We are back in action for the first time since Boxing Day tonight when Boreham Wood visit Crabble in the Vanarama National League.

Andy Hessenthaler’s men have not played since the narrow 1-0 defeat to Dagenham and Redbridge at the same venue.

The following trip to Sutton was postponed due to a positive Covid-19 test result in the U’s camp before our game at Daggers was also postponed due to a covid investigation.

Our players and staff then spent 10 days in self-isolation meaning Weymouth’s visit to Crabble last Saturday was also called off.

We still have six players self-isolating, while Josh Passley is suspended following his red card against Dagenham.

Since Whites’ last game, Boreham Wood have only played one league game, beating Barnet 3-0 live on BT Sport.

Most recently, Wood was knocked out of the FA Cup in the Third Round by Championship side Millwall, losing 2-0.

Manager Luke Garrard’s side currently sits 11th in the National League. having picked up six wins in their first 13 games and are15 points ahead of Whites in the table.

Garrard was also named Vanamara National League manager of the month for December.

Athletic will look to make amends for last season’s 2-0 defeat in this fixture as goals from Sorba Thomas and Justin Shaibu condemned Whites to their third consecutive loss at that point.

The game will see the return of Femi Ilesanmi to Crabble.

The defender spent one season with us, which was sandwiched between a previous spell at Boreham Wood and his current spell at Meadow Lane.

Whilst at Crabble, Ilesanmi played 45 times in the National League, scoring twice.

Boreham Wood’s Player to Watch

Kabongo Tshimanga was the second top scorer in the National League last season with 19 goals and he’s continued that form into this season with The striker scoring seven goals and getting one assist so far this campaign.


This game will be played behind closed doors, however, you can watch the game for £8 on DAFCtv.

Details on how to buy your match pass can be found here.

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