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03 March 2020 Venue The Hive Stadium Attendance

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Match Preview: Boreham Wood (H)

3 March 2020

The Bees will look to return to winning ways as they host local rivals Boreham Wood FC with the race for the play-offs heating up. Preview in association with LV Bet

Fixture Details:

Barnet FC v Boreham Wood FC

Tuesday 3rd March 2020

19:45

The Hive London

Vanarama National League

 

The Bees 

Manager: Darren Currie 

Form: WWLWL

League Position: 13th Position (49 Points) 

Top Scorer: Simeon Akinola (16 goals)

The Bees were left disappointed after Saturdays FA Trophy fixture against Halesowen Town finished in defeat after extra time, bringing to an end a promising cup run. Josh Walker broke the deadlock in the 65th minute as the ball was crossed into the six-yard box and turned in from close range. However, Luke Yates equalised late on in the game meaning that it had to continue through to extra-time where Simeon Cobourne scored the winner for the away side.

With their attention now turning back to league action, the Bees will be looking to snatch a big three points off of their local rivals Boreham Wood FC who themselves will be hoping to occupy one of the play-off places come the end of the season.

Although only 13th in the table, the Bees have up to five games in hand over the teams currently in the play-off places and are only five points off of 7th, indicating that a good run of results could see Darren Currie’s side finishing the season in the top 7.

The Wood 

Manager: Luke Garrard 

Form: DWWLD

League Position: 4th Position (56 Points) 

Top Scorer: Kabongo Tshimanga (17 goals)

The Wood have so far had a very positive season that has seen them go from finishing just above the relegation zone last season, to a side looking able to finish in one of the desired play-off places this year.

Before their away defeat to Aldershot Town last Tuesday, the Wood had gone eight games unbeaten in the league and still remain unbeaten at home in the league since October, which has led to their rise up the table.

Their last fixture on Saturday saw Luke Garrard’s side draw to Hartlepool United having started very quickly in that game with top scorer Kabongo Tshimanga scoring within the first minute. It wasn’t to be however as Hartlepool responded nearly just as quickly in the second half through Gime Toure’s 47th-minute equaliser.

 

The Gaffer: Luke Garrard

Luke Garrard’s football career started with Tottenham Hotspur before being signed as an apprentice at Swindon Town and made his professional debut against Oldham Athletic. After leaving Swindon, Garrard had spells at Bishops Stortford, Boreham Wood and Northwood all before signing for AFC Wimbledon where he became a fan favourite and made over 100 appearances for the club. In 2010, Garrard re-joined Boreham Wood on a permanent basis and stayed there for the remainder of his playing career before being appointed as first-team manager in 2015.

Since then, Garrard has guided Boreham Wood through the National League and in 2018, reached the play-off final where they narrowly missed out on promotion to the football league after losing 2-1 to Tranmere Rovers.

Top Scorer: Kabongo Tshimanga

Kabongo Tshimanga has become a fans favourite during his short time at the Wood where he signed during the summer of 2019. The number 9 has scored 17 goals in the league this season, making him the fourth top goalscorer in the league.

Tshimanga started his career at youth level with MK Dons and had a number of loan spells at clubs including but not limited to Aldershot Town, Corby Town and Chesham United before signing permanently for Boston United. At the end of his contract, the young forward opted to sign for Oxford City where he finished as top scorer, scoring 29 goals in all competitions and was the recipient of both the Supporters’ and Players’ Player of the Season awards and then in July 2019, the Wood secured his signature.

Where to follow the action

If you're not coming to The Hive, then there will be full match commentary with Sam Avery and Adam Rowe from 19:40. 

Alternatively, you can receive live text updates over on Twitter and there'll be all the behind the scenes content on our Instagram channel. 

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Match Reports

Match Pack: Barnet FC 2-2 Boreham Wood FC

3 March 2020

The points were shared between the Bees and Boreham Wood FC in an electrifying game between the two rivals as the game finished 2-2 at The Hive London.

HOW IT HAPPENED

The Bees were quick out of the blocks in a fiery atmosphere inside The Hive London and attacked the Wood from the off with a cross finding Paul McCallum straight away but he was unable to get enough on his shot.

It was a let off for Darren Currie's side moments later though as an attempted header back to Scott Loach from Ricardo Santos forced the shotstopper into making his first save of the game.

The Bees' quick start came to fruition as a long throw in from Paul McCallum that almost resembled a corner couldn't be dealt with by the Boreham Wood defence and a wonder strike from the unlikely Callum Reynolds floated into the top corner.

The same tactic for the first goal was used again and it almost ended in the same result but it was cleared behind for a corner by the Wood defence.

A cynical challenge from Sorba Thomas gave the Bees a chance to put the ball into the box again from a freekick but Simeon Akinola was unable to steer his header home.

Down the other end, the Wood had their first chance of the game through Tyrone Marsh but Loach was down quickly to push the ball away from any danger.

Another good spell of possession from the away side had Loach working once more and as ever, he was quick off of his line to prevent any danger.

The Wood really turned on the pressure inside 30 minutes of the first half and the danger man Kabongo Tshimanga tested Loach's reactions from close-range with the Bees 'Keeper coming out on top again.

Darren Currie's side still remianed strong on the ball however and a cute bit of skill from the Bees' top scorer Akinola saw him beat his man but he took one to many touches before his shot and it was blocked by the Boreham Wood defence.

As the first half drawed to a close, the Bees were able to control the game well with a real derby feel to proceedings.

Into the second-half and this time it was Boreham Wood who started the quickest as Sorba Thomas dummied his first shot and then lashed a shot towards goal but Santos threw himself in front of the ball, providing a vital block for the Bees.

However, Barnet quickly found their feet as another good ball into the box from Dan Sparkes saw McCallum's trademark headed effort go agonisingly wide of the post.

In the 60th minute, with the Bees pinned back in their own half for the majority of the opening 15 minutes, the Wood capitalised on their dominance through Kane Smith after a superb initial save from Scott Loach couldn't be cleared away, levelling the scores.

The Wood's dominance remained much the same after the goal as a looping header from Matt Rhead went inches wide of the bottom corner. 

In the 72nd minute, the Wood took the lead for the first time in the game after the ball was bouncing around the Bees' penalty area and eventually fell to Marsh who struck the ball home from close range.

Darren Currie's side responded well after going 2-1 down and had two chances in quick succession after two crosses from Sparkes tested Boreham Wood 'Keeper Nathan Ashmore.

This excellent response was epitomised after Cheye Alexander cut back and put the ball on a plate for the in form McCallum who squeezed the ball past Ashmore.

The game erupted further into life with the scores level at 2-2 as Matt Rhead climbed highest from six-yards but Loach, who had a busy evening in goal, prevented the Wood from leading for the second time.

After winning a freekick in a dangerous area, the Bees nearly took the lead themselves through McCallum whose bullet header looked destined for the top corner but it wasn't to be for the Bees' new striker.

Despite a valiant effort from the Bees to find a winner, the game finshed 2-2 with both sides sharing the points.

Barnet: Loach, Alexander, Johnson, Reynolds (Dunne 45'), Santos, Adams (Mason-Clark 78'), Sparkes, Akinola, McCallum, Taylor, Sweeney

Unused Subs: Matrevics, Vilhete, Walker

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UP NEXT

The Bees will now turn their attentions to the away fixture at Stockport County in the Vanarama National League this Saturday 7th March 2020.

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