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By Jake Sapsford
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Boreham Wood vs Maidenhead United: Vanarama National League, Saturday 16th November 2019, 3.00PM kick-off.

The Magpies return to league action with an away trip to Meadow Park this afternoon.

Alan Devonshire’s side were knocked out of the FA Cup last weekend against Rotherham, and will look to put that defeat behind them now.

They are a point and a place behind the Wood, and an away win could take them as high as tenth in the Vanarama National League table.

Recent form

Although their FA Cup campaign is over for another season, the Magpies put up a great fight against the side two divisions above them.

Jake Cassidy’s swept finish gave the hosts a shock lead, but an Alan Massey red card early in the second-half turned the tie in the Millers’ favour.

Goals for Michael Ihiekwe, Freddie Ladapo and Matt Crooks in an 11-minute spell put Rotherham through, and they’ll face Solihull Moors in round two.

Alan Devonshire’s side will look ahead to league action once again and will hope that they can get their resurgence back on track.

The defeat at Aldershot ended a run of five games without defeat in all competitions, and they won three of those matches.

A sixth away league win will be the target now at Meadow Park, but they’ll have to do so without their suspended captain.

The opposition

Luke Garrard’s side sit 16th in the National League table, and are a place and a point above Maidenhead.

This is their fifth season in the division since their promotion from the National League South in 2014-15, and they’ve won seven of their opening 20 games.

The Wood are winless in their last four in all competitions, and that run saw them exit the FA Cup at the hands of Torquay United.

They’ve also drawn their last two league games, against Aldershot and Yeovil. Last time out, they drew at Huish Park. The Glovers took an early lead through Jimmy Smith, but a dramatic late equaliser from Kabongo Tshimanga earned the visitors a late point.

The Congolese striker has ten goals to his name, and the Magpies’ defence will have to be wary of his threat.

Boreham Wood will hope to ride on the high of that late goal and inflict a third defeat in a row on Maidenhead this afternoon.

Last time out

Both sides earned victories in their home fixtures as the two met last season.

The Wood dispatched the Magpies in the first game at Meadow Park in October 2018. Keiran Murtagh and Josh Umerah scored either side of half-time to give the hosts a two-goal lead, before Ryan Bird halved the deficit. The points were secured for the home side in the 85th minute as Justin Shaibu made it three.

Back in February, Maidenhead earned three points in the reverse fixture at York Road. James Akintunde’s well timed left footed finish gave them the lead in the 74th minute as Adrian Clifton did well to pick him out. Alan Devonshire’s side were able to survive a late scare as Harold Odametey was sent-off for a second bookable offence, but the hosts held on to claim three vital points.

The Magpies eventually finished two points above the Wood, but both were able to survive relegation.

Final note

As was the case last season, these two are side by side in the National League Table. A Boreham Wood win would create a four-point gap between the two clubs, and potentially see them rise to tenth. An away win for Maidenhead though would see them leapfrog the hosts and claim a two-point gap in the process.

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Match details

Match date

Sat 16, Nov 2019

Kickoff

15:00

Attendance

624

Competition

Vanarama National League

League position

13
Boreham Wood
17
Maidenhead United