Our summer study of the teams we'll come up against in the National League next season continues with a trip to Hertfordshire.
Nickname: The Wood
Who’s in charge?
Luke Garrard became the youngest manager in any of England’s top five divisions when he was appointed as the boss of Boreham Wood aged just 30 in October 2015.
A former Wood defender, Garrard started out as a trainee with Spurs before moving on to Swindon Town where he spent three years between 2002 and 2005.
He spent time on the books of Bishop’s Stortford and Boreham Wood upon leaving The County Ground and then moved on to AFC Wimbledon in 2006 for a four-year stint and over 100 appearances.
He initially returned to Boreham Wood on loan in 2009/10 before making the reunion permanent that summer and he made well over 100 appearances before succeeding Ian Allinson in the Meadow Park hotseat.
How did they get on last season?
The 2016/17 campaign represented further progress for Boreham Wood as they finished 11th in their second season in the National League.
Promoted via the play-offs from National League South in 2014/15, The Wood’s first season was all about avoiding relegation – which they did in dramatic style by winning their final three games to stay two points above the drop zone.
That allowed them to build further during last summer and the work they did paid dividends with a top-half finish last term and they will hope to improve once more when the new campaign arrives.
When did we last meet?
The two clubs have not previously met in competitive action so this season will see the first game played between Pools and Boreham Wood.
Where do they play?
Meadow Park has been home to Boreham Wood since 1963 when they moved there from Eldon Avenue. It has a capacity of 4,500 and is also used by Arsenal’s Ladies Team and Youth Teams, as well as Watford Reserves.
When do we play them?
The National League fixtures are due to be released on around 5th July.
Mark Carruthers of NonLeagueDaily.com gives us his insight in to Boreham Wood…
“Last season proved to be a high point for Boreham Wood; not only did they achieve the highest league finish in their history (11th in the National League), but they also reached the First Round of the FA Cup once again.
“They looked as if they were going to produce a shock, as they raced into a 2-0 lead against Notts County thanks to goals from the highly-rated Angelo Balanta and Morgan Ferrier (more of him later).
“But a brace from former Hartlepool United loanee Adam Campbell took the tie to a replay and the Magpies ran out 2-0 winners at Meadow Lane.
“That eleventh-placed finish proved to be quite the achievement for a club that only survived from relegation back to the National League South with a 3-0 win at Welling United on the last day of the 2015/16 season.
“Most of the credit for their improvement should go to their highly-rated young manager Luke Garrard. Since taking over from former Arsenal winger Ian Allinson, Garrard led the club away from relegation and an impressive recruitment drive last summer laid the foundations for their mid-table finish.
“They have lost one of their stars from last season, with striker Morgan Ferrier leaving the club to join Dagenham & Redbridge last week.
“Ferrier’s form at Boreham Wood had attracted interest from the likes of Peterborough United, Swindon Town and Stevenage.
“It is imperative that they replace him if they are to continue their improvement under Garrard, although they can rely on a thriving Academy to supplement their First Team squad.
“If they can replace Ferrier then I am sure they can produce a similar finish to the mid-table finish last season.”