‘Wood’s’ Under 16’s travelled to Berkshire to take on Academy partners Reading FC at the home of the Royals, The Madejski Stadium.
The two sides met earlier in the campaign for a mid-season friendly at Meadow Park, where ‘Wood’s’ Under 16’s ran out 4-2 winners after a disciplined and professional performance. Reading were eager to put the footballing world back in balance following their shock defeat back in February.
Reading started the brighter of the two sides and looked comfortable in possession all over the park, passing the ball with tempo and purpose. ‘Wood’s’ shape however stood up to the task, marshaling the ball into wide positions and defending with great understanding and discipline.
‘Wood’ created a number of chances on the counter attack, but the final delivery let them down as the Royals keeper commanded his box excellently, collecting the ball expertly each time it was delivered into the danger area. The Royals missed the chance of the half when their forward broke the offside trap and rounded the keeper, only to be denied by Ben Goodliffe with a goal line clearance. Half time 0-0.
The 2nd half was much like the 1st, with Reading dominating possession and ‘Wood’ looking a threat on the counter attack. As the half went on Reading became more and more dominant, but ‘Wood’ remained resilient with resolute defensive performances across the back four.
Reading’s dominance in possession was rewarded with 10 minutes to go, when a quick fire double from superb outside the box gave Reading a 2-0 victory. Full time 2-0.
Under 16’s Manager Cameron Mawer said “I’m so proud of the boys. Today we showed great understanding and discipline against a top Academy side. If we were to score from one of our chances, who knows we could have caused another upset, but Reading are a class act and kept possession of the ball superbly.
“We said to the boys prior to the game to stay resolute and to work them into wide areas and win the ball back where possible, both their goals come from great strikes from outside the area, so we have to accept that, but we worked tirelessly to restrict them.
“A huge thank you to Reading for allowing my side and staff the experience of playing within such an amazing Stadium. It really does show the strength and respect of the relationship between the Clubs for them to allow us such a privilege. With the season now come to an end, we were double winners which is a huge achievement and I’m extremely excited to work with this group of players next year on a full-time basis as the majority are joining our Football/Education Academy at the Club.”
Boreham Wood Squad: Fred Burbidge, Sam Walsh, Sharmarke Muse, Josh Coldicote, Ben Goodliffe, Jack Gibbs, Sorba Thomas, Luke Lane, Alex Morgan, Lyes Titouah, Dan Creese, Nico Pennant, Tarell Annakie, Alex Radu. Shaquille Ishmael, Archie Pepper, Blake Nwoss, Ejike Akubude, Lucas Kennedy-Sinclair.