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06 July 2018 Venue Meadow Park Attendance Referee David Rock

Kick off 19:30 (UK)

Boreham Wood FC
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Brentford

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4-5-1
  • 1
    Trialist
    GK
  • 2
    Ricky Shakes
    DF
  • 5
    Manny Parry
    DF
  • 6
    David Stephens (C)
    DF
  • 3
    Femi Ilesanmi
    DF
  • 10
    Keiran Murtagh
    MF
  • 7
    Connor Smith
    MF
  • 4
    Mark Ricketts
    MF
  • 8
    Tom Champion
    MF
  • 11
    Bradley Ash
    MF
  • 9
    Morgan Ferrier
    FW

Substitutes

  • 13
    Trialist
    SUB
  • 12
    Danny Woodards
    SUB
  • 14
    Jamal Fyfield
    SUB
  • 15
    Trialist
    SUB
  • 16
    Trialist
    SUB
  • 18
    Trialist
    SUB
  • 19
    Shaun Jeffers
    SUB
  • 20
    Trialist
    SUB
  • 21
    Trialist
    SUB
  • 22
    Sorba Thomas
    SUB

Manager

  • -
    Luke Garrard

4-2-3-1
  • 1
    Jack Bonham
    GK
  • 2
    Josh Clarke
    DF
  • 5
    John Egan (C)
    DF
  • 4
    Mads Bech Sorensen
    DF
  • 3
    Yoann Barbet
    DF
  • 6
    Ryan Woods
    MF
  • 10
    Reece Cole
    MF
  • 8
    Romaine Sawyers
    MF
  • 7
    Alan Judge
    MF
  • 11
    Ollie Watkins
    MF
  • 9
    Neal Maupay
    FW

Substitutes

  • 13
    Daniel Bentley
    SUB
  • 12
    Nico Yennaris
    SUB
  • 14
    Tom Field
    SUB
  • 15
    Chris Mepham
    SUB
  • 16
    Ezri Konsa
    SUB
  • 17
    Kamohelo Mokotjo
    SUB
  • 18
    Lewis Macleod
    SUB
  • 19
    Emiliano Marcondes
    SUB
  • 20
    Sergi Canos
    SUB
  • 21
    Chiedozie Ogbene
    SUB
  • 22
    Marcus Forss
    SUB
  • 23
    Justin Shaibu
    SUB

Manager

  • -
    Dean Smith

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Match Previews

Match Preview: Boreham Wood vs Brentford

Our pre-season campaign starts tonight at Meadow Park

6 July 2018

Boreham Wood vs Brentford

Meadow Park, kick-off 7.30pm

The Opposition

The 2017/18 campaign was the most successful in Boreham Wood's history as they came within 90 minutes of league football for the first time. 

Under Luke Garrard, The Wood finished fourth in the National League and also enjoyed a run to the Second Round of the Emirates FA Cup, their First Round tie against Blackpool seeing them beat league opposition for the first time in their history. 

After getting past AFC Fylde and Sutton United in the National League Play-Offs, Boreham Wood took on Tranmere Rovers at Wembley in the final. Despite having a man advantage from the third minute, an 81st minute James Norwood goal consigned Wood to a 2-1 defeat and another season in the fifth tier. 

The Manager

Luke Garrard started his career at Tottenham Hotspur but was released as a schoolboy. He dropped down the leagues to join Swindon Town as a 17-year-old, going on to make his debut against Oldham Athletic in April 2003. He was released two years later, having made just 17 first-team appearances. After short spells with Bishop's Stortford, Boreham Wood and Northwood, he joined AFC Wimbledon in March 2006.

Garrard became a popular figure in South London, making more than 100 appearances during his first two years with The Dons. After losing his spot following a serious injury, he returned to Boreham Wood in 2010, making 140 league appearances in five seasons. When he took over as The Wood's manager in 2015, aged just 30, he became the youngest boss in all of England's top five divisions. 

Team News

Dean Smith will have an almost fully-fit squad to choose from tonight at Meadow Park. His only absentees will be Rico Henry, who is continuing his recovery from a serious knee injury, and Henrik Dalsgaard, who has yet to return following Denmark's run to the Last 16 of the FIFA World Cup. 

Tonight may see Ezri Konsa get his first outing in a Brentford shirt following his summer move from Charlton Athletic

Ticket News

There will be Pay on the Day tonight at Meadow Park:

Adults £15

Seniors (aged 65 and over) £12

Juniors (aged under 16) £6

Under-fives can enter free of charge.

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Match Reports

Match Report: Boreham Wood 1 Brentford 2

Bees pick up comeback victory in first game of pre-season

6 July 2018

The match saw Brentford debut their new red and white home kit at the home of last year's defeated National League Play-Off finalists. 

The first real chance started at the back within minutes of kick-off. Mads Bech Sorensen collected the ball from Jack Bonham, then forwarded it to Yoann Barbet. The Frenchman slotted a perfectly timed through ball to Neal Maupay, who cut inside and shot low. The trialist goalkeeper got down to turn it away.

Then Maupay was in again, this time latching on to a ball into the box from Ollie Watkins. He hit a fierce volley that was blocked by Manny Parry. 

With a quarter of an hour gone, Brentford had a penalty appeal turned down. Josh Clarke exchanged a one-two with Alan Judge but the return ball was turned away by Parry. Clarke had his arms up in protest by referee Mr Rock was not moved.

With 19 minutes on the clock, Bonham took a clattering when clearing the ball in the air with Sorensen and a Wood player. Getting up to punch, he landed awkwardly and needed treatment. The game got back underway shortly after.

Soon after, David Stephens nodded a corner kick towards the back post but it narrowly evaded Bradley Ash who was closing in fast.

Ash was on the prowl again with 25 minutes gone. Released one-on-one with Bonham he tried to shoot low beneath the keeper but it was turned away by the 24-year-old stopper.

A minute later, the home side had the lead. Morgan Ferrier was tracked into the box by Reece Cole and proved too much for the youngster who brought him down just inside the area. Ferrier stepped up to take it himself, chipping the ball down the middle as Bonham threw himself to his left. 

Moments later, Brentford could have had an instant reply. Watkins spotted a pass through towards Maupay across the face of goal, but it had just too much on it and ran beyond the French forward.

Maupay was next to test the goalkeeper, latching on to a pass from Judge he fired from the edge of the box. Once again the gloveman got across to parry it away.

The chances didn't come easy against a Wood defence that was compact and physical. Cole's shot from range was typical of the type of opening that we saw more of as the half wore on.

Then, a moment of magic from Ryan Woods. A cross-field pass from inside his own half found Watkins on the break down the left wing. He chased the ball down, cut inside and fired the ball into the bottom left corner of the goal. The Bees were level after 43 minutes.

At the break, Dean Smith made ten changes with everyone switching except for Bonham. 

The first chance of the half fell to Emiliano Marcondes after Marcus Forss had slipped the ball through to him inside the penalty area. A fierce strike had to be palmed away by the sub keeper. The rebound fell to Canós, whose powerful drive was blocked bravely by Stephens.

With just over an hour gone, Lewis Macleod netted the away side's second goal. A great move that started in midfield with Marcondes found Macleod. He slid a ball down the right wing into the path of Chiedozie Ogbene, who cut inside and rolled the ball across the edge of the box. Forss stepped over it, creating the space for Macleod to run into and tuck his shot low into the bottom right corner.

A few minutes later, Ogbene was released in similar fashion by Nico Yennaris down the right side. His cut back was once again met by a Brentford player but on this ocassion Marcondes blazed his shot over the bar into the nearby car park.

Ogbene then had a go himself with 20 minutes to go, shooting low and wide of the right post after getting inside from the wing and hitting one with his left foot.

The first Wood chance of merit wasn't a clear cut opportunity, with one of their many trialists rolling the ball through towards Bonham with no real pace on the shot.

After 81 minutes, Forss started a break on the left wing, getting away from his marker before squaring for Canós. The Spaniard flicked it on to Ogbene, who shot but it was saved. He chipped the rebound over the top back into the box and Canós saw his header dip narrowly over the crossbar.

Canós then rescued a long ball across the pitch from Marcondes and set the ball back to Macleod on the edge of the penalty area. The midfielder's shot was low and fast but it was deflected away from danger by a Boreham Wood player.

Macleod then had another chance as Marcondes received a quick throw-in and set it across for the Scot. Hit hard with his left foot, it curled wide of the right post.

In the final minute, the home side went in search of a leveller but Ezri Konsa got himself in the way on the edge of the box. 

The final whistle sounded moments after Marcondes had blasted another effort over the crossbar after being played in behind the Wood back line.

Brentford: Bonham; Clarke (sub Yennaris 45), Egan (sub Konsa 45), Sorensen (sub Mepham 45), Barbet (sub Field 45); Woods (sub Mokotjo 45), Sawyers (sub Macleod 45), Cole (sub Marcondes 45); Judge (sub Ogbene 45), Watkins (sub Canós 45), Maupay (sub Forss 45)

Subs (not used): Bentley, Shaibu

Goals: Watkins (43), Macleod (61)

Boreham Wood: Trialist (sub Trialist 45); Shakes, Ilesanmi (sub Trialist 64), Ricketts (sub Jeffers 64), Parry (sub Woodards 45), Stephens, Smith (sub Fyfield 45), Champion (sub Trialist 45), Ferrier (sub Thomas 68), Murtagh (sub Trialist 64), Ash (sub Trialist 45)

Goals: Ferrier (26 pen)

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Ticket News

First Team return to action tonight

Pay-on-the-day at Meadow Park this evening

6 July 2018

Nine weeks on from our last game, Dean Smith's Bees return to action tonight with a trip to National League side Boreham Wood.

The game will kick-off at 7.30pm and all Bees fans looking to attend the game can pay on the day at Meadow Park.

Admission prices are as follows:

Adults £15

Seniors (aged 65 and over) £12

Juniors (aged under 16) £6

Under-fives can enter free of charge.

This will be the fifth season in six that Brentford have played Boreham Wood in pre-season, and the sixth year in seven overall. Brentford won an FA Cup First Round tie at Meadow Park in 2012 and then played friendly games in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016. Boreham Wood won the last meeting between the sides 2-1 in July 2016.

Boreham Wood have been on the rise in recent years and, if things had been different, could have hosted The Bees as an EFL side. When the teams first met the Hertfordshire side were in the National League, then Conference, South. They reached the top flight of non-league football in 2015 and finished fourth in the National League in 2017/18. They reached the National League Play-Off Final but lost 2-1 to Tranmere Rovers at Wembley.

Tonight's game sees the start of Brentford’s friendly programme. They will fly to Germany for a week-long training camp tomorrow with a game against Karlsruher Sport-Club Mühlburg-Phönix e.V. at the home of ASV Grassau to the end of the trip. They will then face Wycombe Wanderers away from home on Tuesday 17 July. On Saturday 21 July, Brentford play away to Sky Bet League One Shrewsbury Town. The game will be one of two played that day with a Behind Closed Doors friendly against Premier League opposition also scheduled. The Bees end their pre-season with a game against Watford at Griffin Park on Saturday 28 July.

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