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Match preview: Boreham Wood

4 September 2018

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The Spireites travel to Boreham Wood this evening (7.45pm) and here is everything you need to know about the match...


It is pay on the night (cash only), with tickets for the West Stand priced as follows:

Adults: £19

Senior Citizens: £14

Under-16s: £9

Under-12s: £6

Team News

Martin Allen says that Curtis Weston has shaken off a knock.

From the Manager

In his pre-match press conference, Martin Allen said: "Every game is going to be difficult. They got to the play-off final last year and they're a very tough team. We need to be right at our best."

The Opposition

The Manager – Luke Garrard

Garrard started his career as a trainee at Tottenham Hotspur, but was released as a schoolboy. He went on to sign as an apprentice for Swindon Town, making his league debut in April 2003. Garrard made 17 appearances for Swindon, before being released.

Garrard went on to play for Bishop's Stortford, Boreham Wood and Northwood before joining AFC Wimbledon in March 2006.  

He made over 100 appearances for the Dons, mainly in a right-sided defensive role. In January 2010, Garrard re-joined Boreham Wood and in October 2015, he was appointed manager, following the resignation of Ian Allinson, making him the youngest boss in all of England's top five divisions.

One to Watch – Josh Umerah

Umerah has made a good start to the season after joining Boreham Wood on loan from Charlton Athletic.

The 21-year-old has scored three goals in six appearances, which included a brace in a 2-1 victory over Halifax ten days ago.

Umerah, who has made a handful of appearances as a substitute for Charlton, previously had spells on loan at Wycombe Wanderers and Kilmarnock. 

After signing Umerah on a season-long loan, Wood manager Luke Garrard said: “He had a successful loan at Wycombe last year and I have done my homework on him. I talked to Gareth [Ainsworth] at Wycombe and he spoke very highly of the boy.

“I envisage him coming in and making that forward berth his own, because I think that pace and power hurts teams at this level.”

Talking about his attributes, Umerah said: “I am the type of striker who likes to hold up the ball and bring other people into play. I also like to receive the ball, turn and run at defenders, and just be a general nightmare."

Head to Head

This is Chesterfield's first game against Boreham Wood. 

If you are not able to make it to the game, we will make sure you are as close to the action as possible by...

- Providing full-match commentary on Spireites Digital

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- Providing reaction from the game on the official website

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