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Opposition Analysis: Boreham Wood

9 May 2018

A look at Saturday's opponents...

It's the final match of the 2017-18 season as we take on Boreham Wood at Wembley Stadium in the Vanarama National League Promotion Final to battle for a place back in the EFL.

We take a closer look at Saturday's opposition...

League Standing

Boreham Wood finished the regular league season in fourth place in the National League and have won two matches to get through to this stage of the competition. They defeated AFC Fylde at Meadow Park in their 'Eliminator', before seeing off Sutton United away from home on Sunday afternoon in the play-off semi-final.

Over the 46-game league season, The Wood amassed 20 victories, 15 draws and 11 defeats, scoring 64 goals while conceding 47 and picking up 75 points.

Players To Watch

A little look at the top goalscorers in the division will tell you that Bruno Andrade has been a key player for Boreham Wood this season. Scorer of 20 goals from a wide midfield position, the 24-year-old can create or score a goal in a flash. Quick and skilful, the former QPR man is certainly someone that Rovers will need to keep a close eye on this weekend.

Another attacking threat for The Wood, and another ex-QPR player, is Angelo Balanta. The Colombian netted 10 goals in the league and was on the scoresheet in Sunday's semi-final win over Sutton United. He's a talented individual, but was replaced with what appeared to be a hamstring injury at the weekend, so is a doubt for the game.

At the other end of the pitch, Boreham Wood have a strong goalkeeper in Grant Smith. The 24-year-old has been an ever-present between the sticks for The Wood since arriving at the club in the summer of 2016 from Bognor Regis and has impressed many onlookers with his assured performances. He has earned England C recognition and is a highly promising shot-stopper.

Familiar Faces

A versatile player, Danny Woodards will be a familiar face to Tranmere supporters having had a short spell at Prenton Park in 2014-15, making six appearances for Rovers. Capable of operating anywhere across the back four as well as in central midfield, Woodards is now in his third season at Meadow Park. He brings bags of experience to the Boreham Wood side and now combines his playing role with a coaching position at the club's Academy.

Manager

Luke Garrard is one of the youngest managers around aged just 32. He was appointed as Boreham Wood manager in October 2015, making him the youngest manager in England's top five leagues.

He had two stints at Boreham Wood as a player after starting his career at Tottenham Hotspur but was released as a schoolboy.

Head-To-Head

In the six meetings between the two clubs, it is level pegging. There have been two wins apiece with two draws. This season, at Prenton Park, the two sides played out a 2-2 draw with Rovers coming from two goals down to draw level with late goals from Andy Cook and Andy Mangan. In the away fixture at Meadow Park, Boreham Wood picked up a 2-1 victory with Balanta and Andrade strikes either side of a James Norwood equaliser.


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