Boreham Wood v Solihull Moors
Saturday 27th February 2021, 3.00pm
Meadow Park, Vanarama National League

THE CONTEXT

Tomorrow afternoon, Wood host Solihull Moors in the Vanarama National League at Meadow Park.

The Moors come to Meadow Park off the back of a narrow 2-1 home defeat against league flyers Torquay United in their recent fixture.

While Wood hosted Bromley on Tuesday evening and the points were shared after the game ended in a 1-1 draw.

THE FORM GUIDE

THE WOOD

Previous six games (in all competitions): –

Bromley (H) | VNL |  1-1 D  
Altrincham (A) | VNL |  2-3  
Yeovil Town (H) | VNL |  2-3 L   
Sutton United (A) | VNL |  2-0 L 
Maidenhead United (A) | VNL | 0 -1 W
Weymouth (H) | VNL | 1-0 W

Meadow Park saw Boreham Wood versus Bromley on Saturday and both sides had to settle for a point a piece after the game ended 1-1.

Wood started the game on the front foot with both Kane Smith and Corey Whitley from wing-back positions, causing the Ravens backline problems with their bursting runs into the final third.

The pressure from Wood paid dividends in the 29th minute when Tyrone Marsh’s effort from the edge of the box was deflected into the Bromley goal past Mark Cousins to make the score 1-0.

The visitors started the second half on top and got their goal in the 55th minute when Nathan Ashmore was beaten by a superb effort from Courtney Duffus.

Wood created a chance of their own just after the goal when Gus Mafuta headed over a Kane Smith cross, but the visitors proceeded to mount the pressure in the later stages of the game with notable chances coming to Charlie Wakefield whose effort crashed against the crossbar.

In the 80th minute Whitley and Marsh linked up well down the left hand-side and the ball was eventually played into the path on Tshimanga, but his effort sailed wide of the Bromley goal.

Wood go into Saturdays fixture in 8th place, with a game in hand over Wrexham who sit in 7th just inside the illustrious play-off positions.

THE MOORS

Previous six games (in all competitions): –

Torquay United (H) | VNL | 1-2 L
Weymouth (A) | VNL | 0-0 D
Aldershot Town (A) | VNL | 1-3 W
Hartlepool (A) | VNL | 2-0 L
Eastleigh  (A) | VNL | 1-1 D
Notts County (A) | VNL | 2-0 L

The Moors come into this fixture on the back of a narrow 2-1 home defeat against top of the National League Torquay United on Tuesday evening.

James Shan’s side have experienced a slight dip in form in recent weeks having won just one of their previous five league fixtures.

Despite the Moors being in the bottom half of the table at 15th, they are just six points of the play-offs with several games in hand over many sides above them.

Solihull have struggled in front of goal this season with only four teams scoring less than their 25 goals in the league so far.

However, they have been solid on defensive duties as they have the joint 3rd best defensive record conceding just 21 goals in league proceedings.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

“THE DESTROYER”

ALEX GUDGER

Alex Gudger came through the youth system with Nuneaton and was part of the squad that gained promotion to the Conference. However, Gudger’s first experience of regular first team football was when he was at Rugby Town at just 19-years-old.

In 2015, Gudger moved to Worcester City but due to lack of game time made the switch the Brackley Town soon after. Gudger was a mainstay in the Brackley side, and helped his side win the Buildbase Trophy at Wembley when they beat Bromley 5-4 on penalties.

The central defender signed for the Moors in 2018 and scored an impressive six goals from the back in his opening season.

“THE PLAYMAKER

CALLUM MAYCOCK

Maycock was part of the Coventry City academy and went on to make his first team debut in 2016.

The midfielder spent time on loan with Macclesfield in League Two and made 32 appearances for the Silkmen in the 2018/19 campaign.

Maycock spent last season on loan with National League north side Leamington and caught the eye of many National League clubs but he opted to sign for the Moors at the start of the 2020/21 season.

Since joining the Moors, Maycock has been a regular in the heart of midfield and has made 18 appearances out of the 20 Solihull league fixtures.

“THE FINISHER

ADAM ROONEY

Rooney began his senior career with Stoke City and became the youngest ever hat trick hero at the club when he bagged three goals against Brighton & Hove Albion on the final day of the 2005/06 season.

In 2008, Rooney signed for Scottish Premier side Inverness Caledonian Thistle and went on to spend three years at the club scoring 53 goals in 120 games.

Birmingham City then came calling for Rooney’s signature and he scored eight goals in his opening season with the Blues.

The following season, Rooney went on loan to Swindon and Oldham before he made the permanent move back to Scotland when he signed for Aberdeen in 2014.

Rooney spent four years with Aberdeen and scored an impressive 88 goals in 196 appearances, including a SPL golden boot in the 2015/16 campaign where he netted 28 times.

The forward then moved back to England and signed for Salford City, where he helped his side gain promotion to League Two after a win in the 2018/19 play-off final, Rooney netted 21 times this season.

Rooney then signed for Solihull at the start of the 2020/21 campaign and will be hoping to help his side re-create Salford’s play-off winning campaign.

LAST TIME WE MET

Solihull Moors 1-0 Boreham Wood
Saturday 17th October 2020
Damson Park, Vanarama National League

Darren Carter was booked in the opening minutes of the match and consequently saw red in the 20th minute when he received his second yellow for a bad tackle on Kabongo Tshimanga.

Wood dominated proceedings before the red card, but after the sending off the visitors looked to sit back and not pile on the pressure as you would expect.

Adam Rooney scored the only goal of the game in the 75th minute when he finished well from just outside the penalty area past Nathan Ashmore.

After the goal, Wood looked for an equaliser but it was not meant to be and the score ended 1-0 to the hosts.

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Match Preview written by Joe Karadzas (Press Assistant)

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