Maidenhead United 0-1 Boreham Wood
Saturday 6th February 2021, 3.00pm
York Road, Vanarama National League

It was the returning Tyrone Marsh who scored the winner in his second debut for the club in this close encounter at York Road.

Boreham Wood made two changes to their starting line up from Tuesday night’s win against Weymouth with Zaine Francis-Angol coming in for the injured Tom Champion and the returninf Tyrone Marsh coming in for Corey Whitely.

Wood got off to a lively start when Francis-Angol headed a great Kane Smith cross against the Magpies crossbar in the first minute. After eleven minutes Boreham Wood should have taken the lead when Junior Morias took advantage of a loose ball in the Maidenhead defence but shot way over the bar with just Taye Ashby-Hammond to beat.

The Magpies then started to take control of the game and seemed the better of the two teams for the remainder of the first half. They started to control passes which lead to the dangerous Danilo Orsi whose effort went just wide of Nathan Ashmore’s goal after twenty-six minutes. A minute later, George Wells long range effort went over Ashmore’s crossbar, followed by another long-range effort but this time from Josh Coley’s which was tipped over the bar by Ashmore.

Boreham Wood came out for the second half with a real purpose and were much the better side after the break. Wood took the lead after fifty-one minutes. It was the excellent work of Francis-Angol on the left when he won the ball from a Maidenhead defender and following a one-two with Junior Morias, delivered an excellent hanging cross which was knocked in at the far post by Marsh.

Kabs Tshimanga who was a constant threat all afternoon shot over the bar after sixty-five minutes of play and just four minutes later, he should have doubled Boreham Wood’s lead. Following a flowing move, Tshimanga was brought down in the area by Ashley-Hammond in the Magpies goal, however, Wood’s top scorer failed to beat Ashley-Hammond who saved his penalty with his legs.

Boreham Wood were nearly made to pay for that miss on the seventy-fifth minute when Nathan Blissett looked like he was going to equalise for the hosts but was denied by a tremendous block from Krystian Pearce. Wood held out comfortably for the final fifteen minutes to secure their second victory in a row.

It was a welcome result for Boreham Wood and an excellent return for Tyrone Marsh who was clearly missed during his hiatus at Stevenage. The win ensures Boreham Wood to move up to seventh place in the Vanarama National League in the Play-Off places.

Maidenhead United: Ashby-Hammond, Massey, Wells, Parry, Sheckleford, Sparkes, Comley, Ince, Coley, Smile (Kelly 35, Blissett 73), Orsi.

Subs not used: Wiltshire, Twumasi, Keetch.

Boreham Wood: Ashmore, Smith, Fyfield, Pearce, Ilesamni, Francis-Angol, Murtagh, Mafuta, Morias (Rhead 75), Tshimanga, Marsh.

Subs not used: Huddart, Stephens, McDonnell, Whitely.

Man of the Match: Tyrone Marsh.

Match report written by Brett Lewis (Non-League Paper & Wood Army member)


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