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BIG PREVIEW: BOREHAM WOOD VS SOUTHEND UNITED

29 October 2021

Boreham Wood v Southend United…

Overview:

After their first full week of training under the leadership of Kevin Maher, Southend United will be looking to achieve their first victory since the appointment of the head coach as they make the trip to Boreham Wood tomorrow.

The Blues' tough start to the 21/22 campaign continued last weekend, as they suffered a 3-0 defeat at the hands of Dagenham & Redbridge.

And, whilst Saturday’s opposition offer a stern test sitting third in the National League standings, there is a renewed sense of hope that Maher and his recently appointed backroom team can stop the rot.

But it’ll be a tough ask for Blues, who found themselves on the end of a defeat against the Wood just last season in the FA Cup first round.

The two sides couldn’t be separated after 120 minutes, but a 4-3 penalty shoot-out victory saw Luke Garrard’s team progress to the second round, whilst the then League Two Southend outfit extended their winless run to the 20/21 season.

The Opposition:

The Wood were formed in 1948, similarly to several other National League sides it came about through a merger, in their case between Boreham Rovers and Royal Retournez.

The club has enjoyed plenty of non-league success in the last 20 years, and their promotion to the National League via the play-offs in the 14/15 campaign was their biggest achievement, they gathered the lowest average attendance in the National League South that season.

The club has been on an upward trajectory under chairman Danny Hunter, and his appointment of current manager Garrard in 2015 was particularly shrewd, the young boss playing his part in taking the club to the next level.

Despite the departure of key man Kabongo Tshimanga in the summer, The Wood currently sit third in the standings, as they push for a spot in the EFL which has yet to be achieved by the club.

Form:

Maher’s side will be hopeful that the form guide has no bearing on Saturday’s match, as they have picked up just one league victory in their last 10 outings.

Blues sit 21stth in the table, having picked up just eight points from a possible 33 so far this campaign.

The Wood’s form has been in stark contrast, as they have clinched eight victories in their 13 matches so far and have won four of their last six league outings.

Garrard’s side were defeated last Saturday however, as Chesterfield beat them 2-1 to leapfrog them into second place.

From The Boss:

"It’s important we had the full week without a game to get on the grass and work with the players,” said Maher.

"We got a lot of work into them, a lot of football into them and some principles we want with the ball and without the ball. We’ve still got some work to do but good to get them on the grass and they’ve worked very hard.

"We’ll get to know the players better, what makes them tick individually.

"You have to work at the right intensity and if you don’t then you probably won’t last, that’s for training as well, so we have to get that into them.

"We want to get some more confidence on the ball, there’s lots of things we’re working on, in terms of shape to get to where we want to get to and it’s not going to happen overnight.

"They’re going to come thick and fast now, we have to be ready for it.

"We’ve got to earn the right to play football, we know that."

Blues’ Team News:

Simeon Akinola will remain out with a knee problem, which is still being assessed.

Full-backs Nathan Ralph and Jason Demetriou are doubtful for Saturday’s clash, the duo have yet to feature under Maher’s management.

Steve Arnold returned to training in the week and should be fit to return in goal for Blues at LV Bet Stadium, Meadow Park.

New signings Zak Brunt and Kacper Lopata could be involved for the first time since joining from Sheffield United on loan.

Ref Watch:

Taking charge of proceedings on Saturday will be Aaron Jackson.

Jackson has officiated four National League fixtures so far this season, brandishing 12 yellow cards in that time, he is yet to show a red.

He has yet to officiate a Southend match.

He will be assisted by Joshua Crofts and Christopher Myatt, with Lawrence Torz-Brown as fourth official.

Elsewhere in the National League:

Bromley v FC Halifax

Dagenham and Redbridge v Chesterfield

Dover Athletic v Stockport County

Eastleigh v Maidenhead United

Grimsby Town v Notts County

Solihull Moors v Yeovil Town

Weymouth v King’s Lynn Town

Woking v Altrincham

Wrexham v Torquay United

Barnet v Aldershot Town

Tickets:

Tickets are being sold directly through Boreham Wood's website for this National League fixture.

Admission prices and more information about the game, including details a minute's applause that will take place in memory of Sir David Amess, can be found here.

How to Follow:

Blues fans not heading to Meadow Park on Saturday will still be able to follow all the live action by subscribing to Blues TV where you’ll get live match commentary from the BBC Essex team from all first-team matches this season.

Blues TV costs £4.49 per month or a one-off cost of £45 for the season, with your subscription not only giving you match commentary, but also exclusive access to extended match highlights, full pre-match press conferences, interviews, features and more.

You can also follow live minute-by-minute updates on social media via the Club’s official Twitter account by following @SUFCRootsHall on Twitter, which will ensure you get all the latest news and more throughout the 2021/22 season.

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Match Reports

MATCH REPORT: BOREHAM WOOD 1-0 SOUTHEND

30 October 2021

Tyrone Marsh’s late goal broke Blues’ superb resistance as 10-man Southend fell to a 1-0 defeat to Boreham Wood at the LV Bet Stadium Meadow Park this afternoon.

After Abu Ogogo was shown a yellow card in the 66th minute for failing to retreat for a Wood corner followed by a straight red for something he said to referee Aaron Jackson, Marsh made the man advantage count by squeezing in the ball from a tight angle to inflict a narrow defeat on Kevin Maher’s side.

Following a first full week of training for Blues’ new head coach, Maher made four changes to his starting line-up that lost at Dagenham as Steve Arnold and Charlie Sayers came in, alongside both Sheffield United loanees Zak Brunt and Kacper Lopata.

Hosts Boreham Wood came into this afternoon just two points off the National League summit and had the best of the early chances with Will Evans heading over a Frankie Raymond corner just two minutes in before an error from Shaun Hobson almost gifted the Wood a chance moments later.

The returning Arnold had to be at his very best to stop Josh Rees from opening the scoring when he superbly tipped the midfielder’s volley over the crossbar, but his next save was more through luck than judgement as Arnold almost fumbled in Tyrone Marsh’s free-kick only for it to squeak over.

Having staved off the Wood’s advances, Blues grew into the game and created their first opening of the half through Rhys Murphy whose curling effort from the edge of the box went just past the post midway through the opening 45 minutes.

Blades loanee Brunt then created some space for a shot that was well blocked from close range by Gus Mufuta before Southend’s best chance fell to Sam Dalby who got on the end of a fizzing, right-wing free-kick only to head it wide from inside the six-yard box.

The second-half saw Arnold continue to frustrate the home side as he kept out an Evans header. The Blues number one was then on hand to keep out a Kane Smith effort before pulling off a superb fingertip save to stop Mafuta’s long-range effort from dipping in.

Southend’s found it tough to carve out chances and were handed a huge blow when Abu Ogogo was shown two cards in a matter of seconds – the first a yellow for not retreating for a Wood corner, the second a straight red for dissent – leaving Blues to play the last 25 minutes with 10 men.

With the man advantage, Boreham Wood piled forward and twice went close through Marsh who saw a header go wide before fizzing a shot across the face of goal which whistled past the post, but it was third time’s a charm for the Wood number 10 who broke Southend’s resistance.

Raymond’s long-range effort was well saved by Arnold down low to his left, but he wasn’t able to push the ball out far enough, allowing Marsh to steal in and squeeze in the winner from a tight angle to break Blues hearts and send them top of the National League.

Boreham Wood XI: Ashby-Hammond, Ilesanmi, Evans, Rees (Oluwabori 67’), Mafuta, Boden (Clifton 85’), Marsh, Raymond, Fyfield (C), Mendy Mendy, Smith. Subs Not Used: Green, Stephens, Munns

Blues XI: Arnold, Howard, Ogogo, Hobson, Dunne, Murphy, Dalby (Ferguson 70’), Sayers, Lopata, Brunt (Walsh 84’), White (C). Subs Not Used: Bridge, Egbri, Phillips

Referee: Aaron Jackson

Assistants: Joshua Crofts & Christopher Myatt

Fourth Official: Lawrence Torz-Brown

Scorers:

Boreham Wood: Tyrone Marsh 83’

Southend United: None

Yellow Cards:

Boreham Wood: Gus Mafuta 29’, Jamal Fyfield 90+1’

Southend United: Abu Ogogo 66’, Nathan Ferguson 71’

Red Cards:

Boreham Wood: None

Southend United: Abu Ogogo 66’

Attendance: 1,501 (836 Away)

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Ticket News

AWAY TICKETS: BOREHAM WOOD

26 October 2021

Ticket information for Southend United’s away game against Boreham Wood on Saturday October 30 (3pm kick-off).

Tickets are being sold directly through Boreham Wood's website for this National League fixture.

Prices:

Category

 Price

Adult

£20

OAP

£18

Under 16

£12

Under 12

£6

Visiting supporters to the LV Bet Stadium Meadow Park will be located at the South End of the ground, accessible via turnstiles 6 & 7, where there is an allocation for up to 1,397 spectators.

Away Ticket Scheme Points

Supporters must email tickets@southend-united.co.uk with their proof of purchase for the 20 points to be added to their account.

Points will be added the week after the game has taken place.

Car Parking 

No supporter parking is available at the LV Bet Stadium Meadow Park, the club car park is available to players, directors, officials and guests only.

We advise supporters coming to the Stadium to park in Brook Road Public Car Park. Access to the Stadium is available from this car park via the South Stand Turnstiles (turnstiles 6 & 7 for visiting supporters). Please note that parking charges may apply.

Alternative parking is also available via the Hertsmere Council Civic Car Park, which is less than a 5-minute walk to ground. Again, please note parking charges may apply.

Getting To Meadow Park

Club address: Boreham Wood FC, LV Bet Stadium Meadow Park, Broughinge Road, Borehamwood, Herts, WD6 5AL.

Recommended car park address: Brook Road Public Car Park, Brook Road, Borehamwood, Herts, WD6 5HQ.

Transport

By car: Boreham Wood FC is in close proximity to the M25, A1 and M1. So, getting here by car is relatively easy.

By train: The closest train station is Elstree & Borehamwood, located on the Thameslink line with easy access from many of London’s major train stations.

Other Matchday Information

Boreham Wood FC has dedicated facilities for wheelchair bound and less able supporters, which include a viewing area and disabled toilet facilities. These are available via the West Stand. Supporters wishing to make use of these facilities are asked to enter the stadium via the South Stand Turnstiles (turnstiles 6 & 7) off Brook Road Car Park. Disabled parking bays are available in this car park.

Please note that these parking spaces are limited and on a first come, first served basis. Unfortunately, spaces cannot be reserved by the club.

All ticket prices are sold at the relevant age category as listed above, though personal assistants/carers, where required, are admitted free of charge. Please note that carers tickets will only be issued to those with a valid carer’s card, or, proof that they require a carer.

Any supporters who require disabled facilities on a matchday at the LV Bet Stadium Meadow Park can email bwfcticketing@gmail.com for assistance and more information.

Clubhouse

Due to its small size and safe capacity numbers, Boreham Wood's clubhouse is strictly reserved for home season ticket & membership card holders only. 

Unfortunately, they are unable to accommodate any visiting supporters in their bar, however there are numerous food and drink outlets a few minutes walk from the Brook Road car park, which is where visiting supporters need to go to enter the ground. There is a Wetherspoons pub, the Hart & Spool, a short walk from the car-park, diagonally opposite McDonalds, which welcomes visiting fans. 

Minute's applause

There will be a minutes applause before the game in memory of Sir David Amess.

Contact

For any ticketing queries, please contact the Boreham Wood ticketing team by emailing bwfcticketing@gmail.com or by calling the main club office on 020 8953 5097.

Coach Travel Information 

For Boreham Wood travel information please click here.

For the Shrimpers Trust Away Travel Terms and Conditions please click here.

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