It is with delight that the Club can announce that Manager Luke Garrard has been chosen as National League Manager of the Month for December.
Despite December being a stop/start month for the Club on the pitch with back-to-back-to-back postponements over the festive period, Garrard guided Wood to a strong start to the month and within touching distance of the National League play-offs with a 100% record.
A difficult start to the season saw Wood sitting in 16th position with nine points from our opening nine games, however a 100% record with three wins in three December league fixtures saw Wood climb to within two points of the coveted play-off places with games in hand over the play-off place incumbents.
Most impressive was not just the manner in which Wood played during the month of December, but the opposition and circumstance too. Two of the three wins came against high flying former Football League opposition in Hartlepool United and Notts County, both taking up a play-off position themselves and both away from home.
These back-to-back victories were followed by a Meadow Park classic against Aldershot Town in front of the returning Wood fans on the day the Club celebrated the lives of the two Micky’s, Wood legends Micky Jackson and Micky Lennon. After allowing a 2-goal advantage to slip, as we entered the last 5-minutes of the tightly contested affair, our very own Sorba Thomas popped up in the right place at the right time to clinch Wood all 3-points in front our much missed home faithful, for perhaps what will be the only time this season…
Upon receiving the award Garrard commented, “I think this shows the great work from everyone involved at the Club to achieve a 100% record during the month of December, which is impressive. This is as such their award as it is mine.
“We now as a group need to continue working smart and take our month of December form into the rest of the season to ensure we deliver on what we set out for at the beginning of this season.
“I want to thank the Chairman, Charlie and all day-to-day staff for all their hard work to allow myself, the management team and the players the luxury to perform week in, week out.”
Well done, Luke!
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