The Wood are back at Meadow Park this Tuesday, August 14 when they welcome Gateshead in the National League (7.45pm). Here’s our preview…

Match Details

Tickets will be available to purchase on the gates, on the day of the game. Ticket prices are as follows: Adults £19; OAPS £14, under 16’s £9 and under 12’s £5.

These prices are to sit or stand. The West and East stands are seated, and the North and South stands are standing.

The match will not be segregated, and the nearest public car park is stationed in Brook Road and adjacent to stadium.

Team News

Luke Garrard has no fresh injury concerns going into the game.

Josh Umerah made his debut on Saturday and will be hoping to keep his place against Gateshead.

Form Guide

After a solid start to the season, Boreham Wood lost their first match of the 2018/19 campaign, with a 3-0 defeat away to Wrexham.

Despite the score line, there were positives to take from the loss, with the Wood arguably looking like the better side for periods of the game.

It was an affair of missed chances for Garrard’s side, who created plenty, but saw Wrexham’s clinical finishing make the difference.

If the Wood’s new look front line can find their shooting boots, then the goals should start flowing.

Managed by 44-year-old Steve Watson, Gateshead survived the drop last year with a 17th placed finish.

Now under the new ownership of businessman Dr Ranjan Varghese, the side have high expectations for the new campaign.

Several new players have arrived, including the high-profile capture of former Newcastle United defender Mike Williamson

One to Watch – Luke Armstrong

With four goals in just three appearances, Luke Armstrong has been the driving force behind their earlier season form.

The forward is on loan from Middlesbrough and has certainly taken to life on Tyneside.

Armstrong rose up through the Middlesbrough academy, before being released as an 18-year-old. However, he impressed with 23 goals for Blyth Spartans in the Northern Premier League and was soon back at ‘Boro.

The striker will be looking to add to his tally on Tuesday and will need to be watched carefully by the Wood backline.

From the Dugout – Luke Garrard  

“If the lads come in on Monday with their tails between their legs then I will be very frustrated, because I have got a better group than that.

“This doesn’t legislate where we are going as a football club, but the manner in which we conceded the goals today has to be addressed.

“If people lose their shirt for it then so be it, they haven’t got an argument on their part. We have got a great squad and great personnel to come in and be utilised.

“My word on Monday will be make sure that you come in and are ready to go to work.

“The beautiful thing about football is that we have got a game on Tuesday to put it right and I am hoping that they have the same ambition and energy to do that.”

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