Boreham Wood 0 – 1 Woking
Saturday 12th November 2022
LV BET Stadium Meadow Park, Vanarama National League
WOOD OUTDONE BY CARDINALS
It was a disappointing day at the office for Boreham Wood as they were outplayed and outmuscled by a very good Woking side. The visitors secured the three points with the only goal of the match, from Reece Grego-Cox on twelve minutes. Woking were then able to not only hold on comfortably to their lead, but they always looked likely to add to it.
Luke Garrard made one change from Tuesday night’s draw against York City with Kyron Gordon, newly arrived on loan from Sheffield United, replacing the suspended Will Evans at the back.
Despite what was to follow, Boreham Wood had the better of the opening exchanges. They looks bright and lively and had the Cards on the backfoot. On eight minutes, a pinpoint Zak Brunt free kick looked like it was going to find the head of Jamal Fyfield before Woking defender Joe McNerney somehow headed it clear. Three minutes later, an excellent run and pass from Brunt picked out Cameron Coxe whose well struck shot was well gathered by Craig Ross in the Woking.
That was as good as it got for the Boreham Wood and on twelve minutes the visitors took the lead. While the ball was in the Boreham Wood penalty area, the usually reliable Nathan Ashmore was caught napping and ended up being dispossessed by James Daly who played it back to Reece Grego-Cox. Woking’s number 9 was then able to put the ball into an empty net from just outside the penalty area.
The goal knocked the stuffing out of Boreham Wood and Woking played with a spring in their step for the rest of the match. The strength and power of Padraig Amond and Grego-Cox caused problems for the Wood defence. On eighteen minutes, James Daly dispossessed Femi Ilesanmi, down Woking’s right, but his cross was deflected just over Ashmore’s crossbar. On thirty-eight minutes, James Daly shot over the bar when well place for Woking. Two minutes later, Grego-Cox turned and shot, but only succeeded in hitting his own player when it looked like going in.
Boreham Wood started the second half on the front foot and there was some good combination play between Danny Newton and Lee Ndlovu but ultimately, they were no match for the outstanding Scott Cuthbert and Joe McNerney at the heart of the Cardinals defence. Grego-Cox had a good chance for the visitors on sixty-three but shot wide. Eight minutes later a long-range effort from Jim Kellerman was easily gathered by Nathan Ashmore. Daly also went close soon afterwards but Ashmore was again equal to it. Boreham Wood finally put together a good move in the final minute of normal time, involving Tyrone Marsh and Jack Payne, who played the ball out to Cameron Coxe but his cross went well over the bar. This summed up Boreham Wood’s afternoon as the visitors held on comfortably for the three points
It was a disappointing performance from Boreham Wood. Unfortunately, they weren’t at the races against a very good Woking side. Luke Garrard’s men will want to put it right at Halifax Town in the Vanarama National League next Saturday.
Boreham Wood: Ashmore, Coxe, Lewis, Ilesamni, Fyfield, Gordon, Broadbent, Payne, Brunt (Marsh 61) Ndlovu, Newton (Elliott 67).
Subs not used: Ricketts, Rees, Williams.
Woking : Ross, Casey, Cuthbert, McNerney, Daly, Grego-Cox (Browne 64), Amond (Vokins 81), Moss, Kellerman, Anderson (Lofthouse 64), Ince.
Subs not used: Bilongo, Roles.
Man of the Match: Kyron Gordon
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