Boreham Wood 0-0 Torquay United
Saturday 13th March 2021, 5.20pm
Meadow Park, Vanarama National League

Boreham Wood gave an excellent account of themselves in front of the BT Sports cameras against promotion challengers, Torquay United. The hosts were unlucky to come away with only a point for their efforts.

Wood made one change from Tuesday night’s goalless draw at Woking with Krystian Pearce coming in for David Stephens. The hosts were keen to turn their recent winless run into a victory but it was the visitors who started on the front foot. The Gull’s forced two early corners and played the majority of the first 15 minutes in Wood’s half. On eleven minutes Billy Waters just failed to get any contact on Scott Boden’s pass followed by Boden who had a half-chance on sixteen minutes but Ashmore made a straightforward save.

On seventeen minutes Boreham Wood had their first real effort of the match and it was a great move involving Kabs Tshimanga and Femi Illesamni before Wood number nine’s goal bound effort was deflected off a United defender for a corner.

The visitors had a great opportunity to take the lead after twenty-six minutes when referee David Richardson pointed to the spot when Gus Mafuta was adjudged to have fouled Armani Little in the box. Fortunately, for Boreham Wood, Nathan Ashmore produced a fantastic save to deny Asa Hall from twelve yards. On thirty-eight minutes, Ben Whitfield’s well struck volley for the visitors went just wide of Ashmore’s goal.

While the first half was fairly even, Boreham Wood started to dominate in the second half. After an excellent run from Corey Whitely, his curling effort went just wide of Shaun MacDonald’s goal. On fifty-seven minutes, following an excellent Whitely run, he  played a lovely ball to Tshimanga who beat his man before unleashing a shot which struck the post. Four minutes later Whitely struck the same post following an excellent shot across the keeper. Torquay were not done yet and went straight up the other end and Billy Waters cross was hit just wide by Connor Lemonheigh-Evans. On sixty-nine minutes Mafuta’s well struck effort was save by MacDonald in the United goal. A minute later Ashmore produced another fantastic savefrom Bill Waters.

It was a very good performance from Boreham Wood, especially in the second half but once again, they were unable to take their chances in a match that they should have won. The defence marshalled by Jamal Fyfield were outstanding and kept a clean sheet for the second match running. Luke Garrard said afterwards “We should have won a game of football. We were the better side”

Boreham Wood: Ashmore, Smith, Fyfield, Pearce, Ilesamni, Whitely (Coulthirst 82), Ricketts, Mafuta, Murtagh (Francis-Angol 76) Tshimanga, Marsh.

Subs not used: Huddart, Woodards, Morias.

Torquay United: MacDonald, Wynter, Lemonheigh-Evans, Hall, Little (Buse 74), Randell, Sherring, Boden (Koszela 82), Waters, Lewis, Whitfield (Umerah 82).

Subs not used: Andrews, Buse, Covolan.

Man of the Match: Jamal Fyfield.

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


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