The Wood are back on their travels this Saturday, August 26 (3pm) when they face Tranmere Rovers, Here’s our preview……..

Team News

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

Luke Garrard struggled with injuries at the start of the campaign, with the likes of Dave Stephens, Bradley Ash, Danny Woodards and Dean Wells all missing.

However, all but Bradley Ash will be fit for the fixture against Tranmere, with Woodards and Stephens both featuring against Aldershot.

Form Guide

Having now won their last three matches, the Wood sit inside the playoffs in fourth place.

A 2-1 victory over league leaders Aldershot Town boosted confidence among Meadow Park, as the Shots became the latest scalp claimed by the Wood.

The week previous, Garrard’s side had come from behind to beat Solihull Moors 4-1 at home, before beating Torquay United 2-4 away on the Tuesday night.

Bruno Andrade has four goals in as many games and will be aiming to continue his fine run of form.

Tranmere have had a mixed campaign so far, their only win coming at home as they beat Woking 3-1.

Having lost 2-0 to Eastleigh last Saturday, the Rovers will be looking to kick-start their season against the Wood.

From the Dugout – Luke Garrard  

“I am expecting a reaction from them. They suffered a defeat against Eastleigh last time out and they are against us, who are on the up.

“Micky Mellon and his side will believe that they need to get three points come Saturday.

“You just have to read his notes and listen to his interview after the Eastleigh game and there is a group there that were so close to getting promoted into the league last season. One in five probably isn’t the return that they were hoping for, but football turns around.

“They are looking to get a win on the board and it is for us to go there and implement our game plan to hopefully inflict another loss onto them.”

“They have got great quality across the board, you look at the defenders that they have got available; Steve McNulty, Ritchie Sutton and Jay McEveley and then in their forward ranks they have James Norwood, Andy Cook and James Alabi.

“They have got quality across the board, so for me Saturday is going to be no easy task. But, it is about us going there with a positive mind-set, and hopefully we can return with a result.”



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