Boreham Wood vs. Chesterfield
Saturday 12th March 2022, KO 3.00pm
LV BET Stadium Meadow Park, Vanarama National League
This Saturday, Wood host a crucial top-of-the-table clash with Chesterfield traveling down to Hertfordshire.
The Spireites sit second in the Vanarama National League table with just two defeats in their last ten games, although they remain five points behind leaders Stockport County having played more games than anyone else in the top seven.
Wood fell to defeat last time out against promotional rivals Wrexham, and we will be looking to bounce back in another important fixture against second place Chesterfield this weekend.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
The brother of Manchester United captain and England international Harry, Laurence Maguire is a product of the Chesterfield Academy where he captained the youth teams before being handed his first professional contract in June 2015. He made his first team debut just a year later against Wolverhampton Wanderers U23’s in the Checkatrade Trophy, and established himself as a key part of the team after a brief loan away at AFC Fylde in 2017. A versatile defensive-minded player, he has featured in both central defense and as a defensive midfielder, and has a total of 140 Spireites appearances to his name.
A graduate of the Doncaster Rovers Academy, Liam Mandeville broke through at the Keepmoat Stadium after a brief spell on loan at Whitby Town, becoming a regular throughout the 2016/17 season where he won a Young Player of the Month award. Loan spells with Colchester United for the remainder of 2017/18 and Morecambe for the entirety of 2018/19 preceded a permanent move to Chesterfield, who snapped him up following his release from Doncaster. An attacking ball-playing midfielder who can play up front as well, he has made 100 appearances since arriving at the Technique Stadium in the summer of 2019.
Netherlands-born striker Akwasi Asante began his career with several local clubs in Amsterdam before moving to England at the age of 13, where he was spotted by Birmingham City and began a two-year scholarship in 2009. Loan spells with Northampton Town and Shrewsbury Town saw him gain experience before being released, and he went on to enjoy spells at Kidderminster Harriers, Solihull Moors, Grimsby Town, Tamworth, Chester and Gloucester City. Eight goals in nine appearances for the latter caught the eye of Chesterfield, and he moved to the Technique Stadium December 2020, following manager James Rowe to Derbyshire.
LAST TIME WE MET
Chesterfield 2-1 Boreham Wood
Saturday 23rd October 2021
Technique Stadium, Vanarama National League
Ex-Wood man Kabongo Tshimanga netted the winner against his former club to hold off a second half Wood comeback. The hosts broke the deadlock after 20 minutes when the dangerous Tshimanga was brought down in the box by Nathan Ashmore, with Danny Rowe converting the spot kick. Wood fought back with a couple of good chances, but Tshimanga doubled the Spireites’ lead on the stroke of half time with a thunderous strike from 20-yards out. Will Evans was the unlikeliest of scorers with 23 minutes left, but Wood were unable to find an equaliser before the defender was shown his second yellow card deep into stoppage time.
HOW TO WATCH
All spectators are encouraged to pre-purchase their match tickets to avoid queuing and congestion upon entry into the ground. Tickets are also available to be purchased on the day via cash and debit/credit card.
Home supporters purchasing match tickets on the day should go to the club’s ticket office located in the main club car park, whereas visiting supporters can purchase match tickets on the day from their designated turnstiles.
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.
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