Notts County 0-1 Boreham Wood
Tuesday 8th December 2020, 7:45pm
Meadow Lane, Vanarama National League

A header from Jamal Fyfield in the 70th minute sealed another fantastic away win and Boreham Wood’s first ever victory against Notts County.

Wood were unchanged from Saturday’s win at Hartlepool, against a County side who were unbeaten in six matches. It was the home side who could have been two up inside the first four minutes with Kyle Wootton and Enzio Boldewijn going close. Boreham Wood managed to hold firm and very soon started to get a foothold in the game. The impressive Francis-Angol cross was met by Tshimanga whose effort was saved well by Slocombe in the County goal.

On twenty minutes we had an amusing moment of the evening when Wood Manager, Luke Garrard, fell over while trying to flick the ball back in play from the touchline. I’m sure he’ll blame the slippery conditions for that but others may argue that his ball control isn’t what it once was!!

Sorba Thomas hit the frame of the goal from a rasping shot soon afterwards, followed by the outstanding Fyfield outmuscling the dangerous Kyle Wootton just as the County striker was about to score. At this point, the visitors were controlling the match and played the ball around nicely while trying to break Notts County down.

The second half, like the first, started well for County. Richard Brindley’s effort from a distance went just wide of Ashmore’s goal. A couple of minutes later Jim O’Brien’s effort was then well saved by Ashmore. On the hour Murtagh spurned a guilt edge change, he rose unchallenged to meet a Sorba Thomas corner but his header went just wide of Slocombe’s goal. There was no rest for Slocombe with another effort soon after from Tshimanga.

After seventy minutes, Boreham Wood’s patience was rewarded. A free kick from Sorba Thomas was met by Matt Rhead in the air and it went to Jamal Fyfield who had risen well above the Notts County defence to give Boreham Wood a very well deserved lead. At this point, the visitors subconsciously sat back while County piled on the pressure to try and get the equaliser. Apart from a couple of half chances Boreham Wood held on quite comfortably and never looked like letting their lead slip.

This was an excellent performance from Boreham Wood. In truth they were in control for the majority of play, apart from spells at the beginning of each half. The defence, particularly Fyfield, Ilesamni, and Francis-Angol ensured Notts County’s forwards were limited to half chances.

Notts County: Slocombe, Brindley, Reeves, Turner, O’Brien (Sam 77), Doyle, Wootton, Boldewijn, Rawlinson, Kelly-Evans, Walker (Rodrigues 71).

Subs Not Used: Knowles, Lacey, Wolfe.

Boreham Wood: Ashmore, Champion, Fyfield, Ilesamni, Mafuta, Murtagh, Smith, Francis-Angol, Thomas, Rhead, Tshimanga.

Subs Not Used: Brennan, Coulthirst, Stephens, Mingoia.

Man of the Match: Jamal Fyfield.


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