a rest from goalkeeping duties with Chris taking the gloves for all bar one game. Charles then converted a penalty awarded for handball; a rising drive into the roof of the net which gave the Watford keeper no chance. Finally, a passing move involving all the players was finished well by Luke. Despite our dominance, they had a couple of chances and from one of them Chris made a fine reflex save to keep their score blank. A great start.

Next up were Chesterton Juniors and once again, despite a slow start we improved as the game went on; Luke scored 2 early goals either side of a goal from Aakash; 3-0 up after 4 minutes allowed us to make a change or two and play the game out easily.

Our third match was always going to be the most difficult, against Southall Youth. They play in the Harrow League which is full of strong and physical teams; it would be a good test of our progress this season. The game itself was a cracker, full of end to end attacking football. We had a chance to score in the first 3 minutes when their keeper miscued a clearing kick straight to Luke who shot over the bar from 10 yards. Alex gave Chris a rest in goal and kept a clean sheet, including a couple of smart saves. A 0-0 draw was a very credatable effort against the side who would eventually qualify top and win the final.

Matches 4 & 5 were against Risborough Rangers and Aston Clinton. After two wins and a draw with no goals conceded we were expecting another couple of wins but Risborough came out strongly and after a defensive mix up they took the lead. This would test the team, who had not yet been behind in the tournament. Our patience was rewarded when Aakash, after a period of sustained pressure and several close calls from our corners turned at the far post and hit a shot into the far top corner. A 1-1 draw was a fair result. Aston Clinton proved to be one of the the weaker teams in the group and we cruised to a 3-0 lead with a Luke hat trick.

Finishing second to Southall Youth in the group, who were unbeaten, meant a semi final against the Group A winners, Southall Town. Their team is full of academy players and play a very quick passing game and would prove to be strong opponents. By this stage Alex was injured, reducuing our squad options. However, we had our best start of the tournament so far and quickly put them under pressure. In the 3rd minute, Luke scored with a great right foot shot across the keeper and into the far corner. They were certainly rattled and we won two corners in quick succession but sharp clearances and good goalkeeping combined to keep us out. Then Luke was taken out just outside the box and the resulting free kick from Luke was brilliantly tipped onto the post and away by their (U8) keeper. Soon afterwards with a lightning quick counter attack, Southall equalised; despite Chris’s great save the ball looped up and just under the bar. Half time: 1-1 and all to play for. Southall started the first half much better than they had the first half and we were soon under pressure. We held them for a while but when one of our rare attacks broke down, they broke quickly and with a 3 on 2 scored their second. We then had to attack to try and get the equaliser and conceded again to put the result beyond doubt. A really good performance from all the team against very strong, and sometimes over robust, team.

Well done to all the boys.

Ian and Adam

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