Aldershot Town will be looking to return to winning ways as they travel to Meadow Park in the National League against a tough Boreham Wood side who have won their last two consecutive league games.
In association with LV BET, Kirshon Wilkins previews the game:
Four players are working their way back into contention with the likes of Alex Finney (hamstring), Craig Tanner (TBC), Ross McCormack (Achilles) and Lewis Kinsella (MCL) all pushing to be back as soon as possible. Skipper Jamie Sendles-White will be in contention to start on Saturday after recovering from a calf injury. Mike Fondop has served his suspension and is in contention to play against Boreham Wood. Midfielder Alfy Whittingham remains out with one more game left to serve of his suspension.
Name: Boreham Wood FC
Nickname: The Wood
Manager: Luke Garrard
Stadium: Meadow Park
2019/20 National League position: 5th
Current National League position: 15th
Born in Barnet, England, 35-year-old Garrard is a name that Boreham Wood fans from past and present will remember from his playing days with the club in 2005, 2009/10 on loan and 2010-2015. Garrard was a versatile player with the ability to play in defence and midfield which made him popular with AFC Wimbledon fans as well, making over 100 appearances for the club from 2006-2010. Garrard retired at the end of the 2014/15 season to take the manager’s position at Boreham Wood.
His management career has only been with Boreham Wood starting in 2015 to present. Garrard was appointed as manager following the resignation of Ian Allinson, becoming the youngest manager in all of England’s top five divisions.
During his time at the Wood, he has become a folklore legend with some great achievements since he took the managerial role. He has steered the club away from relegation in his first season, took Boreham Wood to Wembley Stadium for the first time in their history in 2017/18, maintained their status in the National League the following season and got them to the play-offs last season.
A total of four players left permanently over the summer. Reice Charles-Cook, Charlie Wickham and Ricky Shakes who has retired from professional football have left the Wood. Tyrone Marsh, one of their key players from last season has left for League Two’s Stevenage.
A total of six players have joined the Wood over the summer. Shaquile Coulthirst, Ryan Huddart, Zaine Francis-Angol, Corey Whitely and Gus Mafuta. Nathan Ashmore was on loan from Ebbsfleet United last season but he has joined the Wood permanently after impressive performances in goal.
Boreham Wood’s form has been mixed since the start of the season with a few games in hand yet to play as well due to postponed fixtures awaiting rearrangement. After their play-off exploits last season, it doesn’t seem to be going the same way this season for the Wood. With four wins, three draws and four losses, they will be looking to climb up the table. Two consecutive league victories for the Wood could give them confidence as they host the Shots at Meadow Park.
Saturday afternoon’s referee is Robert Massey-Ellis with his assistants Matthew Morrison and Joshua Crofts and the fourth official officiating the game is Jorden Gibson.
The match will be streamed and available on ‘BWFCtv’. Coverage starts at 2:45pm with kick-off at 3pm on Saturday. The matchday pass includes the live stream, match commentary and an e-programme for just £9.99. BBC Three Counties will also be covering the match live with live online commentary.
You can watch the match live HERE