With the Wood due to play two crucial home games against Torquay United and FC Halifax Town over the next nine days, it means Luke Garrard and his men are really going to need the Wood Army and the Town out in force once again and in full voice, if we are to put one foot into the play offs.
Torquay United have already beaten Wood twice this season, firstly on the opening day of the season and then again in FA Cup. While Halifax will likely leapfrog us in the table if they beat us in the Meadow Park six pointer or win their game in hand.
So the Club are asking that all our season ticket holders, plus the Wood Army and Town, really do try and make every effort over the next nine days to attend both home games.
Chairman Danny Hunter said, “We’ve now got just 9 games left and we’re at the business end of the season, so we know our home support is going to be vital. Early in the season our attendances were discouraging, as just 36% of our season ticket holders had bothered to turn up against Sutton United for a league game. In truth the atmosphere was depressing, it was lacklustre and the apathy was everywhere, but that has thankfully now all changed.
“Since Christmas, our home league games against Barnet, Barrow, Yeovil and Hartlepool have averaged just over 1,100 fans, and between 78% to 82% of our season ticket holders are now turning up… The Town has also got right behind us and the atmosphere, the sense of belonging and the level of excitement and expectancy has been fantastic. It has definitely spurred on Luke, spurred on the players, while for me the new North Bank’s noise has also made a big, big difference and been the catalyst.”
Hunter continued, “We’ve put ourselves in a great position in this very tough league, having lost just once in 19 league games since October. We now need to push on and believe that we can achieve a top 3 league position come April 25th. If we are successful and if we do secure a top 3 finish, we would have secured ourselves home advantage in a one-off play-off semi-final, with the winners of that game going to Wembley.
“So, things couldn’t be more crucial for our club, for Luke and for the dressing room, as we are presently sitting in joint 3rd, we are just 6 points ahead of the team sitting in 10th, and we have five very crucial home games left out of the nine. We know our home form and having a partisan support is going to be crucial and could make the difference.” Concluded Hunter.
Wood host Torquay United this Saturday (14th March) before taking on play off contenders FC Halifax Town the following Tuesday (17th March) at Meadow Park, kick off times 3.00pm and 7.45pm respectively. To pre purchase your tickets click here.