28 February 2015

Hawks Swoop On Wood

Saturday 28th February 2015
Vanarama Conference South
Boreham Wood 1-2 Havant & Waterlooville
Meadow Park 
Attendance: 251
A 90th-minute goal condemned Boreham Wood to their third defeat in four home games, as Havant & Waterlooville snatched the points on a grey and breezy afternoon at Meadow Park.

Wood made the perfect start, taking the lead inside the first minute through Junior Morias.  But a penalty converted by Scott Donnelly brought the visitors level before the break, and JJ Hooper’s late winner sank Ian Allinson’s team, who played nearly half the match with ten men after a straight red card for defender Ben Nunn.

So an eventful game brought a first-minute goal, a last-minute winner, two penalties - one scored and one missed, plus a sending off.

My report for Real Footy Talk can be found here.

22 February 2015

Stags well beaten at the Kassam

Saturday 21st February 2015
Sky Bet League 2 
Oxford United 3-0 Mansfield Town
The Kassam Stadium
Attendance: 6954 (away support 322)

MANSFIELD TOWN manager Adam Murray saw fatigue as a major factor in his side’s poor performance, as the Stags fell to a disappointing 3-0 defeat against Oxford United at the Kassam Stadium.

A goal in each half from Alex MacDonald had put the home team well on the way to three points, before a penalty from Danny Hylton completed a decisive victory for the U’s.

Whilst some disappointing gamesmanship from Oxford and dubious refereeing decisions did not help the Stags on the day, these factors cannot be blamed for what turned into a heavy defeat. 

Mansfield were brought firmly back down to earth after beating promotion-chasing Luton four days earlier.  In his post-match interview, Adam Murray pointed to a spell of five games in 15 days having stretched his injury-hit squad to its limits.

Under pressure to pull clear of the League Two relegation zone, the players and management will be relieved to now have seven clear days to lick their wounds before the visit of Dagenham & Redbridge next Saturday.

My full review for Real Footy Talk can be found here.

15 February 2015

Wood Off Target

Saturday 14th February 2015
Vanarama Conference South
Boreham Wood 0-0 Concord Rangers
Meadow Park 
Attendance: TBC

CONCORD RANGERS are a team which caused some trouble for Mansfield Town earlier in the season.

Last November, the Essex outfit held the Stags to a 1-1 draw in Nottinghamshire in an FA Cup 1st Round tie.  Three days later, Paul Cox stood down as Mansfield's manager, walking away after coming under increasing pressure from a section of fans.

Seven days later, and now under the caretaker management of Adam Murray, Mansfield scraped through to the 2nd Round of the competition with a 1-0 win in the replay at Concord's Aspect Arena.

The Beach Boys also provided tough opposition for Boreham Wood during that same month.  Ian Allinson's team crashed 4-0 in an FA Trophy tie in Essex just four days after that FA Cup replay, and the two teams shared the points when drawing 1-1 draw in a Conference South fixture at the same ground two weeks earlier.

This weekend I was finally able to see Concord Rangers for myself, when the Beach Boys came to Meadow Park.

My report for Real Footy Talk can be found here...




8 February 2015

Barnet On Their Way

Saturday 7th February 2015
Vanarama Conference
Barnet 2-1 Woking
The Hive
Attendance: 2036
BARNET maintained a seven-point lead at the top of the Conference, holding on despite some late scares to beat Woking 2-1 on a cold and grey afternoon at The Hive.

My report for Real Footy Talk -->

1 February 2015

Tough At The Top

Saturday 31st January 2015
Vanarama Conference South
Boreham Wood 0-4 Basingstoke Town
Meadow Park 
Attendance: 380

The Conference South promotion race became even tougher to call, as leaders Boreham Wood fell to a 4-0 home defeat against Basingstoke Town.

Three first half goals put the visitors in control at the break, and it was ‘game over’ when the Stoke added a fourth midway through the second half.

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