by John Mead.

If Wood are to remain one of only three sides with maximum points they need to improve their form at Wheatsheaf Park this Saturday. Ian Allinson’s men have yet to win there in their four seasons in the Vanarama Conference South.

Last season was a disappointment for an injury ravaged side that were already without the services of their two central defenders Charlie O’Loughlin and Callum Reynolds. Then losing both Benn Nunn and Luke Garrard to injury during the game resulted in a 1-3 defeat. Previous visits resulted in two draws and a 1-2 defeat so here’s hoping for a change in fortune!

Marcus Gayles’ side had a good pre season and according to the Gaffer, “ Are a very good side. They finished eighth last season. Their home form is incredible, had they replicated that away from Wheatsheaf Park last season they would have comfortably made the Play Offs.”

That home form took an unexpected knock on Tuesday night when St Albans City came back from two down to record a 2-3 victory. Prior to that they returned from fancied Whitehawk with maximum points on the opening day recording a 1-2 victory.

Louie Theophanous, much like Monty and Lee Angol has already helped himself to three goals in two games and one feels a personal battle will ensue on the day to pull clear in the goal scoring table!

Wood fans will recognise two of The Swans in the shape of central defender Jerel Ifil and striker Calum Willock.

“We will plan and prepare for this game and we are taking one game at a time this season, much like we did for our opening two fixtures” said Allinson. “ We are benefitting I feel from a very tough pre season against quality sides when we learnt how to defend. The goal return was low but that is what you expect against professional sides. Certainly we look like we have addressed that now with the League campaign underway.”

Wood fans were superb on Tuesday night and are urged to keep the support going as we go on the road again this weekend!

Saturday August 16th, Staines Town v Boreham Wood, kick off 3pm.

Wheatsheaf Park, Wheatsheaf Lane, Staines TW18 2PD.


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