Wealdstone 2 – 0 Boreham Wood
Monday 18th April 2022
Grosvenor Vale, Vanarama National League 


A third Vanarama National League defeat in a row and another poor performance, all but ended Boreham Wood’s faint play off hopes for this season. A goal in each half from Aaron Henry and former Wood forward Josh Umerah, ensured three points for Wealdstone and guaranteed their survival in the National League for another season.

Luke Garrard made three changes to his starting line up following Saturday’s home defeat to Dover Athletic with Conor Stevens replacing Will Evans in defence, Frankie Raymond replacing Mark Ricketts in midfield and Adrian Clifton coming in for Danilo Orsi up front.

The hosts made their intentions clear from the off as the first period of the match was played very much in Boreham Wood’s half. Nathan Ferguson had the first chance of the match for the Stones but his long range effort went over the crossbar. Two minutes later, Josh Umerah hit the post for the hosts. Soon afterwards, Nathan Ferguson fantastic long range effort crashed off Taye Ashby-Hammond’s crossbar. Eight minutes later Wealdstone’s Jaydn Mundle-Smith forced a save from Ashby-Hammond. On twenty-six minutes Boreham Wood had their first real opening when Gus Mafuta played in Scott Boden who forced an excellent save from Stones keeper George Wickens. Three minutes later, some excellent work from former Wealdstone pair Jacob Mendy Mendy and Dennon Lewis enabled Lewis to produce a superb shot that just skimmed the Stones crossbar. Just as Wood looked like getting a foothold in the game, the hosts took the lead when a long range Aaron Henry freekick found it’s way past Ashby-Hammond in the Wood goal on thirty-five minutes. Two minutes later, Adrian Clifton missed a guilt edged chance to equalise when well placed. The dangerous Lewis went close against soon afterwards.

HT: Wealdstone 1 – 0 Boreham Wood

Seven minutes after the restart, Wealdstone doubled their lead when a rare Ashby-Hammond mistake was punished by Josh Umerah who bundled the ball home. Some afterwards, a good run by Tyrone Marsh created a chance for Clifton but Wickens was equal to it. On sixty-three minutes, the recently introduced substitute, Danilo Orsi headed wide when well placed following a Lewis cross. On seventy minutes, Wood’s chance of a comeback was all but over when Frankie Raymond was given a straight red card for a foul on Jack Cook. Ironically the only chances after the sending off fell to Boreham Wood when Marsh, Mafuta and Lewis all when close but were unable to get Boreham Wood back in the game.

FT: Wealdstone 2 – 0 Boreham Wood

Another disappointing afternoon for Boreham Wood. Luke Garrard can now plan for another season in the Vanarama National League and will be looking to finish the season as strongly as possible.

Boreham Wood: Ashby-Hammond, Lewis, Fyfield, Stephens, Stevens (Ricketts 46), Mendy Mendy, Raymond, Mafuta, Marsh, Boden (Comey 72), Clifton (Osri 62)

Subs not used: Evans, C Smith

Wealdstone: Wickens, Cook, Okimo, Ferguson(Dyer 77), Umerah, Browne, McAvoy. Tavares (Clayden 80), Elito (Jackson 87), Henry, Mundle-Smith

Subs not used: Sesay, Mascoll

Star Man: Dennon Lewis



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