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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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