Thurs 12th April

Thurs 12th April 2012

SCFYL Corinthian Div U18

BOREHAM WOOD 1 v 0 BERKHAMSTED

The Youth Team produced another fine performance in their last match of the season and the Club is rightly proud of this group of players who gave the academy side from Boreham Wood a stiff test in an enthralling game.

To put the game in context, Wood have all but won this League, defeated Kings Langley 8-0 in the Challenge Cup semi-final last week and are also in the Final of the League Champions Cup as well as reaching the 1st round proper of the FA Youth Cup.

Joe set his side up to play a disciplined containing game in the first half and the lads followed his instructions to the letter. Wood of course had chances, hitting the woodwork twice, but after thirty minutes we had settled into a good rythm and started to play a bit ourselves, with Courtney Hart working hard up front to try and use his pace to unsettle Woods tight defence.

Just when it looked as though we would reach half time on level terms a tame shot from twenty yards slipped through our keepers hands to give the home side the lead.

A change of formation and personnel in the second half  gave our hard working midfield more chance to progress as we added a second striker. Wood started the second half on the attack  and Tom Calverly was called into action to make two smart stops.  Wood kept coming and Calverly made a superb save from point blank range to keep us in the game. Another attack saw us clear the ball of the line as we defended resolutely.

Again, we settled into a good period of play, keeping possession well and working hard to support our front players. Cooner Toomey had our best chance to equalise as we worked the ball across the pitch and released him onto the edge of the box, but his shot was well saved. The resulting corner caused problems, but a bouncing ball was hooked wide at the far post.

In the last fifteen minutes we looked the team most likely to score, with Jordan Aikman and Chris Chance threatening. But Woods defence, that has only conceded eight goals in the league, held firm.

A fast paced, exciting encounter came to an end with Berko still enjoying good possession, but unable to find the goal their performance deserved.

So, the end of another season and we say goodbye to the lads that are off to University and College, but the future looks bright for next season and congratulations to Joe and Biff on their seasons work.

Many of the remaining players will be involved in the Reserves Friendly at St Margaretsbury next Wednesday as Paul looks to incorporate this seasons up and coming youngsters into next seasons Suburban squad.

Squad: Calverly. Mcausland.Osborne. Beard. King(capt). Chance. Smith. Turner. Sedoi. Toomey. Hart.

Subs: Aikman. Lewis. Twelves. Reed. Pereira.

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