Match Preview
Boreham Wood v Woking
Saturday 30th November 2019, 3.00pm
Meadow Park, National League

On Saturday, Boreham Wood welcome Woking to Meadow Park, who currently sit 4th in the Vanarama National League.

In their recent fixture, Woking ran out 2-1 winners over a very strong Bromley side who sat 2nd in the division.

Whereas, Boreham Wood extended their unbeaten streak to five games after a 2-2 draw away to Non-League giants and former oldest Football League outfit Notts County on Tuesday evening.

THE CONTEXT

Boreham Wood made it four draws in five games meaning we would slip down into the bottom half of the league table in 14th place.

Boreham Wood started the game brightly with Justin Shaibu continuing his fine form, putting us into the lead after 15 minutes played, heading in from close range after a well worked corner routine saw Kane Smith cross expertly.

However, it wasn’t long before the tables turned, and after a quickfire brace of headers from the Magpies Kyle Wootton, Notts County took a 2-1 lead into the half-time interval.

However, despite leaving it late, Wood sealed a historic point against Non-League juggernauts Notts County as Kabongo Tshimanga went through on goal in the 91st minute but was fouled petulantly by Notts defender Connell Rawlinson, with the ref deciding to give the experienced centre back his marching orders.

The referee also adjudged that the foul had taken place inside the penalty area, and it was academy graduate Sorba Thomas who again stepped up to convert from the spot to equalise for the Wood for his 3rd goal of the season.

On Tuesday night, Woking went 1-0 down to Bromley in the 16th minute via a Luke Coulson goal for the Ravens.

Though, the home side managed to make an impressive comeback after goals from Tarpey and Hyde secured all three points making it three wins from their last four for Woking.

WOKING RECENT FORM

Woking come into this fixture in impressive form having lost just once in their previous six games in the Vanarama National League.

It’s been a dream start for the newly promoted side as they sit 4th in the league, just 3 points off league leaders Barrow.

Woking have lost the second least games so far this season (5) along with 3rd place Bromley, one of which was a 2-1 defeat against Boreham Wood in the reverse fixture at the Kingfield Stadium back in September.

WOKING PLAYER TO WATCH

Dave Tarpey, Forward

Dave Tarpey has been in superb form in recent weeks for Woking contributing with both goals and assists.

The 31-year-old forward has featured in 21 of the Cards 23 league games this season, notching five goals in the process. However, his main contribution to the Cards impressive league standing has been as provider, supporting the division’s 5th top goal scorer Jake Hyde with many assists.

Prior to joining Woking, originally on loan before the joining permanently in the summer of 2019, Tarpey had a period with our local rivals Barnet, but his time at The Hive was marred with a number of serious injuries.

Before earning his move into the Football League with the Bees, the forward had an exceptional time at Maidenhead United. Most notanly during the 2016/17 campaign Tarpey bagging 45 goals in all competitions, helping his side to win the National League South that season.

LAST TIME WE MET

Woking 1-2 Boreham Wood (Saturday 28th September 2019, National League)

Boreham Wood produced an impressive comeback, after playing a large portion of the 2nd half with 10 men after captain Mark Ricketts saw red in the 55th minute for his lunging challenge on Woking’s Toby Edser.

After a series of early corners for the Cards, Wood eventually succumbed to the pressure as a Toby Edser corner evaded all Wood defenders and found Kane Ferdinand lurking at the back post to head in, opening the scoring with just 10 minutes on the clock.

However, despite early pressure from Woking, Wood’s talisman Tshimanga managed to get one back for the away side in the 39th minute, which meant the sides went into the break on level terms.

It was that man Tshimanga who scored again to give Wood the lead just after the break, but then a controversial red card for Mark Ricketts meant the Wood faced a difficult task to play 35 minutes with 10 men.

We managed to see the game out, despite lots of pressure from the home side, and secured a crucial three points on the road against a strong Woking side.

IN FOCUS: PIERO MINGOIA

Capturing the signature of Piero Mingoia this summer was a huge scalp for the Wood. Mingoia started pre-season and the National League campaign in emphatic form, however a frustrating string of injuries halted his progress.

Despite this, Mingoia has remained a crucially important member of Luke Garrard’s squad this season. Mingoia has featured 14 times so far this season for the Wood, deployed at both attacking midfield and right wing back positions, illustrating his versatility and adaptability.

Prior to returning to Meadow Park for his second spell, Mingoia had enjoyed a very successful period with Football League side Accrington Stanley, helping them gain promotion to League One, as well as having t period with Cambridge United. Piero started his career locally after graduating through Premier League Watford FC’s renowned academy, featuring on five occasions with the Hornet’s first team over a three-year spell.

MATCH DAY INFORMATION

SEGREGATION

Please note following the advice of the Safety Advisory Group and the Herts Constabulary Police, as well as our own Safety Officer and Chief Steward, this game will operate full segregation.

TICKET INFORMATION

Ticketing prices will be as follows for those who purchase in advance (subject to booking fee): –
Adult – £18.00
OAP – £13.00
U16 – £8.00
U12 – £5.00

Prices on the day consist of:-
Adult – £20.00
OAP – £15.00
U16 – £10.00
U12 – £7.00

Boreham Wood FC have moved onto an online ticketing system, in partnership with Event Genius. We advise all supporters planning to attend Boreham Wood FC matches at Meadow Park, both home and away supporters, purchase tickets beforehand. Once purchased, tickets are available to download directly to supporters’ phones via the Ticket Arena app and can also be printed at home and brought to the game for entry.

Home supporters can purchase HERE.

Away supporters can purchase HERE.

DISABLED OR LESS ABLE SUPPORTERS

BWFC has dedicated facilities for wheelchair bound and less able supporters. These include a viewing area and disabled toilet facilities. These are available via the West Stand. Supporters wishing to make use of these facilities are asked to enter the stadium via the South Stand Turnstiles off Brook Road car park. Disabled parking bays are available in this car park.

Please note that these parking spaces are limited and on a first come, first served basis. Unfortunately, spaces cannot be reserved by the club.

Please note that carers tickets will only be issued to those with a valid carer’s card, or, proof that they require a carer.

USE OF CAR PARK AND CLUB HOUSE

No supporter parking is available at Meadow Park, the club car park is available to players, directors, officials and guests only.

Boreham Wood FC advise supporters to park in Brook Road Public Car Park. Access to the Stadium is available from this car park via the South Stand Turnstiles (for away supporters) and via a public footpath through the adjacent park (for home supporters.) Please note that parking charges may apply.

Alternative parking is also available via the Hertsmere Council Civic Car Park, which is less than a 5-minute walk to the club. Again, please note parking charges may apply.

For home supporters using Brook Road Car Park, who wish to use the clubs bar facilities, this is a short walk to the main club house through the park.

Unfortunately, it is Boreham Wood FC policy that our club house is for home supporters only on match days. Away supporters are advised to use the facilities in the town centre just a short walk away from the Stadium via Brook Road.

Match Preview written by Joe Karadzas (Press Assistant)

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