Stockport County 1 – 2 Boreham Wood
Saturday 30th April 2022
Edgeley Park, Vanarama National League

WOOD STOP STOCKPORT IN THEIR TRACKS

In a cracking encounter and an excellent defensive performance against Vanarama National League leaders Stockport County at Edgeley Park, Boreham Wood secured a terrific victory in front of the BT Sport cameras. A goal in each half from Dennon Lewis and Jamal Fyfield and a late strike for the host from Elliot Newby, ensured Luke Garrard’s men, secured all three points.

The Boreham Wood manager made two changes to his starting line up following last Tuesday’s defeat at Southend United with Kane Smith and James Comley coming in for Mark Ricketts and Adrian Clifton with Dennon Lewis in a more advanced role.

Stockport started the match in the ascendancy and dominated possession early on. The first real chance of the match fell to County hotspot Paddy Madden on sixteen minutes when he failed to convert a header after some great work from Myles Hippolyte down the left. Four minutes later an excellent ball from Jacob Mendy Mendy picked out Dennon Lewis who took too long to get his shot in and was brilliantly tackled by Ash Palmer. Madden has another good chance with his head two minutes later for the hosts but again was off target. On twenty-four minutes, Lewis gave Boreham Wood the lead when he was again played through but this time, he finished coolly past Ben Hinchcliffe in the Stockport goal. The home side didn’t lie done and almost immediately Hippolyte forced a good save from Nathan Ashmore in the Wood goal. On thirty-five minutes, a header from Madden this time was on target, was well save by Ashmore. On the stroke of half time, Ashmore saved Wood’s blushes again when he denied Hippolyte and almost immediately Ryan Rydel fired just wide from a freekick.

HT: Stockport County 0 – 1 Boreham Wood

County started the second half in control and Rydel was denied by some heroic Boreham Wood defending. On fifty-seven minutes Hippolyte fired into the side netting when well placed. On the hour mark Scott Boden missed a straightforward chance after some great work from Mendy Mendy. He would have been relieved to see the linesman flag for offside meaning the goal wouldn’t have counted anyway. A minute later Fyfield doubled Boreham Wood’s lead when the defender converted at the second attempt past Hinchcliffe in the Stockport goal. The hosts were shellshocked after that and it took them a while to register another chance. That chance came on seventy-seven minutes when Newby was brilliantly denied by Ashmore. In the fourth minute of five added on, the hosts got their goal when Newby converted following a goalmouth scramble. A minute later, it was heart in the mouth time for Boreham Wood as Hippolyte struck a sweet volley to beat Ashmore but it hit the inside of the post before rolling along the line and out of harms way. Boreham Wood held on, somewhat uncomfortably for a brilliant victory.

FT: Stockport County 1 – 2 Boreham Wood

This was an excellent defensive performance, so typical of Boreham Wood in the first half if the season. Unfortunately, this display is too little, too later for Wood’s play of ambitions this season but should ensure the team ends the season with confidence when planning ahead for next season. In the meantime, Boreham Wood can have a massive say on this season’s title when they host Wrexham at LV Bet Stadium Meadow Park on Bank Holiday Monday with the Welsh side, now hot on the heals of Stockport County.”

Boreham Wood: Ashmore, Smith, Fyfield, Stephens, Evans, Mendy Mendy, Comley, Mafuta, Marsh, Boden (Clifton 85), Lewis.

Subs not used: Ashby-Hammond, Clifton, C Smith, Joyce, Orsi.

Stockport County: Hinchcliffe, Minihan, Hogan, Palmer (Cannon 53), Madden, Jennings Crankshaw 53), Johnson, Rydel, Croasdale (Quigley 66), Newby, Hippolyte.

Subs not used: Ashby-Hammond, Cannon, Keane, Quigley, Crankshaw.

Star Man: Nathan Ashmore

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