February Match Reports

BOREHAM WOOD 4 BALDOCK TOWN 0

Played on a bitterly cold night, and on a pitch that was fast freezing , Boreham Wood started with all the confidence of a side that have won their last 11 games. It did not seem to matter that half the 1st team was being rested, when after 12 minutes Paul Shaw opened the scoring with a well-placed lob. Two minutes later Kerry Dixon should have scored again, with only the goalkeeper to beat, took to long and allowed Baldocks defence to make a crucial tackle. Steve Daly scored the Wood’s second goal with a header from a set piece.

The biggest concern as half time ended was would the match be abandoned due to a frozen pitch. It wasn’t and in the 55th minute Dominic Grime made a good run up the right wing. He crossed to an advancing Terry Robbins who drilled a low shot past the Baldock keeper.

Baldock, it must be said were no match for Boreham Wood, and it was no surprise when Dave Hatchett scored number 4 with 2 minutes to go.

The game was played in very good spirit and there were no bookings.

 

BOREHAM WOOD 0 HITCHEN TOWN 0

The Wood started as favourites, due to the fact that they had already beaten Hitchin 3 times this season. It seemed to be going to plan when Tony Samuels forced a corner within the 1st minute. Unfortunately Hitchin had other ideas.

Hitchin came like many other teams this season, to play for a draw. But the advantage they had was that Boreham Wood were not playing well. The best chance of the first half fell to Steve Heffer. Receiving a through ball he was left with a one to one with the Hitchin keeper, but for reasons known only to himself he decided to pass to Shaun Marshall. The pass was so poor that Shaun was left with struggling to stop the ball going out of play.

The second half team talk seemed to work. Wood began to play with more thought. But their finishing never improved with misses for Terry Robbins, Shaun Marshall and Andy Prutton. The Wood goalkeeper, Martin Taylor, made a brilliant point blank save midway through the 2nd half from Hitchin striker Efan Elad. With 10 minutes to go Gary Williams of Hitchin was sent off for a second bookable foul. 3 minutes after this Tony Samuels was brought down by a Hitchin defender on the edge of the 6 yard box. The Woods’ penalty taker, Shaun Marshall, stepped up and struck it well only to see a good save from the Hitchin goalkeeper.

At the end of the match Hitchin had got what they came for THE DRAW.

 

BASINGSTOKE TOWN 2 BOREHAM WOOD 2

On arrival at the ground of the third from bottom team, Boreham Wood supporters did not consider this match a hard one, but by half time Basingstoke had proved them wrong.

The sun was low and Basingstoke had the advantage in the first half. Poor passing by the Wood allowed Basingstoke to blast the ball past Martin Taylor in the 29th minute. A controversial penalty decision after an alleged hand ball put Basingstoke 2 - 0 up after 36 minutes, and that remained the score-line until half time.

In the second half The Wood had the sun advantage but you wouldn’t have guessed it. Things began to look up when Tony Samuels had beaten the keeper, and then had his shot cleared off the line by a Basingstoke defender.

Shaun Marshall finaly put the ball in the back of the net in the 82nd minute after a scramble in the box. Paul Shaw came on as a sub and equalised in the 84th minute, Basingstoke defended deeply in the remaining minutes, and held the Wood to a 2 - 2 draw.
Report by Miss Gemma Dodd aged 12.

 

BOREHAM WOOD 2 UXBRIDGE 1

Wood yet again rested key members of the team for this 3rd round cup match. However there were places for new signings Steve Talboys and Robert Kean.

Both sides played open football, with Wood having the best of the early exchanges. As the half went on Uxbridge came more into the game and looked more likely to score, and should have done so after 30 minutes. With help from poor defending from Boreham Wood, Uxbridge managed to hit both post before Taylor turned their 3rd shot over the bar. Five minutes after this Uxbridge took a deserved lead.

The second half started with Wood looking for the equaliser. Luck was with them and a mistake from Gavin Bamford resulted in the Uxbridge defender beating his own goalkeeper with a header.

Wood were now playing the better football, although it took a good save from Martin Taylor to stop Uxbridge taking the lead again. With 20 minutes to go Boreham Wood brought on Tony Samuels and Shaun Marshall. This seemed to lift the side and Wood carried on pushing forward for the winning goal, although without much luck. Just as extra time began to seem a certainty Marshall rose up to head home a cross in the 90th minute. With a goal so late it left Uxbridge with no time to reply.

 

SLOUGH TOWN 1 BOREHAM WOOD 1

Wood started the game brightly, showing no signs of being overawed by their opponents from a higher division. They attacked from the kick off, and despite playing the better football, could not manage to score.

On 10 minutes a poor back pass from Gary Nisbet resulted in a corner from which Slough scored. To Woods credit they did not let this setback affect their play and on 30 minutes Shaun Marshall was credited with putting them level, although from where I was it looked like an own goal.

The second half was very much like the first with Wood creating the better chances. Both sides had the ball saved off the line, and it could have gone either way.

Wood must fancy their chances in the replay after their performance here.

 

BOREHAM WOOD 1 SLOUGH TOWN 2 aet

This was definitely a game of two halves. In the 1st Boreham Wood had the upper hand. They created openings, and Tony Samuels squandered 2 great chances to put the home side ahead. In the 35th minute Samuels was brought down in the area and a penalty was awarded. Terry Robbins stepped up and scored from the spot.

The 2nd half was a different story, with Slough totally dominating the game. Three outstanding saves from man of the match, Martin Taylor, kept Wood ahead but it was only a matter of time before Slough scored. Just when it looked like Wood had done enough, poor defending resulted in Slough equalising in the 90th minute.

As extra time started Wood found themselves camped in their own penalty area. This continued throughout the half until Slough took a deserved lead. In the 2nd half of extra time Wood tried to up the tempo, with their best chance falling to late substitute Dave Hatchett, who headed narrowly over the bar. Slough held onto their lead and now go through to the last eight.

It has to be said that 3 things spoiled the match. Firstly the injury to Tony Samuels - the way he pulled up it looked like a hamstring. Secondly the appalling quality of refereeing and finally some of the Slough players making obscene gestures at the Wood supporters. It was sad to see semi professional players behaving in this way and I hope the incident does not go unpunished.

 

BASINGSTOKE TOWN 2 BOREHAM WOOD 2

On arrival at the ground of the third from bottom team, Boreham Wood supporters did not consider this match a hard one, but by half time Basingstoke had proved them wrong.

The sun was low and Basingstoke had the advantage in the first half. Poor passing by the Wood allowed Basingstoke to blast the ball past Martin Taylor in the 29th minute. A controversial penalty decision after an alleged hand ball put Basingstoke 2 - 0 up after 36 minutes, and that remained the score-line until half time.

In the second half The Wood had the sun advantage but you wouldn’t have guessed it. Things began to look up when Tony Samuels had beaten the keeper, and then had his shot cleared off the line by a Basingstoke defender.

Shaun Marshall finaly put the ball in the back of the net in the 82nd minute after a scramble in the box. Paul Shaw came on as a sub and equalised in the 84th minute, Basingstoke defended deeply in the remaining minutes, and held the Wood to a 2 - 2 draw.
Report by Miss Gemma Dodd aged 12.

 

BOREHAM WOOD 2 UXBRIDGE 1

Wood yet again rested key members of the team for this 3rd round cup match. However there were places for new signings Steve Talboys and Robert Kean.

Both sides played open football, with Wood having the best of the early exchanges. As the half went on Uxbridge came more into the game and looked more likely to score, and should have done so after 30 minutes. With help from poor defending from Boreham Wood, Uxbridge managed to hit both post before Taylor turned their 3rd shot over the bar. Five minutes after this Uxbridge took a deserved lead.

The second half started with Wood looking for the equaliser. Luck was with them and a mistake from Gavin Bamford resulted in the Uxbridge defender beating his own goalkeeper with a header.

Wood were now playing the better football, although it took a good save from Martin Taylor to stop Uxbridge taking the lead again. With 20 minutes to go Boreham Wood brought on Tony Samuels and Shaun Marshall. This seemed to lift the side and Wood carried on pushing forward for the winning goal, although without much luck. Just as extra time began to seem a certainty Marshall rose up to head home a cross in the 90th minute. With a goal so late it left Uxbridge with no time to reply.

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