Boreham Wood v Maidenhead United
Saturday 29th May 2021, 12.30pm
Meadow Park, Vanarama National League

THE CONTEXT

This Saturday, Wood host 14th place Maidenhead United in the Vanarama National League at Meadow Park.

In their recent fixture on Tuesday evening, the Magpies lost 2-0 on the road against Barnet.

Similarly, Wood also faced an on-the-road defeat against Play-Off Candidates, Eastleigh when the home side scored a 93rd minute goal to take all three points from a 1-0 win.

THE FORM GUIDE

THE WOOD

Previous six games (in all competitions): –

Eastleigh (A) | VNL | 1-0 L
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

Wood traveled to Eastleigh on Saturday and fell victim to defeat in the 93rd minute.

Wood took control of the game, pressed from the off, and had opportunities but could not capitalise.

The Spitfires finally came to life in the last ten minutes and on eighty-four minutes Ashmore made a fantastic save to deny Ben House and a minute later saved well from a Jack Payne’s free-kick. On eighty-eight minutes Pierce Bird put the ball in the net for Eastleigh but it was ruled out for offside with their supporters already going berserk. This celebration was merely a dress rehearsal for what happened in the second minute of stoppage time. Just when it looked like Boreham Wood would hold on for a draw Sam Smart’s cross struck a Boreham Wood hand and referee Aaron Jackson had no choice but to point to the penalty spot. Tomlinson coolly sent Ashmore the wrong way sealing all three points for the hosts.

THE MAGPIES

Previous six games (in all competitions): –

Barnet (A) | VNL | 2-0 L
FC Halifax Town (H) | VNL | 1-2 L
Yeovil Town (A) | VNL | 0-0  D
Sutton United (H) | VNL | 0-3  L
Notts County (A) | VNL | 2-4 W
Wrexham (H) | VNL | 2-2 D

Maidenhead come into this fixture on the back of a 2-0 away loss against Barnet, making that their third loss in six games.

Alan Devonshire’s side currently sit one place below Wood with the ability to leapfrog the home side if they were to take the three points. The visitors come to Meadow Park in a poor vain of form but have a chance of finishing one place higher than they currently sit.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

“THE DESTROYER”

ALAN MASEY

Alan Masey started his senior career with Wealdstone, before joining Braintree Town on loan in October 2012.

The deal was made permanent at the end of the 2012/13 campaign and he went on to make over 100 appearances at Cressing Road.

Masey then signed for Maidenhead in 2015 and was named club captain soon after joining.

The commanding centre back has been a mainstay in the Magpies side since signing on at York Road and has made over 200 appearances as he heads into his sixth season at the club.

“THE PLAYMAKER”

SAM BARRATT

Sam Barratt began his youth career at Woodley Town before joining Bracknell Town in 2011 at just 15-years-old.

Barratt became the youngest ever player for the Robins when made his debut and impressively scored at just 16 years of age.

In 2014, Barratt signed for Maidenhead United and during his four seasons at the club, he featured 97 times and was a key part to the team that won the National League South in 2016/17.

Barratt signed his first professional contract with Southend United in 2018 but suffered a knee injury which halted his first team opportunities.

As Barratt returned from injury, he struggled to get back into the first team and re-joined the Magpies at the start of this season.

Impressively, Barratt is the joint second top scorer in the National League with nine goals in 16 league games.

“THE FINISHER”

DANILO ORSI

Danilo Orsi spent his youth career in the US before moving to England where he signed for East Thurrock United.

In 2018, Orsi signed for Hungerford Town in the National League South and was his sides top scorer which helped them survive relegation.

Orsi then signed for Hampton & Richmond at the start of last season and went on to score an impressive 14 goals in 34 league appearances.

This goal scoring record attracted a lot of attention from several National League clubs, but it was Maidenhead who won the signature of the young Forward.

Orsi has scored seven goals in 15 appearances this season, including a brace in Saturday’s 3-2 away win against Halifax Town.

LAST TIME WE MET

Maidenhead United 0-1 Boreham Wood
Saturday 25th February 2021
York Road, Vanarama National League

It was the returning Tyrone Marsh who scored the winner in his second debut for the club in this close encounter at York Road.

It was the excellent work of Francis-Angol when he won the ball from a Maidenhead defender and delivered an excellent hanging cross which was knocked in at the far post by Marsh.

Boreham Wood were nearly made to pay for that miss on the seventy-fifth minute when Nathan Blissett looked like he was going to equalise for the hosts but was denied by a tremendous block from Krystian Pearce.

HOW TO WATCH

MATCH TICKETS (HOME FANS ONLY)

Due to the updated government guidelines, only home fans will now be able to enter Meadow Park to watch the game live. All tickets are encouraged to be pre-purchased however any sales taken on the day will be CARD ONLY.

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Please note: If you are suspected or found to be a Maidenhead United supporter and try to attend the game you will be refused entry or removed from the Stadium and will not be given a refund.

BWFCtv MATCH PASS (HOME & AWAY FANS)

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LIVE UPDATES

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