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Match Preview: Boreham Wood (A)

1 January 2020

The Bees make the short journey to Meadow Park as they take on Boreham Wood in the Vanarama National League on New Years Day. Match preview in association with LV Bet.

Nickname: The Wood

Manager: Luke Garrard 

Stadium: Meadow Park

League Position: 6th 

 

Form Guide:

Barnet last 5 = W3 D1 L1

Aldershot Town 0-0 Barnet

Maidenhead United 1-4 Barnet

Barnet 2-1 AFC Fylde

Barnet 5-2 Ebbsfleet United

Barrow 2-1 Barnet

 

Boreham Wood last 5 = W3 D2 L0

Boreham Wood 2-2 Eastleigh 

Boreham Wood 2-1 Harrogate Town

Dover Athletic 0-2 Boreham Wood

Boreham Wood 1-0 Woking

Notts County 2-2 Boreham Wood

 

The Bees 

The Bees head to Boreham Wood in good form and are now unbeaten in their last five games in all competitions following Saturday's goalless draw with Aldershot Town. Currie's side creates chances but had to settle for a point in an even contest.

However, they will be full of confidence and know that all three points will take them on the fringes of the playoff places. 

 

The Hosts 

The Wood themselves have been in fine form and they are unbeaten in nine league outings and they're now eighth in the Vanarama National League. They were stung by a late equaliser in their last outing when they faced Eastleigh on home soil, so they'll be keen to bounce back and take all three points this time out.

 

The Gaffer

Luke Garrard took over at Meadow Park in 2015 having represented the Wood in three different spells.

Having also played for the likes of Swindon Town, AFC Wimbledon, and Northwood, Garrard made his name with Boreham Wood and went onto make over 150 appearances for the North London team

As a manager, Garrard has led the Wood to 20th, 11th, 19th and, most notably, 4th placed finishes during his spell. His side reached the play-off final but were beaten by now League One side, Tranmere Rovers.

 

One to watch: Kabongo Tshimanga

Kabongo is the Wood's top goalscorer this season having found the net on 14 occasions.

For the first 3 years of his career, Tshimanga played for MK Dons but was loaned out on multiple occasions. After loan spells with the likes of Aldershot Town, Chelmsford City, and Yeovil Town, Tshimanga made the permanent move to Boston United.

He joined Boreham Wood this year and has been in fine form since his arrival

 

Currie's thoughts:

 

Where to follow the action: 

If you aren't making the trip to Meadow Park then there'll live text updates available on our Twitter account, where you will also find all the post-match reaction. 

Unfortunately, iBarnet commentary is not available for this fixture.

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Match Reports

Match Pack: Boreham Wood 0-0 Barnet

1 January 2020

The Bees had to settle for a point as it ended goalless at Meadow Park in a stalemate with Boreham Wood. The draw means Currie's side are now unbeaten in their last six matches in all competitions.

HOW IT HAPPENED 

The first chance fell to the Bees as Jack Barham rose highest from a free-kick but his header went just past the post.

The opening 20 minutes was a rather quiet affair with both sides showing attacking intent without testing either 'keeper. The Bees had the better of the opening stages, keeping the ball well and moving it with purpose.

The Wood almost took the lead as Kane Smith tried a curling effort from the edge of the box, but it whistled past Scott Loach's left stick. 

On half an hour we had the moment of half as Wes Fonguck danced through before sending his effort onto the corner of the post and crossbar. It was a majestic effort and he was mighty unlucky not to open the scoring. 

Eight minutes before the break Elliott Johnson tried his luck from 25 yards out and forced Nathan Ashmore into a smart stop as he dived across to push the effort aside. 

Moments later Fonguck sent Barham through but the striker's effort from the angle was comfortably stopped by Ashmore. J Taylor then saw a free-kick go wide, as the Bees began to dominate proceedings. 

Darren Currie's side went in level at the break but were the better side on a chilly afternoon in Hertfordshire. 

Into the second half and it started much like the first as both sides looked to stamp their mark on the game but didn't quite find a killer instinct in the final third. 

The only chance of note fell to Wood skipper Mark Ricketts but his volley sailed wide of the Bees goal. 

The hosts were edging the opening half of the second period without creating anything. The Wood looked the more likely as they looked to protect their nine-game unbeaten run. 

With 15 minutes left on the clock, J Taylor saw a dipping volley fiz past the post, as Currie's side looked to change the tide of the game. 

Up the other end, Loach was called into action as he palmed away Smith's powerful drive from distance. The teams were locked even as the final 10 minutes approached. 

With five minutes to go the Bees came close to taking the lead as Mauro Vilhete headed down for Akinola, but the striker's effort was blocked by an oncoming Wood defender. 

Vilhete had a golden chance to nick it as added time began, he headed wide from Dunne's superb cross. It was a massive chance after our number 20 did well to peel away from the Wood backline. 

Moments later Tutonda flashed a ball across goal, leaving Ashmore to push away as we piled on the pressure in the dying moments. 

Barnet: Loach, Alexander, Johnson, Reynolds, Dunne, J Taylor, Akinola, H Taylor, Fonguck (Mason-Clark 72'), Tutonda, Barham (Vilhete 80')

Unused Subs: Azaze, Sparkes, Adams 

TEAM NEWS

Darren Currie made one change as Jack Barham came into the starting XI in place of the injured Josh Walker. 

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WHAT IT MEANS 

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UP NEXT

The Bees return to Vanarama National League action on Saturday (4th Jan) when we host Halifax Town at The Hive London. Don't forget you can grab yourself a copy of FM 2020 plus one adult and child ticket for any home league fixture in January! 

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Ticket News

Ticket Details: Boreham Wood (A)

23 December 2019

Ticket details for our New Years Day clash away to Boreham Wood are now available.

Tickets for the game at Meadow Park are available in different pricing categories based on when you purchase your ticket. The first deadline for the discounted rate is tomorrow (24th December). 

Details are as follows:

UNTIL 24TH DECEMBER (18:00)

Adult - £15.00

OAP - £10.00

 

IN ADVANCE

Adult - £18.00

OAP - £13.00

U16 - £8.00

U12 - £5.00

 

ON THE DAY

Adult - £20.00

OAP - £15.00

U16 - £10.00

U12 - £7.00

 

*All tickets are subject to a £1.00 booking fee 

Tickets can be purchased from Boreham Wood directly by clicking HERE 

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