Canvey Island vs. Boreham Wood
Monday 30th November 2020, 7.45pm
Park Lane, Emirates FA Cup 2nd Round

THE CONTEXT

On Monday night, Wood face Isthmian North side Canvey Island in the 2nd Round of the Emirates FA Cup at Park Lane.

The Gulls’ last competitive fixture came in the 1st Round of the Emirates FA Cup where they won 2-1 on the road against Banbury United.

Whereas Wood disappointingly lost against National League newcomers Altrincham at Meadow Park in their recent fixture nine days ago.

Unfortunately, this fixture will be held behind closed doors, however you can watch the game on BT Sport 1 with coverage starting from 7pm.

THE FORM GUIDE

THE WOOD

Previous six games (in all competitions): –

Altrincham (H) | VNL | 0-1 
Bromley (A) | VNL | 1-1 D 
Torquay United (A) | VNL | 1-1 D
Dagenham & Redbridge (H) | VNL |0-1 L 
Southend United (H) | FAC1R | 3-3 (4-3 after penalty shootout) W
Woking (H) | VNL | 1-0 W

Wood matched up against Altrincham for the first time in five seasons in our most recent game last Saturday, where we unfortunately lost 1-0.

Jamie McDonald’s 87th minute winner for the Robins is just the second home goal that Luke Garrard’s side have conceded in the league this season, the other coming from a 1-0 defeat to Dagenham & Redbridge.

Wood failed to create any clear cut chances throughout the course of the game, which came back to hurt us when the Robins took one of their rare chances of the game which meant they would leave Meadow Park with all three points.

Garrard was not happy in the manner that the goal was conceded with multiple errors in the lead up, leaving McDonald with the simple task of passing into an empty net.

THE GULLS

Previous six games (in all competitions): –

Banbury United (A) | FAC1R | 1-2 W
Basildon United (A) | IDN | 3-3 D
Cray Wanderers (H) | FAC4QR | 3-2
Bedfont Sports (A) | FAC3QR | 0-2 W
Brentwood (A) | IDN | 1-1 D
Maldon & Tiptree (H) | IDN | 0-1 L

It has been a difficult start to the 2020/21 league campaign for the Gulls as they have won just one of their opening five league games, sitting 15th in the Isthmian Division North.

Despite the tough League start, the Gulls have enjoyed an amazing FA Cup run and are the joint lowest ranked side left in the Emirates FA Cup alongside Marine. Mark Bentley will be hoping he can spur his side on to reach the 3rd Round of the competition for only the second time in their club’s history.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

“THE DESTROYER”

MICHAEL FINNERAN

Club Captain Michael Finneran joined the Gulls in the summer of 2019 from Isthmian North rivals Grays Athletic.

Finneran featured for the Gulls at youth team level and in their reserve side before moving on in search for regular first team football.

The 25-year-old has featured previously in the Essex Senior League before signing for Romford where he was made club captain imminently.

Finneran has Non-League football experience in abundance as he has also featured for Basildon United and Bowers & Pitsea.

“THE PLAYMAKER”

ELLIOT RONTO

Australian Midfielder Elliot Ronto signed for the Gulls at the start of the 2020/21 campaign and has featured 17 times since signing.

Ronto joined the Gulls from Isthmian North counterparts Heybridge Swifts and has also featured for several clubs in Australia where he was born and raised.

Ronto has chipped in with four important goals for his side this season including a winner in the 1st Round of the Emirates FA Cup against Banbury United.

“THE FINISHER”

TOBI JOSEPH

Centre Forward Tobi Joseph started his senior career with Hayes & Yeading in the Isthmian Premier South Division.

After this, Joseph opted for a move abroad in the form of Swedish side Ostersunds before signing for IK Brage.

The forward spent an enjoyable five seasons with Hornchurch before signing for Canvey Island in July 2019.

PRE-MATCH WORDS

STAY HOME, STAY SAFE

LIVE BT SPORT COVERAGE

Unfortunately, no fans will be allowed to attend this fixture, however, you can watch the game live on BT Sport 1 with the coverage starting at 7.00pm. The Emirates FA Cup draw for the 3rd round will also be taking place BT Sport 1 at 6.30pm.

RADIO COVERAGE

You can also keep up to date with the match via BBC 3 Counties Radio. At the time of writing link’s to the Radio broadcast were unavailable but the game will be covered, just search “Canvey Island v Boreham Wood BBC Radio” closer to kick-off.

LIVE UPDATES

Alternatively, you can keep up with the action via our Twitter and Instagram pages, where there will be regular updates throughout the course of the match.

Instagram: @boreham_woodfc
Twitter: @boreham_woodfc

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Match Preview written by Joe Karadzas (Press Assistant)

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