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03 October 2020 Venue The Racecourse Ground Attendance Referee Andrew Miller

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Wrexham AFC
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Boreham Wood
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Wrexham 2-1 Boreham Wood

2 October 2020

We couldn't have asked for a much tougher test to start the season than a game against Boreham Wood.

They had the second-best defence in the division last season, conceding just one goal more than champions Barrow, and lost narrowly in the play-off semi-finals to Harrogate, who were eventually victorious. Having retained the core of the squad which finished 5th in the table and added some interesting players during the break between seasons, they will clearly be serious contenders for promotion.
 
POSSIBLE SIDE

KEY CLASH: Harris & Young v. Murtagh and Ricketts

Clashes between these sides used to be a struggle to see who could impose their style of play on the other, with Wrexham generally looking to pass through midfield while Boreham Wood would look to bypass the middle of the pitch. That's no longer the case: while Boreham Wood like to provide their pacy forwards with early service, they are much more able to mix things up.

When they pass the ball through the middle of the pitch, they'll come up against a redoubtable pair in Luke Young and Jay Harris. One of the best midfield duos in the division, they are both highly effective at regaining possession.

Boreham Wood's duo, on the other hand, are a contrasting pair. Kieran Murtagh has consistently been one of the best midfielders in the National League over the last few years. Physical, but also able to move the ball intelligently, he also scored an injury time equaliser when the teams last met. Can he hold off the aggressive tackling of Harris and Young's ability to nip in and steal possession?

Protecting Murtagh is another experienced player: Mark Ricketts is approaching his 500th appearance in the fifth tier, and although he has played most of those games in the centre of defence, his conversion into a robust midfielder has been a revelation. But can he supportt Murtagh, stifle Harris' passing and cover Young's forward runs? The answer to those questions might determine how this game turns out.

HEAD TO HEAD

Borehamwood have become a team we’re getting used to playing early in the season. We’ve played them three times in August, and two seasons ago they were our opponents for our first Saturday game of the season at The Racecourse. We got off to a flying start too: Jordan Maguire-Drew gave us a half time lead and strikes by Rekeil Pyke and Mike Fondop earned us a comfortable 3-0, our biggest against The Wood

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We only played Borehamwood once last season, due to the premature conclusion of the season. That game was also early in the season, and saw us squander a two-goal lead at Meadow Park.

Mark Harris gave us the lead and when Bobby Grant scored with only a quarter of the match left, it looked like we’d be following up our opening day victory over Barrow with another win.In truth, the scoreline flattered us, though, as Christian Dibble had kept Borehamwood at bay with a string of good saves. Ultimately our luck ran out: Kieran Murtagh pulled one back with nine minutes remaining and a late onslaught was rewarded when Justin Shaibu earned a point in the second minute of added time.

We’ve won three of our four home games against Borehamwood. We beat them the first two times they visited The Racecourse, even though we didn’t score in open play in either match.

Our first clash, in March 2016, was decided by a Connor Jennings penalty, and spot kicks decided the outcome in January 2017 too, .

Anthony Barry opened the scoring from the spot, but Morgan Ferrier equalized in the same manner with 14 minutes left. However, a third penalty would be given in the third minute of added time, which John Rooney would convert to secure the three points

A penalty would be decisive the next time The Wood ventured north, in April 2018. It was controversially awarded against Manny Smith for an innocuous-looking push, and Bruno Andrade took advantage to earn Borehamwood their first win over Wrexham, having lost the first five clashes.

Last ten meetings: DWWLWWWWW

  HOME AWAY TOTAL
  W D L W D L W D L
 National League 3 0 1 4 1 0 7 1 1
 TOTAL 3 0 1 4 1 0 7 1 1

 

 

 

FORM

Wrexham

Last Win:

22/02/2020

Bromley (a)

2-0

3 games ago

Last Draw:

07/03/2020

Eastleigh (h)

0-0

1 game ago

Last Defeat:

29/02/2020

Yeovil Town (a)

0-3

2 games ago

         

Last Home Win:

18/01/2020

Woking (h)

3-0

3 games ago

Last Home Draw:

07/03/2020

Eastleigh (h)

0-0

1 game ago

Last Home Defeat:

04/01/2020

Aldershot Town (h)

1-2

4 games ago

         

Last League Win:

22/02/2020

Bromley (a)

2-0

3 games ago

Last League Draw:

07/03/2020

Eastleigh (h)

0-0

1 game ago

Last League Defeat:

29/02/2020

Yeovil Town (a)

0-3

2 games ago

         

Last clean sheet:

07/03/2020

Eastleigh (h)

0-0

1 game ago

Last home clean sheet:

07/03/2020

Eastleigh (h)

0-0

1 game ago

Last 0-0 draw:

07/03/2020

Eastleigh (h)

0-0

1 game ago

Last home 0-0 draw:

07/03/2020

Eastleigh (h)

0-0

1 game ago

Last Match: National League 
07/03/20 Wrexham 0 Eastleigh 0
Wrexham: 
R Lainton, J Thompson, K Kennedy, S Pearson, D Kellior-Dunn, J Lawlor, L Young, M Carrington, J Harris, D Jarvis (P Rutherford, 60), J Ponticelli 
Subs not used:K Barker, J Oswell, T Garrett, C Dibble 

Boreham Wood

Last Win:

17/07/2020

Halifax Town (h)

2-1

2 games ago

Last Draw:

03/03/2020

Barnet (a)

2-2

4 games ago

Last Defeat:

25/07/2020

Harrogate Town (a)

0-1

1 game ago

         

Last Away Win:

07/03/2020

Maidenhead (a)

1-0

2 away games ago

Last Away Draw:

03/03/2020

Barnet (a)

2-2

3 away games ago

Last Away Defeat:

25/07/2020

Harrogate Town (a)

0-1

1 away game ago

         

Last League Win:

07/03/2020

Maidenhead (a)

1-0

1 league game ago

Last League Draw:

03/03/2020

Barnet (a)

2-2

2 league games ago

Last League Defeat:

25/02/2020

Aldershot Town (a)

2-3

4 league games ago

         

Last clean sheet:

07/03/2020

Maidenhead (a)

1-0

3 games ago

Last away clean sheet:

07/03/2020

Maidenhead (a)

1-0

2 away games ago

Last 0-0 draw:

01/01/2020

Barnet (h)

0-0

12 games ago

Last away 0-0 draw:

14/09/2020

Harrogate Town (a)

0-0

17 away games ago

Last Match: National League Play-Off Semi-Final
25/07/2020 Harrogate Town 1 (Muldoon 65) Boreham Wood 0
Boreham Wood: N Ashmore, J Fyfield, F Ilesanmi, T Champion, K Murtagh, M Ricketts, K Tshimanga, T Marsh (J Shaibu, 71), M Rhead, S Thomas, K Smith (A Yussuf, 79)
Subs not used: G Smith, R Shakes, D Stephens, P Mingoia
 

PRE-SEASON RESULTS

WREXHAM BOREHAM WOOD
Cefn Druids (h) 4-1 Wingate & Finchley (a) 2-3
Salford CIty XI (h) 2-1 Billericay Town (a) 0-2
AFC Telford United (a) 0-0 Concord Rangers (a) 2-1
Kidderminster Harriers (a) 4-0 Slough Town (a) 7-1
AFC Telford United (h) 0-1 Finishing Touch Football (h) 2-0
Salford City XI (h) 1-0 Peterborough United XI (h) 2-0
  Welling United (a) 1-0

 

 

 

 

 

TOP SCORERS AGAINST BOREHAMWOOD
(2 GOALS EACH)

MILESTONES

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jay Harris plays his 225th game for Wrexham tomorrow, while Devonte will hope to make his 50th career appearance alongside him.

Theo Vassell makes his hundredth career appearance.

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Match Reports

Wrexham 2-1 Boreham Wood

3 October 2020

Luke Young’s brilliant free-kick earned Wrexham victory at home to Boreham Wood as competitive football finally returned to the Racecourse.

Reece Hall-Johnson scored Wrexham’s first goal of the season on his debut at a wet and rainy Racecourse before Young struck the winner after Kieran Murtagh’s equaliser.

Wrexham started with eight of the 11 summer signings, while Shaun Pearson was missing at the back – where Fiacre Kelleher partnered Theo Vassell.

Seven months after the last Vanarama National League match at the Racecourse, and with fans tuning in worldwide to watch the stream, it was the Wood who started better.

It took a fine double save from Rob Lainton in the opening couple of minutes to keep Wrexham level as he saved from Sorba Thomas and denied Kabongo Tshimanga from point-blank range.

Lainton saved again from Thomas on four minutes as Wrexham struggled to get a foothold in the game.

And it was Thomas, causing plenty of problems on the left-wing, who was denied again on 11 minutes, after cutting inside and winning a free-kick.

Corey Whitely was unfortunate on 21 minutes, when his shot cannoned off Matt Rhead and deflected wide and he shot wide again four minutes later.

Wrexham lost debutant Adi Yussuf to injury on 23 minutes – replaced by first-year pro Jake Bickerstaff.

The Dragons then took the lead, against the run of play, through debutant Hall-Johnson. Occupied by Thomas throughout, he took full advantage of a rare chance to drive forward and unleashed a thundering shot that deflected in.

That changed the tempo of the game, and Theo Vassell missed a great chance to double the lead on 41 minutes – heading wide at the back post, unmarked, from Young’s free-kick.

Though Wrexham started the second-half brighter, it looked as though they might rue that miss when Murtagh’s glancing header brought Wood level on 61 minutes.

But Elliott Durrell cut inside and won a free-kick in a central position on 70 minutes, and Young stepped up to curl over the wall and in.

Boreham Wood threw men forward in reply but Wrexham, led by Fiacre Kelleher, stood firm to start the season with all three points.

Wrexham (4-4-2): Lainton; Hall-Johnson, Kelleher, Vassell, Reckord; Durrell (Horsfield 89), Harris, Young, Jeffrey (Rutherford 80); Thomas, Yussuf  (Bickerstaff 23).
Subs not used: Dibble, Ponticelli.

Boreham Wood (4-2-3-1): Ashmore, Smith, Champion, Fyfeld, Ilesanmi, Ricketts, Murtagh, Rhead, Whitely (Coulthirst 76), Thomas, Tshimanga.
Subs not used: Stephens, Mingoia, Mafuta, Francois-Angol.

Referee: Andrew Miller (Co Durham)

Booked -
Wrexham:
 Vassell (35, foul), Hall-Johnson (60, foul)
Boreham Wood: Ricketts (45, foul), Murtagh (68, foul)

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