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Following on from the heartbreak of conceding in the last seconds of the game up at Halifax on Tuesday night, Wood are now faced with a titanic task of securing a place in the National League for a second successive season.

Survival has long been the goal this campaign and Wood fought back at the Shay after a listless first half performance with two second half goals to draw level, only for the defence to shut down two seconds early, leaving Luke Garrard and his side a long and sombre journey through the night back to Hertfordshire.

The point they thought they had earned would have been a massive one, that would have left Wood outside the drop zone on goal difference. However they now occupy the final relegation spot with just four games left. All their major rivals have games in hand and only a win this Saturday will ensure that Wood are realistically in with a shout of survival.

The two sides last met at the end of February when a superb 3-0 victory up at Haig Avenue lifted Wood out of the drop zone. Since then Wood have managed just one win in eight games, compared to Southport’s two, leaving the visitors around one win from perceived safety. They have forty eight points, seven more than Wood.

Both sides have been showing that they can recover during the course of a game. Wood were twice behind in their previous game, a 2-2 draw on the road at Chester, whilst Southport also came from two goals down to earn a valuable draw in their last fixture, at home to Woking.

Jamie Lucas and Harry White were on target for Wood on Tuesday night, meaning eight goals have been recorded in the last four outings, yet the defence have shipped seven goals in three games, as many as in their previous ten outings.

The last time Wood were at Meadow Park it resulted in a superb 3-0 win over Dover Athletic and it is hoped that the same level of support can drum up the necessary atmosphere to win what is simply a Cup Final for Wood this Saturday.

Boreham Wood v Southport.

Saturday April 12th, kick off 3pm.

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