The Wood are at Hemel Hempstead this Tuesday, April 17 (7.45pm) when they face Royston Town in the Herts Senior Cup final. Here’s our preview……..

Match Details

The match will take place at Hemel Hempstead’s Vauxhall Road ground.

Entrance fees are as follows: Adults £12; Concessions £6; Under 16s £6.

Team News

The Wood have no fresh injury concerns going into the fixture.

Despite a busy National League schedule, Luke Garrard is expected to name a strong side for the final.

Form Guide 

The Wood returned to winning ways last time out, when they beat Chester 4-2.

Michael Folivi opened the scoring, before a Bruno Andrade penalty doubled the lead before half time.

Goals from Morgan Ferrier and Ricky Shakes then secured the win, despite a brace from Chester’s Oluwasen Akintunde.

Garrard and his side knocked out Kings Langley 2-0 at Meadow Park in the last round of the competition, having seen off Hitchin Town and Stevenage prior to that.

Managed by 51-year-old Steve Castle, Royston currently sit sixth in the Southern League Premier Division, having beaten Tiverton Town 2-1 last time out in the league.

Royston defeated Hoddesdon Town 2-0 in their semi-final of the competition.

From the Dugout – Luke Garrard  

“I think that I lost in the final against Hitchin in my first opportunity at Silverware in the year that we stayed up.

“It is an opportunity to get silverware on the board and I think that it can gain momentum.

“You look at the games where we played Hitchin and Kings Langley, where we got clean sheets, and I think that we then had a run of five/six clean sheets.

“Tuesday is going to massive for us. Obviously, it is up at Hemel, so we don’t know what the pitch is going to be like, but we will go there fully focused and ready to win a game of football.

“I am very excited, I think that it is a massive opportunity to get it onto my CV and for the boys to get it onto their CVs.

“Like I said, it is all about momentum at this stage. I think that winning a games of football is hard, so if you can get onto a run, then it is difficult to stop.”


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