29 March 2015

Four Games From Glory

Saturday 28th March 2015
Vanarama Conference South
Boreham Wood 1-0 Hemel Hempstead Town
Meadow Park 
Attendance: 592
IT's been a long wait, but Boreham Wood finally secured their first home league win of the year, beating Herts neighbours Hemel Hempstead Town thanks to a first half goal from Junior Morias.

With just minutes remaining at Meadow Park, news filtered through that Conference South leaders Bromley had been pegged back to 2-2 at Bath City, having been two goals up at half-time.

Those dropped points allowed Boreham Wood to return to the top of the table, one point ahead of the team they will meet at Hayes Lane next Saturday.

So, unfashionable Wood, expected by many to fade as the season progressed, have the destiny of the Conference South title in their own hands with four games left to play.

My match report for Real Footy Talk is here...

25 March 2015

Match preview: Boreham Wood v Hemel Hempstead Town

IT'S derby day this Saturday, as Hemel Hempstead Town make the 12-mile trip to Meadow Park.

Hemel's 3-1 home win against Chelmsford on Tuesday evening lifted the Tudors to seventh place in the Conference South table, just two points outside the play-off zone, with a game in hand on fifth-placed Gosport Borough.

Meanwhile Wood's hard-earned win at Wealdstone last Saturday brought Ian Allinson's team to within one point of leaders Bromley, who suffered a shock home defeat against rock-bottom Staines Town.

Hemel are in strong form, losing just one of their last 13 games in all competitions.  After a tough start to their first-ever season of Conference football, which included a 6-0 home thrashing against Wood back in August, the Tudors have improved steadily under manager Dean Brennan, and have put themselves in with a chance of achieving back-to-back promotions.

This season also saw the Vauxhall Road outfit reach the 1st Round Proper of the FA Cup for the first time since 1938, where they eventually bowed out to League Two Bury.

Leading goalscorer for Hemel in the current campaign, and third highest scorer in the division, is Jordan Parkes.  With 22 goals to his name, the former Watford and England youth international has scored just one fewer than Wood's Lee Angol.

Saturday's game will be the first of two meetings within three weeks for these two teams, as they are set to do battle again on 11th April at Letchworth in the Herts Senior Challenge Cup Final.

But with the promotion race hotting up, both Wood and Hemel will have only league points on their minds this weekend. 

Boreham Wood v Hemel Hempstead Town
Vanarama Conference South
Meadow Park, Borehamwood, Herts WD6 5AL
Saturday 28th March 2015
Kick-off: 15:00 GMT 

22 March 2015

Title Still Up For Grabs

Saturday 21st March 2015
Vanarama Conference South
Wealdstone 0-1 Boreham Wood
Grosvenor Vale
Attendance: 711
THERE was no sign of spring at Grosvenor Vale, as a stiff easterly breeze swept across the exposed ground on this grey afternoon.

But Boreham Wood did their bit to reheat the Conference South title race, beating hosts Wealdstone 1-0 thanks to a close-range header from Ricky Shakes in first-half stoppage time.

The goal was just reward for Wood at the end of an opening 45 minutes which they had dominated.

Visiting the Stones' home in Ruislip for the first time, this author took the chance to experience the novelty of standing behind each goal with Boreham Wood's small but loyal band of supporters.

 My match report for Real Footy Talk is here...

18 March 2015

Mansfield's Late Late Show

MANSFIELD TOWN manager Adam Murray confessed he felt “emotionally exhausted” after his team grabbed a late winner to beat AFC Wimbledon 2-1 at One Call Stadium on Tuesday evening.

Substitute Rakish Bingham’s 87th-minute goal lifted the Stags eight points clear of the League Two relegation zone, and provided a welcome boost after the lacklustre home defeat against Bury three days earlier.


15 March 2015

A Point Apiece

Saturday 14th March 2015
Vanarama Conference South
Boreham Wood 2-2 Whitehawk
Meadow Park 
Attendance: 201
IT was all going swimmingly for Boreham Wood at Meadow Park until New Year.

A run of nine wins in ten home games had helped Ian Allinson's team to sit proudly at the top of the Conference South table.

It's been a different story since then however.  A poor spell of one point from the last four home fixtures had allowed Bromley to take the initiative in the promotion race, although Wood's recent away form has been excellent - four wins out of five.

Stag of Herts has been to all of Boreham Wood's home matches since the turn of the year (and seems to have been a jinx).

On Saturday, he returned, hoping to see that elusive home league win.

My report for Real Footy Talk is here.