Torquay United 0 – 1 Boreham Wood
Saturday 20th August 2022
Plainmoor, Vanarama National League


On a windy afternoon at Plainmoor, an early Jamal Fyfield goal was the difference between these two sides and gave Boreham Wood a well-deserved, second win in a row on the road.

Luke Garrard made one change to his starting line-up following Tuesday night’s 2-1 defeat against Aldershot Town with Lee Ndlovu coming in for Danny Elliot up front.

First Half

It was an excellent start for Boreham Wood when, on the third minute, Jamal Fyfield reacted well to converted Will Evans shot to give them the lead. Two minutes later, Josh Rees was denied by an excellent block from Ryan Hanson. Wood continued to exert pressure with Tyrone Marsh firing over the bar soon afterwards. On nine minutes, Ali Omar forced a good save from Nathan Ashmore. Four minutes later, Marsh’s free kick was saved by Mark Halstead in the United goal.

On twenty-one minutes, the fantastic Lee Ndlovu, made one of many rampaging runs and created a good chance for Josh Rees who shot narrowly wide. The hosts followed that up with a good chance for Tom Lapslie who shot over the bar when well placed. Rees again went close on twenty-eight minutes but fired wide. A minute later Halstead made an excellent save from Ndlovu. Ndlovu drew another save from the United keeper just before half time

Second Half 

It was the hosts who were on the front foot at the start of the second period. Ashmore made a fine save from Brett McGavin five minutes after the restart. Eight minutes later Hanson and Lapslie had shots blocked before Ashmore made another superb save from Hanson. On the hour mark, Ndlovu Turned Dylan Crowe inside out before firing a shot just over the bar. Three minutes later, Ashmore came to Boreham Wood’s rescue again by saving well from Ali Omar. Dennon Lewis fired over soon afterwards. On seventy-four minutes a long Dean Moxey throw caused havoc in the Wood penalty area and following a half clearance, McGavin’s well struck volley went over the bar. Three minutes later, the recently introduced sub, Danny Elliott went close, but his effort was headed off the line by Ali Omar. Halstead soon denied fellow sub, Danny Newton with a good save.

Ashmore had to be at his best on eighty minutes when he denied Nelson Iseguan with a smart save. Dean Moxey went close a minute later. In the final minute of normal time, Boreham Wood nearly doubled their lead when Lewis played the ball to Newton, but he was denied by Halstead before Elliott shot wide. During five minutes of added time, the hosts forced a succession of corners, but Boreham Wood were able to hang on for a much needed three points

It was an entertaining game that Boreham Wood just about deserved to win. There were some outstanding individual performances from Luke Garrard’s men, most notably, Nathan Ashmore, Femi Ilesanmi and Man of the Match Lee Ndlovu who didn’t give the Torquay defence a moment’s peace. Luke Garrard will be delighted with the points as his side go into a very busy Bank Holiday weekend of fixtures next weekend.

Boreham Wood: Ashmore, Ilesanmi, Evans, Fyfield, Lewis, Sousa, Rees, Payne, Brunt (Williams 82), Ndlovu (Elliot 75) Marsh (Newton 67)

Subs not used: Stephens, Egan

Torquay United: Halstead, Crowe, (Evans 70) Lapslie (Hall 81), Omar, Hanson, Andrew, McGavin, Wyatt (Iseguan 79), Donnellan, Goodwin, Moxey

Subs not used: Lovett, Tomlinson

Man of the Match: Lee Ndlovu



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