Boreham Wood manager Luke Garrard is hoping his side relish the underdog card when they host league leaders Leyton Orient tomorrow. The O’s visit Meadow Park in front of the BT Sport cameras and the 33 year old can’t wait to pit his wits against them. Speaking to bwfctv.co.uk “it is going to be a tough task but one I relish along with the group, the fact it is live on BT Sport aids both dressing rooms but for us we’re the underdogs and we can’t wait for them to come here“.
- Sit 11th on 28 points – eight off the play offs
- League Record – P22 W7 D7 L8 F23 A25
- Only won two of their last 12 league games – W2 D3 L7
Garrard’s men head into tomorrow clash on the back of 1-0 home defeat to Dover ten days ago. Inih Effiong grabbed the only goal of the game which extended Boreham Wood’s winless streak to six games. Captain Tom Champion admitted his side were no were near the standard they set themselves to bwfctv.co.uk “we came here tonight to try and get a reaction and then to play as badly as we did is really gutting for everyone. We know things have got to change for us and hopefully we can draw a line underneath and start to show the performances we had before”
By Garrard’s own admission Boreham Wood over achieved last season finishing 4th but after a summer of rebuilding they found life more difficult this term. Boreham Wood sit 22 points below Orient heading into the clash Saturday and Garrard praised the work that Justin Edinburgh has done at the Breyer Group Stadium. Speaking to bwfctv.co.uk “we are coming up against one of the best teams at this level. You look at the work Justin has done along with Ross Embleton and Danny Webb, they play a certain way and they are ever so good at what they do. They don’t really play from the back, make good decisions nd are a very good side”.
- Kept six league clean sheets – (three at home)
- Kept one in last three and two in their last five (both 0-0 draws)
- Have only kept two in last 12 league games
- Kept just one in their last six home games
Champion highlight that one big result could help to kick start their season but acknowledges that the squad needs to stay together. A result and performance in front of the BT Sport cameras could be just what Boreham Wood need according to Champion. Speaking to bwfctv.co.uk “the experienced boy will have to rally the troops and build from here and try and kick start our season so it doesn’t fizzle out. That game against Orient next is going to be a big game and obviously we hope that we can raise our game and beat them”.
- Failed to score in eight league games – (two at home)
- Only scored in one of their last five games in all competitions
- Failed to score in last two home games
- Scored just two goals in last six games
- Only scored two or more in six of 22 league games
Boreham Wood are definitely the outsiders tomorrow despite having home advantage according to Garrard but it is a position which his side have done well in previously. Speaking to bwfctv.co.uk “we’re the underdog come Saturday. I feel as underdogs we play it well. It is back to the bread and butter, it is very much about getting ourselves organised and can be clinical in front of goal, if we do we can probably make an upset”.
- Home League Record – P11 W5 D4 L2 F14 A11
- No win in last two – D1 L1
- Only lost two of their last nine home games – W3 D4 L2
- Have not lost back to back home games since January
Tomorrow’s clash with Orient starts a busy month of games where Champion hopes his side can pick up some form, helping them climb the table to where they want to be. Speaking to bwfctv.co.uk “we’ve got loads of games coming up in December, it’s obviously a busy times with games coming thick and fast. That’s one of the best things about football you can put to bed a bad result as soon as you can and build something”
After breaking the record crowd at Meadow Park in the meeting last season, Garrard is urging the Boreham Wood fans to get themselves down to support his side once more. Orient have already sold over 1000 tickets for the clash with Garrard stating “they will probably land that bottom end with 1400/1500 fans again and hopefully ours come out again. It makes for a cracking game, they are very good side, on our day at home we are to, so come down and support the boys”.
- Scored 14/23 in second half – including seven between 46-60 minutes
- Five of their last seven have been scored in second half
- Conceded 17/25 league goals in second half (9/11 at home)
- Conceded eight in final 15 minutes and 12 after the 60th minute
Connor Smith, Bradley Ash and Sorba Thomas all scored in Wood’s 5-1 Hertfordshire Senior Cup win on Monday and are hoping to be involved. Garrard has no new injuy concerns head of Orient.
Head to Head – Boreham Wood 1, Draw 1, Leyton Orient 1
- Boreham Wood have failed to score in last two meetings
- Both wins in fixture have been home wins
Last Time Out – 0-1 home league defeat to Dover
Prediction – Boreham Wood 1-2 Leyton Orient