Yeovil Town v Boreham Wood
Saturday 17th April 2021, 12.30pm
Huish Park, Vanarama National League

THE CONTEXT

Wood are on the road again and head to Huish Park to face Yeovil Town in the Vanarama National League this afternoon.

The Glover’s last fixture was nearly three weeks ago, with a 3-1 victory over Barnet, thanks to three first half goals from Tom Knowles, Charlie Lee and Josh Neufville.

Boreham Wood, travelled Northbound on Tuesday and faced an in-form Chesterfield side, coming away with a point after a goalless draw at the Technique Stadium.

THE FORM GUIDE

THE WOOD

Previous six games (in all competitions): –

Chesterfield (A) | VNL | 0-0 D
Wealdstone (H) | VNL | 3-1 
Hartlepool United (H) | VNL | 2-2 D
Sutton United (H) | VNL | 0-0 D
Aldershot Town (A) | VNL |  3-3 
Notts County (H) | VNL |  2-2 D

Wood faced a strong Play Off promotion candidate on Tuesday evening and came away with a point after a goalless draw vs. Chesterfield.

Although it was the home side that took control of the game in the first ten minutes, this was a contest where the wood only got stronger.

The game was very stop-start but the last ten minutes was all Boreham Wood. And it was Corey Whitely who put the ball in the net straight from a corner but the referee immediately ruled the goal out due to a foul by Tshimanga on Smith in the Chesterfield goal. Although it looked very much like the former Wood keeper was just rooted to his spot.

THE GLOVERS

Previous six games (in all competitions): –

Barnet (H) | VNL | 3-1 W
Notts County (H) | VNL | 2-2 D
Notts County (A) | VNL | 2-0 L
Bromley (H) | VNL | 2-1 L
Woking (H) | VNL  | 2-1 W
Sutton United (A) | VNL | 2-1 L

The Glovers currently sit in 17th place but with two games in hand to the Wood, two wins would see them at the same points and games we are currently on, sitting in 11th.

Rhys Murphy currently sits in fifth position of top goal scorers in the League with 12 goals so far from 28 games.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

“THE DESTROYER”

LUKE WILKINSON

Former Wood defender Luke Wilkinson came through the youth ranks at Bristol City before signing his first professional contract with Portsmouth in 2009.

Lack of game time with Pompey saw Wilkinson go out on loan to Northampton and Eastleigh, then signing a permanent move with League One outfit Dagenham & Redbridge in 2010.

During his time with the Daggers, Wilkinson joined the Wood on loan in the 2010/11 and 2011/12 seasons where he made over 50 appearances.

Wilkinson spent four seasons with the Daggers where he made over 60 appearances before signing for Luton Town in 2014.

The central defender spent two seasons with the Hatters before signing for League Two side Stevenage.

Despite making over 100 appearances for the Boro, Wilkinson was released at the end of the 2018/19 campaign which saw him put pen to paper on a two-year deal with current club Yeovil Town.

“THE PLAYMAKER”

ALBI SKENDI

27 year old Albi Skendi joined the Glovers on his first professional contract in 2019, from Stratford Town after helping Stratford to their highest ever league finish in the club’s history.

The versatile player is able to play at his best across midfield, defence and up front.

With previous spells at Oxford City and Banbury United as well as stints in America with Los Angeles Wolfs and Marymount California University, the 6’4″ utility man is now in his second season at Yeovil. Skendi was just named the National League player of the month for February due to a strong start in 2021, specifically scoring three goals in four games.

“THE FINISHER”

RHYS MURPHY

Murphy came through the youth ranks with Wimbledon before making the switch to Arsenal where he signed his first professional contract in 2008.

During his time with the Gunners, Murphy went on loan to Brentford and Preston North End before signing a permanent deal with Dutch side Telstar.

After scoring several important goals for the Dutch side, there was a lot of attraction from Football League Clubs but he opted for League One outfit Oldham Athletic.

Soon after signing with Oldham, Murphy went on loan to Crawley Town where he scored nine goals in 15 league appearances.

The centre forward spent time at York City, Torquay, and Gillingham before signing for Chelmsford City at the start of the 2018 campaign.

Murphy bagged an impressive 28 league goals for the Clarets in the 2018/19 campaign which helped his side reach the National League South play-offs.

LAST TIME WE MET

Boreham Wood 2-3 Yeovil Town
Tuesday 17th February 2021
Meadow Park, Vanarama National League

After just fifteen minutes, Rhys Murphy struck a sweet shot past Nathan Ashmore in the Boreham Wood goal to open the evening’s scoring. After a couple of half chances from Boreham Wood, it was the Glovers who doubled their advantage at 34 minutes after a faultless penalty from Reuben Reid.

By the break, the visitors were up by 3 as Josh Neufville caused havoc in front of Ashmore’s goal with his shot being deflected to hit the back of the net.

After the break this game was only heading one way, Wood came out and dominated! After just one minute of play, a penalty was won and Kabongo Tshimange didn’t fail to convert, giving the Wood their first goal of the night. Gus Mafuta shot home a contender for goal of the season in the 74th minute from a free-kick to make the final score 3-2 to the Glovers.

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