March Match Reports
BOREHAM WOOD 4 DULWICH HAMLET 1
Wood got the start they were looking for with a goal after 4 minutes. A header by Steve Daly from a free kick. They continued to push forward searching for the 2nd, but were let down by poor passing. The closest they came was in the 30th minute when the Dulwich keeper did well to turn away a goal bound shot from Shaun Marshall.
In the 2nd half Wood changed their tactics and went for a more direct approach, but were not able to deliver the telling pass. As the half wore on the game began to get scrappy. After 52 minutes, Shaun Marshall broke free only to see his well hit shot saved by the keeper, albeit with the help of the post. From the resulting corner kick Paul Shaw made it number 2 for the Wood.
From then on Boreham Wood went on the all out attack, and it was third time lucky for Shaun Marshall with a goal after 60 minutes. His second came 10 minutes later following a brilliant run by Rob Hollingdale.
All in all another solid performance from Boreham Wood.
WALTON & HERSHAM 1 BOREHAM WOOD 4
Boreham Wood very nearly had the lead after 1 minute. A well taken shot from Terry Robbins needed a good save from the Walton keeper. Four minutes later it was Martin Taylors turn to save when the Boreham Wood defence was caught out by a through ball. Almost immediately following the save, Boreham Wood were caught out again. The Walton striker had beaten them all and Martin Taylor came out from his goal to close him down. The result was him seeing the ball lobbed over his head and into the net.
Boreham Wood did not let the score stop them from playing their own controlled football, but the near gale force winds blowing against them did hamper their progress. In the 40th minute they were rewarded for all their efforts with a corner . This was met by a header form Gary Nisbet which hit the woodwork. In the ensuing scramble Dave Hatchett managed to stab the ball into the net.
Within a minute of the second half, Shaun Marshall latched on to a through ball and calmly chipped the keeper. In the 65th minute Paul Shaw outran the Walton defenders, and the Walton keeper in his efforts to stop a certain goal, brought him down. The referee had no hesitation in awarding the penalty and sending off the keeper for a professional foul. As Walton did not have a reserve keeper, it was left to an outfield player to go in goal. His 1st job was picking the ball out of the back of the net following a good penalty kick taken by Tony Joyce.
With about 10 minutes to go, the goal of the match was scored by Dominic Grime. A stunning 40 yard kick to make Boreham Woods fourth.
All in all a good day to be a Boreham Wood supporter.
BOREHAM WOOD 0 DAGENHAM & REDBRIDGE 0
This was, as they say in football terms, a game of two halves. Dagenham played the better football and Wood were unable to string 2 passes together, and were second rate to the visitors. However despite Daggers domination they were unable to make a serious attempt on goal. Their best effort came after 30 minutes, a 35 yard shot which beat Martin Taylor but hit the crossbar. As the half time whistle blew, Boreham Wood were lucky to still be level.
The second half was a different story. Injury hit Wood finally started playing football and after 60 minutes Rob Hollingdale had a shot saved by the Dagenham keeper. Boreham Wood had another couple of chances to snatch the game, but did not have the final touch to score, and the game ended goal less.
Looking at the overall match a draw was a fair result.
Carshalton Athletic 0 Boreham Wood 0
BW got off to a good start with a definite penalty claim for hand ball turned down. They were however rewarded midway through the first half with a dubious penalty, when Samuals appeared to dive, and Steve Heffer stepped up to convert from the spot. New signing Simon Ireland had an outstanding game, but it was Terry Robbins who I feel stole the show with his relentless running and long inch perfect passes.
Once again Marshall scored in the second half from an Ireland cross that was not cleared, and fired home from six yards. Carshaltons brief resistance was led by former QPR defender Ian Dawes, once he was substituted the game was over .There was also a presence of around 30 Kingstonian supporters to check us out before Saturdays crunch game. On the away form we showed, they couldnt have left the ground feeling that confident about Saturdays six pointer game.
Match report by Ryan Helman
BOREHAM WOOD 0 KINGSTONIAN 1
This was the biggest league game at the Wood this season, with the winner almost certainly going up to the Conference. The game started as most people expected, with neither side committing themselves to any real scoring chance. The few chances made were by the Wood.
Midway through the first half, Kingstonian were lucky to keep 11 men on the pitch. Junior Samuels of Boreham Wood broke free and with only the keeper to beat was blatantly tripped from behind. The defender was shown the yellow card but it should have been red.
The second half started very much as the first, with Wood creating the better chances but never really looking like scoring. In the 57th minute a Kingstonian corner was flicked on to the unmarked Leworthy to drill the ball home.
After this the Wood could have gone to pieces but to their credit they raised their game in search of an equaliser. They kept the pressure on Kingstonian, who needed the help of the posts on 2 separate occasions to stop Wood scoring. Another two shots were saved off the line, and every Wood fan began to realise it was not their day.
PURFLEET 0 BOREHAM WOOD 2
For the first time in a while, Boreham Wood started a match with the fully fit team. It was not long into the game when a free kick found Gary Nesbit who headed back across goal, for Tony Samuels to score with an unstoppable shot from the edge of the 6 yard box.
Wood carried on playing the better football in search of the second goal. It looked a certainty when Tony Samuels broke free of the last Purfleet defender and was heading for goal. He easily pushed the ball past the Keeper, who made no attempt to play the ball and brought down Samuels. Unfortunately, as Wood supporters have witnessed over the last few weeks, yet another referee did not treat this as a professional foul and the keeper was allowed to stay on. Within minutes Wood nearly increased their lead curtsey of a Purfleet defender who headed a cross past his stranded keeper, but against the crossbar.
Purfleet only had two chances in the first half. The first came from a mistake by Steve Daly, but a fantastic save from Martin Taylor saved Wood. The second was a goal scored by former Wood player Dominic Gentle that was disallowed for handball.
The 2nd half saw Wood keeping up the pressure but unable to finish off. Midway through the 2nd half, Steve Daly won a penalty after he was tripped. Steve Heffer stepped up to take it, but his shot was wide of the target. Wood looked like they had settled for the one goal win when Shaun Marshall was on hand to turn in a low cross in the 90th minute.
This was a good solid team performance. If they can continue to play like this, they should be able to take Kingstonian all the way to the final game of the season.
BOREHAM WOOD 2 ENFIELD 1
The first half of this match was very tight, with neither side able to gain the upper hand. This resulted in the keepers being mere spectators.
The second half got under way but still neither team seemed to have any way forward. This changed mid way through the half. Enfield scored from a free kick, 25 yards out, that blasted past Martin Taylor into the right hand corner. This resulted in a much needed improvement in Woods performance, and 3 minutes later they had equalised, when Kerry Dixon headed across the goal for Shaun Marshall to tap the ball into an open net. Wood now set about winning the game, but could not convert possession into chances. With 90 minutes on the clock, a Simon Ireland header needed a good save from the Enfield keeper. The resulting corner was Woods last chance. With every man in the area it was Steve Heffers head that was first to the ball and in the net.
Boreham Wood did not play to their usual standard, but were rewarded for never giving up.