Oakwood Foresters- under 14’s
Oakwood Foresters started life in the Tyro League in Div 4 – we have had 3 successive promotions and start next season proudly in Div 1 having earned the right to be there. Myself and Guy run the team and by our own admission we are not the best coaches in the world, we are not the most gifted technically and we do not pretend to know the game inside and out.
Our philosophy is to ensure our player train hard, are respectful and above all enjoy themselves. Over the past 4 seasons we have had very few players leave. By maintaining the nucleus of our team and adding the right players when we have had the need to, we have built a strong and talented team.
Our biggest achievement has been to get promoted to division 3 and then Div 2 and to win both leagues without dropping a single point. This is quite an achievement when you consider even the best sides have off days ! This years promotion came from an all round team performance throughout the season. Capped off with every player (including the keeper) scoring at least one goal. The boys have worked hard to achieve this and should be very proud. We have achieved this with the fantastic support
of our parents and their families as well as brilliant support from our generous sponsor
Darren Plunkett (Rowmac Building services – for all you building needs)
This year we also got to the Semi-Finals of the Hampshire Cup narrowly losing 1-0. We head into next year with hopefully a settled side and an appetite to succeed.
What makes our team so good ?
Ollie is our keeper – proper old fashion screw loose keeper – absolutely solid ! been with us since under 6’s.
Rhys- versatile full back – stuck him up front and he scored 2 in one half ! Rhys has also been with Oakwood from the start and it has been great seeing Rhys develop and constantly improve.
Mason - long range goal specialist and one of the most dedicated players in the team.
Kian - since joining the team we have not lost a league game – ultra quick and strong in the tackle
Luke C - absolute rock at the back – he is the “Guvnor” of our team
Josh - brilliant player – brave in the tackle and versatile. We love having Josh in our team
Harry - never been seen without a ball. Scored some superb goals this season, absolute mountain for us
Sam - The toughest midfielder in the leagues bar none. The ball sticks to his feet, look out anyone who fouls Sam !!
Levi – Perfect midfielder – does the simple stuff so well – strong in the tackle and excellent at passing
James - Joined us this year and has been a revelation – his work down the left and his ability to score has to make him one of the best wingers in the leagues.
Vini - An accomplished full back – nothing get past him. He has a level head and will always pick out the right pass. Joined last years and has been a fantastic acquisition.
Luke N - versatile, quick and skilful – plays excellent wherever he plays – put him up front and he scored 4 in one game – enough said !
Will - a good old fashioned striker – always in the right place at the right time when it counts – a real asset to have in the team
Henry - strong reliable and 100% committed. We are so pleased that Henry chooses to play for us – his skill and enthusiasm are fantastic in equal measure.
Robbie - Fast as lightening with equally fast feet. Scored 26 goals last season to take the golden boot. Robbie is a constant threat wherever we play him – he always gievs 100% and is a pleasure to have in the team.
Reece - Everyone know how good Reece is ! – he is our key in the centre of midfields. Skilful, tough and very intelligent, another player we love having in our team.
Guy (Manager / Coach ) a patient and thorough man. 100% dedicated to Oakwood Youth FC. Guy has been with us for a number of years and must take full credit for our success by constantly bringing in new drills working on areas to improve.
Bruno (Coach) Joined us this year as a coach studying at Solent university. Has had a very positive impact on the team, Bruno is focused and committed and an asset to the team and club.
Rich (Manager) The brains behind the success, always making the right changes that seem to make the difference, sometimes more by luck than judgment. He has managed the team since they formed at U7, true dedication!
Rich Stapleton “Proud to be Oakwood”