Boreham Wood v Wealdstone - Match Preview
Boreham Wood v Wealdstone Vanarama National League Meadow Park
Monday 28th December, 3:00pm kick-off
HOW TO WATCH
Due to Hertfordshire being placed into Tier 4 COVID restrictions, elite football being played in that area is required to be done so behind closed doors. The hosts are streaming this fixture live and you can purchase your streaming pass HERE.
THE CONTEXT The Stones have a great chance to bounce back immediately from our 4-0 defeat away to Maidenhead United on Boxing Day, that saw us drop out of the play-off positions into 8th. A string of COVID-related postponements means this is Boreham Wood's first game in 16 days, they were awarded a bye into the FA Trophy 4th Round due to Yeovil self isolating and without playing have dropped to 15th in the league.
TEAM NEWS Stones boss Dean Brennan has added to the squad in Decemeber with Josh Debayo, Rhys Browne, Matt Lench and Mo Diallo joining the club, three of those made their debuts on Boxing Day from the bench. Moses Emmanuel completed his return from injury on Boxing Day also, but Connor Stevens, Ross Lafayette and Danny Parish remain sidelined.
FORM GUIDE Stones: Maidenhead United (A) 4-0 L Eastleigh (H) 4-3 W (Wakefield, Cawley, Lewis, Mendy) Weymouth (H) 2-1 W (Lewis, Cawley) Barnet (A) 0-0 D Torquay United (H) 1-2 L (Parish)
Boreham Wood: Aldershot Town (H) 3-2 W (Tshimanga, Mafuta, Thomas) Notts County (A) 0-1 W (Fyfield) Hartlepool United (A) 1-2 W (Mafuta 2) Canvey Island (H) 3-0 W (Tshimanga, Smith, Rhead) Altrincham (H) 0-1 L
WHAT WAS SAID Dean Brennan: "Boreham Wood are a fantastic side with a lot of athleticism. You wan't to bounce back but the players will be frustrated with themselves and the manner of the goals we gave away. But we'll keep going and keep trying."
WHO TO WATCH FOR? Kabongo Tshimanga: Tshimanga is a quick, powerful forward with a real eye for goal. His goals in the National League South for Oxford City earned him a move to the Wood in 2019 and he has continued his goalscoring prowess at the level above. He scored 19 goals last season before it was cut short due to COVID-19 and his goals this season have earned Boreham Wood a place in the FA Cup 3rd Round where they will host Millwall next month.
Played - 23 Won - 11 Drawn - 4 Lost - 8
LAST FIVE MEETINGS March 2015 - Stones 0-1 Boreham Wood November 2014 - Boreham Wood 2-1 Stones (Wright) April 2010 - Stones 0-0 Boreham Wood November 2009 - Stones 3-0 Boreham Wood (Ellerbeck 3) September 2009 - Stones 4-2 Boreham Wood (Ashe, Chappell 2, Massey)
Preview by Chris Woods