PREVIEW | BOREHAM WOOD V WREXHAM

Macclesfield Town
Posted:Fri 14 May 2021

The stakes are high as Wrexham look to maintain their excellent form at Borehamwood.

The Wood could still get into the play-offs, but it would take a remarkable series of results for them to achieve that goal. The most points they can achieve is 64, and the current 7th placed side has 62 already, although Borehamwood at least have two of their four remaining games against sides they need to overtake: us and Eastleigh.

Scoring goals hasn’t come easily enough for them: Eastleigh are the only side in the top 16 who have scored fewer, despite Kabongo Tshimanga being the second-highest scorer in the division, with an impressive 18 goals to his name. Draws have been a problem too: they’ve shared the points in 16 of their 38 matches, by far the most in the division.

An incredible run of 7 draws through March  dealt a massive blow to their push for the play-offs, coming as it did in the middle of a sequence of 1 win in 15 matches. However, they have improved markedly with two impressive wins in their last two matches: they battered Kings Lynn 5-1 on Saturday, with Tshamanga hitting a hat ttrick, and then got an excellent 1-0 victory at play-off chasing Halifax.

HEAD TO HEAD

We’ve an excellent record at Boreham Wood. Last season we visited Meadow Park for the fifth time, and it was the first time we dropped points there.

We could easily have won that match too. Mark Harris and Bobby Grant gave us a 2-0 lead with three-quarters of the game left, but we let it slip, and Boreham Wood levelled in the 92nd minute.


When Kieran Murtagh scored Borehamwood’s first goal with nine minutes left it was the first time they’d scored a home goal against Wrexham. They had to wait 441 minutes to finally get the ball past a Wrexham keeper – Cameron Belford, Shwan Jalal, Christian Dibble and Rob Lainton all recorded clean sheets at Meadow Park before Dibble, who had made a string of good saves to repel the home side earlier in the game, was finally beaten by Murtagh.

Our first game at Meadow Park was in March 2016, and was decided by a Connor Jennings penalty. The next two seasons also saw us winning 1-0, with John Rooney and Alex Reid the scorers.

The pattern of single-goal wins ended in February 2019, when two second half goals by Ben Tollitt clinched a 2-0 win and made him our equal top scorer against Borehamwood, alongside Jennings and Rooney.

MILESTONES

Theo Vassell’s 125th career league match.

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