Eastleigh v Boreham Wood
Saturday 22nd May 2021, 3.00pm
Silverlake Stadium, Vanarama National League

THE CONTEXT

Tomorrow afternoon, Boreham Wood travel to the Silverlake Stadium where they match up against Eastleigh in the Vanarama National League.

On Tuesday, Eastleigh beat Aldershot Town 3-1 away from home, thanks to Alex Wynter, Andrew Boyce and Joe Tomlinson.

Wood, similarly, played away from home and also found themselves on the right side of a 3-1 win against Weymouth. With two first-half goals from Tyrone Marsh and Kane Smith and an 85th-minute finisher from Corey Whitely, the Wood left The Bob Lucas stadium with all three points.

THE FORM GUIDE

THE WOOD

Previous six games (in all competitions): –

Weymouth (A) | VNL | 1-3 W
Wrexham (H) | VNL | 2 -3  L
Halifax (A) | VNL | 0-1 W
King’s Lynn Town (H) | VNL | 5-1 W
Stockport County (H) | VNL | 3-0
Barnet (H) | VNL | 0-0 D

Wood took a deserved lead, Tshimanga was played through on goal but forced wide when planning to shoot. He had the presence of mind to pick out Tyrone Marsh who buried his shot past Ross in the Terras goal. Wood doubled their lead on thirty-three minutes when Kane Smith produced a blistering strike that went in off of the post.

On sixty-four minutes Weymouth got a deserved goal when Jake McCarthy’s bullet header gave Nathan Ashmore no chance. But it was on seventy-one minutes some heroic defending from man of the match Fyfield when he blocked a Dallas shot which kept Wood in front.

Any fears Boreham Wood had of a repeat of Saturday’s capitulation against Wrexham were alleviated when they got their third goal on eighty-five minutes with a brilliant run and pass from Keiran Murtagh to Corey Whitely, who expertly finished past Ross in the Terras goal.

Tom Champion will be back in action tomorrow after missing Tuesday’s game vs. Weymouth as he received two yellow cards in the previous fixture against Wrexham.

THE SPITFIRES

Previous six games (in all competitions): –

Aldershot Town (A) |VNL | 1-3 W
Barnet (H) | VNL | 3-0 W
Torquay (A) | VNL | 3-1 L
Notts County (H) | VNL | 2-0 W
Sutton (H) | VNL | 1-0 W
Notts County (A) | VNL | 0-1 W

The Spitfires come into this fixture off the back of a 3-1 away win against Aldershot Town in the Vanarama National League on Tuesday evening.

Though Eastleigh currently sit in 9th position they have a game in hand against all team above them and are only two point’s behind Wrexham in 6th position.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

“THE DESTROYER”

JOE PARTINGTON

Parrington began his youth career with Portsmouth but was released in 2006 and went on to sign for AFC Bournemouth.

The defender spent four years with Bournemouth where he made a total of 52 appearances in League One. During his time with the Cherries, Partington spent time on loan with Eastbourne Borough and Aldershot Town before he signed for Eastleigh in 2015.

In the 2015/16 season, Partington won the Player of the Season award with the Spitfires. The 30-year-old then parted ways with Eastleigh in 2017 and signed for Bristol Rovers where he went on to feature 53 times.

Partington re-signed for the Spitfires in 2019 and has been a mainstay in the side making 44 appearances since his re-joined.

“THE PLAYMAKER”

JACK PAYNE

Jack Payne came through the youth system with Gillingham and made his senior debut in 2008 against Chester City in League two.

Due to a lack of game time, Payne joined Peterborough on loan in 2013 where the deal was made permanent in the following season.

In 2016, Payne joined Blackpool and featured in the League Two play-off final victory over Exeter City. After spending just one season with Blackpool, Payne then signed for Ebbsfleet where he spent two years and made over 50 appearances.

Payne spent time on loan with Eastleigh in 2018 and a year later the deal was made permanent. The midfielder has been pivotal to Eastleigh’s squad since he joined and has featured over 60 times, barely missing a game.

“THE FINISHER”

BEN HOUSE

Ben House started his youth career with Aldershot Town before joining the academy at Reading in 2016. A year later, House signed his first professional contract but was released from the deal with the Royals at the end of last season.

House spent time on loan with Swindon Town and Dagenham & Redbridge during last season’s campaign. The 21-year-old featured 11 times for the Daggers last season and scored two goals along the way.

The impressive performances attracted the attention of several National League clubs but it was Eastleigh who won the signature of the young forward.

LAST TIME WE MET

Boreham Wood 1-2 Eastleigh 
Saturday 30th January 2021
Meadow Park, Vanarama National League

A stoppage time winner from Eastleigh substitute Dan Smith secured all three points for the Spitfires with a 2-1 victory at Meadow Park.

Boreham Wood got off to a dominant start in terms of possession with some nice interplay between Kane Smith, Matt Rhead and Junior Morias, but it was Eastleigh who gave an indication of what was to come when they had the first chance after six minutes. On twelve minutes it was Kane Smith who gave the home side the lead with a fantastic shot from the edge of the area across McDonnell in the Eastleigh goal after a neat layoff from frontman Matt Rhead.

On seventy-two minutes the visitors equalised when an excellent cross from Danny Hollands found Barnett on the six yard box who beat Ashmore at the far post. In the second minute of stoppage time with Boreham Wood seemingly going forward to try and grab a winner, they were caught on the break by Ben House whose fantastic run and unselfish ball to Ben Smith enabled the substitute to finish well and seal victory for the Hampshire side.

PRE MATCH WORDS

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