Match Report - Boreham Wood (Home - Pre season)
A good result for Rebels
1 - 0 (10m, Ben Harris); 2 - 0 (33m, Sam Togwell); 3 - 0 (45m, Dobson);
In what was the biggest test for Neil Baker and Jon Underwood’s side in their pre-season schedule, Slough Town deservedly defeated a strong Boreham Wood side 3-0 at Arbour Park.
This was a pre-season friendly with an edge, and early in the second half Wood were reduced to ten men when Dave Stephens was dismissed after an altercation with Ben Harris. But the damage was done in the first 45 minutes, as the National League side were blown away by an excellent Slough performance in which the Rebels scored three times.
Wood arrived at Arbour Park with seven of the players involved in their National League play-off final against Tranmere Rovers at Wembley, but were second best.
James Dobson threatened as early as the third minute, forcing Wood’s first half trialist goalkeeper into a save, but Slough were ahead on just 10 minutes. Dobson swung in a deep cross with his right foot which was perfectly weighted for Ben Harris to dive in and head home.
Wood almost found an instant response, but Tom Champion was denied after a foul was spotted.
Slough doubled their lead on 33 minutes when Dobson curled in a free kick and Sam Togwell rose highest to plant a header into the net.
Simon Dunn was denied a third, but the Rebels went further ahead on the stroke of half time. After laying on the first two goals, this time Dobson was on the scoresheet, clipping the ball neatly over the keeper after Chris Flood had hassled the Wood defence and forced an error.
Just three minutes into the second half, Stephens reacted angrily after Ben Harris had landed on him following an aerial challenge, pinning the Slough striker down and grabbing his face, leaving the referee no alternative but to dismiss him for violent conduct, with Harris also picking up a booking.
Jack Turner made his first meaningful save on 56 minutes, strongly palming away a fierce drive.
Slough continued to look the more likely to score despite making a number of changes, and Perry Coles fired weakly at Wood’s second half trialist goalkeeper after engineering the chance for himself.
Coles later forced the keeper into a fine save, pushing the striker’s thunderous drive over.
Warren Harris was also off target late on in an overall superb performance from the Rebels.
Next up for the Rebels is a match against Hartley Wintney, to be played at Fleet Town’s Calthorpe Park.
Team: Jack Turner, Josh Jackman, George Wells, Guy Hollis, Sam Togwell (c), Lee Togwell, James Dobson, Simon Dunn, Ben Harris, Chris Flood, Louie Soares. Substitutes (all used): Sean Fraser, Mark Nisbet, Nathan Smart, Scott Davies, Warren Harris, Perry Coles, Manny Williams.