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MATCH PREVIEW

PUBLISHED
08:00 29th April 2017

Chester vs Boreham Wood: The Preview


CHESTER FC v Boreham Wood
Lookers Vauxhall Stadium
Vanarama National League
Saturday, 29th April 2017
Kick Off: 12:15


It is the final game of the season as the Blues face Boreham Wood.

It has been a season that saw Chester fly as high as seventh and within six points of a play off place until a downturn in form post-Christmas saw Jon McCarthy’s men free fall through the division.

Chester head in to the final fixture three points above the relegation zone but sat with a far superior goal difference. A single point for the Blues and they are finally mathematically safe. Failing that it would take an incredible turn of events to see Chester tumble black down to the sixth tier of English football.

Should Chester fail to pick up the point to keep themselves safe, it would take Guiseley, Torquay, Woking and York all to claim three points each with a considerable swing in goal difference.

But the Blues will want to settle matters themselves and not rely on events elsewhere, however improbable they are.

Boreham Wood are sat in 15th place and can look forward to another season in the National League Premier next season, and are set to better their 19th placed finish of last the campaign.

The Wood have gone three games without picking up a point and have won just once in their latest six outings, a run of form that has taken some of the shine of an otherwise good season for the Hertfordshire side.

With 11 goals, 22-year-old forward Morgan Ferrier is Boreham Wood’s leading goal scorer this season followed by Bruno Andrade with ten.

Chester head into the final day of the season bidding to avoid equalling a club record eighth straight league defeat at the Lookers Vauxhall Stadium - a record set in the 2007/08 season.

The last time Chester fans saw their team win at home was December 17 against Aldershot.

The two sides have met three times in the past and have shared the spoils on each occasion.  The last meeting came earlier this season at Boreham Wood’s Meadow Park.

The scoring was opened in the fifth minute when top scorer Morgan Ferrier put the Wood ahead, a lead they held until late on when Elliott Durrell levelled for the travelling Blues in the 82nd minute with an incredible strike from the halfway line.

The referee for Saturday’s fixture is Simon Barrow. Barrow has taken charge of 15 matches this season showing 41 yellow cards and three red.

Referee: Simon Barrow; Assistant Referees: Darren Wilding, Matthew Pope; Fourth Official: Craig Buxton.

Chester:
16th  W 14 D 10 L 21 Pts. 52
L L L L L

Last Three:
Sutton 5-2 Chester
Chester 2-3 Woking
Forest Green 2-0 Chester

Top Scorers:
James Alabi    17
Kane Richards     8
Tom Shaw    8

Boreham Wood
15th W 14 D 13 L 18 Pts. 55
L L L W L

Last Three:
Boreham Wood 0-4 Gateshead
Maidstone 1-0 Boreham Wood
Boreham Wood 1-3 Dagenham and Redbridge

Top Scorers:
Morgan Ferrier    11
Bruno Andrade    10
Ricky Shakes    7

Head to Head:
20/08/16 Boreham Wood 1-1 Chester FC
02/04/16 Chester FC  2-2 Boreham Wood
14/11/15 Boreham Wood 0-0 Chester FC