Match Report - Boreham Wood v Yeovil Town

Yeovil Town survived a second half fight-back to beat Boreham Wood 3-2 at Meadow Park. First half goals from Rhys Murphy, Reuben Reid and Josh Neufville gave Town a commanding 3-0 lead at half time but Boreham Wood came out fighting in the second half and goals from Kabongo Tshimanga and Gus Mufata set up a nervy finish to the game.

Darren Sarll made just one change to the team that beat Altrincham on Saturday. Rhys Murphy was re-introduced in favour of Joe Quigley.

Yeovil Town lined up in a 4-4-2 formation with Carl Dickinson, Max Hunt, Billy Sass Davies and Alex Bradley in front of Adam Smith. Albi Skendi, Josn Neufville, Tom Knowles and Jimmy Smith made up the midfield while Rhys Murphy and Reuben Reid lead the attack.

On the bench was Matt Warburton, Michael Kelly, Joe Quigley, Matt Worthington and Chris Dagnall.

Boreham Wood kicked off towards the home terrace.

The opening 10 minutes of the game were fairly even with few chances. The only chance to note was a Carl Dickinson free kick on the left hand side which was awarded after Rhys Murphy was fouled near the goal line. Dickinson's cross to the far post was headed wide and the chance had gone.

Both sides were looking fairly even but it was Yeovil who took the lead on 14 minutes as Jimmy Smith received the ball in midfield and passed out to Rhys Murphy on the left who charged forward and unleashed a low shot that beat Nathan Ashmore.

Boreham Wood won the first corner of the game on 17 minutes on the right hand side which was crossed into the center of the box but came to nothing.

The game was still an even affair as the half progressed and on 26 minutes Boreham Wood almost equalised as they broke away down the right hand side and a good cross into the box was almost converted to a goal but the shot was poor and trickled wide of the target.

Two minutes later Boreham Wood had a strong penalty appeal waved away as it appeared to have hit Billy Sass-Davies's hand but they had to settle for a corner which came to nothing. They did manage to win the ball back in midfield and manage to work a good opportunity and Kabongo Tshimanga unleashed a shot that was just over the bar.

Just as it looked like Boreham Wood were the team most likely to get the next goal Yeovil were awarded a penalty as Josh Neufville ran down the left hand side and just as he entered the box was fouled. Reuben Reid stepped up to take the penalty and he fired the ball hard and low past Nathan Ashmore's right for his first goal since his return to the club.

On 37 minutes Yeovil were awarded a free kick in a dangerous position as Tom KNowles was fouled 25 yards from goal. Before the free kick was taken Boreham Wood made their first and only substitution of the game as Matt Rhead was replaced by Junoir Morais.

The free kick was taken by Rhys Murphy but sailed over the bar.

The game got even better for Yeovil on 40 minutes as lady luck was on Yeovil's side. Josh Nuefville unleashed a shot in the box that looked to be heading wide of the target but it was deflected into the back of the net off a Boreham Wood defender and Yeovil were firmly in control of this tie.

Two minutes of time was added on and Yeovil went in at the break with a comfortable 3-0 cushion.

Half Time: Boreham Wood 0-3 Yeovil Town

The next 45 minutes would prove to be very nerve wracking from a Yeovil perspective. Having a comfortable 3-0 lead at half time can either mean a drab second half where game management disperses any excitement or it can lead to a complete onslaught from the opposition. The latter of the two happened.

With just two minutes of the second half gone Boreham Wood were awarded a penalty as a shot at goal hit Carl Dickinson's arm. Kabongo Tshimanga stepped up and fired the ball past Adam Smith's left who almost kept the ball out but the shot was too accurate.

Boreham Wood now had the momentum and Yeovil struggled to contain them. The home side had something to prove and with a goal already pulled back had something to build on and they were putting Yeovil under serious pressure.

On 54 minutes Yeovil made their first substitution of the game as Josh Neufville was replaced by Matt Worthington.

As the hour mark approached Yeovil were starting to get frustrated and were giving the ball away very easily and also giving away a lot of fouls which allowed Boreham Wood to keep the pressure on the Yeovil defence.

On 65 minutes Yeovil made their second substitution as Billy Sass-Davies was replaced by Chris Dagnall.

With twenty minutes still to play the game was still wide open and although Boreham Wood weren't looking quite as threatening as they were earlier on in the half Yeovil were still struggling and the game was certainly not over yet.

On 77 minutes Boreham Wood got their second goal as a free kick just outside the box was awarded and Gus Mustafa stepped up and fired the ball into the top corner to set up a nervy final 13 minutes for Yeovil.

On 80 minutes Yeovil made their final substitution as Reuben Reid was replaced by Joe Quigley.

Even though Yeovil were still under heaps of pressure they almost killed the Boreham Wood resurgence in it's tracks on 83 minutes as Joe Quigley received the ball on the edge of the six yard box and shot at goal but it was blocked by Nathan Ashmore. Rhys Murphy shot at goal from the rebound which went out for a corner but the corner came to nothing.

On 85 minutes Yeovil somehow survived a massive scare as Boreham Wood as a low cross into the box was flicked goal-wards by Kabongo Tshimanga and rebounded out off the underside of the crossbar. Femi Ilesanmi fired the ball at goal from close range but the shot was just over the bar.

Five minutes of time was added on which felt like a lifetime but in the end Boreham Wood couldn't find the equaliser and Yeovil ran out 3-2 winners.

Full Time: Boreham Wood 2-3 Yeovil Town

Another three points comes Yeovil's way which helps to keep our recovery on track. The game tonight could easily have ended up in a draw or even worse had Boreham Wood been a bit more clinical but that doesn't matter now. All that matters is that Yeovil Town are three points better off than they were at 7:45PM.

The win see's us lift up to 15th place on 26 points - eight points above the relegation zone and now in a much more comfortable position.

Our season continues on Saturday as the club make their longest trip of the season as they travel north to face Hartlepool United at Victoria Park where Darren Sarll's men will be hoping to make it three wins on the spin.

Man of the match voting for this win over Boreham Wood is now open. You can cast your vote here.

Boreham Wood

1 - Nathan Ashmore, 14 - Krystian Pearce, 12 - Jamal Fyfield, 3 - Femi Ilesanmi, 19 - Kane Smith, 10 - Keiran Murtagh, 8 - Gus Mufata, 11 - Corey Whitley, 23 - Tyrone Marsh, 15 - Matt Rhead (replaced by 22 - Junior Morais on 39 minutes), 9 - Kabongo Tshimanga

Substitutes

2 - Danny Woodards, 6 - David Stephens, 17 - Ryan Huddart, 18 - Shaquile Coulthirst, 22 - Junior Morais

Yeovil Town

1 - Adam Smith, 27 - Alex Bradley, 26 - Max Hunt, 35 - Billy Sass-Davies (replaced by34 - Chris Dagnall on 65 minutes), 3 - Carl Dickinson, 10 - Jimmy Smith, 24 - Josh Neufville (replaced by 7 - Matt Worthington on 54 minutes), 21 - Tom Knowles, 18 - Albi Skendi, 9 - Rhys Murphy, 33 - Reuben Reid (replaced by 19 - Joe Quigley on 80 minutes)

Substitutes

14 - Michael Kelly, 7 - Matt Worthington, 19 - Joe Quigley, 34 - Chris Dagnall, 11 - Matt Warburton

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Date: 02/03/2021
Competition: National League
Venue: The Hive
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National League Table

Last Updated: 28/02/2021

Pos
Team
Pld
GD
Pts

1
Torquay United
24
+22
47

2
Sutton United
21
+19
43

3
Hartlepool United
24
+10
43

4
Stockport County
24
+11
40

5
Wrexham
25
+7
39

6
Eastleigh
23
+9
38

7
Notts County
21
+11
37

8
Boreham Wood
24
+5
35

9
Bromley
23
+9
34

10
Aldershot Town
24
+1
34

11
Altrincham
26
-4
33

12
Maidenhead United
21
+0
32

13
Yeovil Town
24
-1
32

14
Solihull Moors
21
+4
31

15
Halifax Town
22
+7
30

16
Chesterfield
21
+7
30

17
Woking
21
-1
26

18
Dagenham & Redbridge
23
-10
26

19
Wealdstone
22
-19
23

20
King's Lynn Town
21
-14
22

21
Weymouth
24
-14
20

22
Barnet
22
-36
12

23
Dover Athletic
15
-23
10