Match Preview
Boreham Wood v Barnet
Wednesday 1st January 2020, 3.00pm
Meadow Park, National League

On Wednesday afternoon, New Year’s Day 2020, Wood host local rivals Barnet in the Vanarama National League at Meadow Park.

Boreham Wood extended our unbeaten run to nine games after a draw at home to Eastleigh on Saturday, however with the sheer number of chances created by the Wood in the game, it definitely felt like two points dropped rather than a point gained.

Whereas, Barnet travelled to Aldershot and played their part in a goalless draw which now sees the Bees sit 12th in the National League.

THE CONTEXT

Boreham Wood took the lead after nine minutes when Piero Mingoia tapped in for his first goal of the season. Eastleigh’s keeper could only parry Kane Smith low driven cross and Mingoia was on hand to tap in from close range.

However, against the run of play, Eastleigh levelled the scoring during stoppage time in the first half via a glancing header from the experienced Danny Hollands.

Wood though restored their lead early in the second half with practically the first phase of play. A corner well won by Tshimanga was delivered into the box by Murtagh and Jamal Fyfield headed home to put the home side back in front.

However, despite the away side apposing very little threat at the Wood goal most of the afternoon, in the 92nd minute Tyrone Barnett headed a Jack Payne corner through Nathan Ashmore’s legs to secure a point for the Spitfires.

In their recent fixture Barnet travelled to Aldershot Town and in tricky conditions, came away with a deserved point.

BARNET RECENT FORM

Barnet come into this fixture on a good run of form and find themselves six games unbeaten in all competitions

Even though the Bees failed to score against the Shots in their previous game, they have still managed to find the net 11 times in their previous four league fixtures.

Any victory for the hosts over a single goal means they will overtake the Wood in the league standings, as they currently trail the Wood by 3 points and 3 goals in terms of goal differential, albeit with a game in hand.

BARNET PLAYER TO WATCH

Jack Taylor, Midfielder

Jack Taylor has been in fine form in recent weeks for his side and is the player to watch for this New Year’s Day match day preview.

The 21-year-old has featured 21 times for the Bees this season contributing to six goals in the process.

Taylor was in the youth set up at Chelsea for seven years before signing for Banet in 2012, he then went on to play for the Bees at Under 18 level.

Due to a consistent run of performances for his side, Taylor was rewarded with an international call up to the Republic of Ireland Under 21’s, where he made his international debut against Bahrain.

LAST TIME WE MET

Barnet 1-1 Boreham Wood, National League, The Hive, 1st Jan 2019

Wood followed up a Boxing Day win against their local rivals with a share of the points at the Hive on New Year’s Day last season.

Ephron Mason-Clark broke the deadlock in the 68th minute when he fired into the top corner form just outside the box.

Sorba Thomas was then fouled in the 85th minute and Wood substitute Bradley Ash converted from 12 yards to make it 1-1 meaning the sides would leave The Hive with a point a piece.

IN FOCUS: NATHAN ASHMORE

Photo Credit: Tom Mulholland Photography

Nathan Ashmore has been superb for Boreham Wood since coming in on loan from Ebbsfleet United in October and is our man in focus for this Wednesday’s match preview.

Ashmore enjoyed a youth career at Portsmouth before signing for Havant & Waterlooville in 2008.

The 30-year-old then spent a successful five years at Gosport Borough, where he helped them gain successive promotions to the National League South, as well as reaching the FA Trophy Final at Wembley against Cambridge United, before he was then snapped up by then National League South side Ebbsfleet United.

Ashmore featured over 170 times for the Fleet and has won their Player of the Season award for the previous two years.

MATCH DAY INFORMATION

SEGREGATION

Please note following the advice of the Safety Advisory Group and the Herts Constabulary Police, as well as our own Safety Officer and Chief Steward, this game will operate full segregation.

TICKET INFORMATION

Ticketing prices will be as follows for those who purchase in advance (subject to booking fee): –
Adult – £18.00
OAP – £13.00
U16 – £8.00
U12 – £5.00

Prices on the day consist of:-
Adult – £20.00
OAP – £15.00
U16 – £10.00
U12 – £7.00

Boreham Wood FC have moved onto an online ticketing system, in partnership with Event Genius. We advise all supporters planning to attend Boreham Wood FC matches at Meadow Park, both home and away supporters, purchase tickets beforehand. Once purchased, tickets are available to download directly to supporters’ phones via the Ticket Arena app and can also be printed at home and brought to the game for entry.

Home supporters can purchase HERE.

Away supporters can purchase HERE.

DISABLED OR LESS ABLE SUPPORTERS

BWFC has dedicated facilities for wheelchair bound and less able supporters. These include a viewing area and disabled toilet facilities. These are available via the West Stand. Supporters wishing to make use of these facilities are asked to enter the stadium via the South Stand Turnstiles off Brook Road car park. Disabled parking bays are available in this car park.

Please note that these parking spaces are limited and on a first come, first served basis. Unfortunately, spaces cannot be reserved by the club.

Please note that carers tickets will only be issued to those with a valid carer’s card, or, proof that they require a carer.

USE OF CAR PARK AND CLUB HOUSE

No supporter parking is available at Meadow Park, the club car park is available to players, directors, officials and guests only.

Boreham Wood FC advise supporters to park in Brook Road Public Car Park. Access to the Stadium is available from this car park via the South Stand Turnstiles (for away supporters) and via a public footpath through the adjacent park (for home supporters.) Please note that parking charges may apply.

Alternative parking is also available via the Hertsmere Council Civic Car Park, which is less than a 5-minute walk to the club. Again, please note parking charges may apply.

For home supporters using Brook Road Car Park, who wish to use the clubs bar facilities, this is a short walk to the main club house through the park.

Unfortunately, it is Boreham Wood FC policy that our club house is for home supporters only on match days. Away supporters are advised to use the facilities in the town centre just a short walk away from the Stadium via Brook Road.

Match Preview written By Joe Karadzas (Press Assistant)

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