Boreham Wood v FC Halifax Town preview

FC Halifax Town can move to within two games of promotion to the Football League if they beat Boreham Wood in their National League play-off eliminator on Friday (7pm).
Football - FC Halifax Town v Boreham Wood. Cameron King for Town.Football - FC Halifax Town v Boreham Wood. Cameron King for Town.
Football - FC Halifax Town v Boreham Wood. Cameron King for Town.

The game will be screened live on BT Sport and will have no extra time and go straight to penalties if scores are level after 90 minutes.

Five substitutes can be used out of six named on the bench, and there will be a one minute drinks break in each half. Cooling breaks of three minutes may be used depending on temperature and humidity.

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Boreham Wood’s top-scorer Kabongo Tshimanga netted 19 goals in 37 league games this season, while fellow forward Tyrone Marsh scored 14 in 36 league outings.

In comparison, no Town player in the squad is in double figures for the season. Cameron King is the current top-scorer with seven.

Tshimanga, 22, has played for the England C side, and earned his move to Boreham Wood with a prolific season at Oxford City in the National League South, scoring 29 goals in all competitions and being named in the division’s team of the year.

Other forwards in the Boreham Wood squad include former Barrow and Solihull Moors man Adi Yussuf, who is on loan from Blackpool, and former Mansfield and Lincoln front-man Matt Rhead.

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Neither side was in great form before football’s enforced break, with Town losing four out of their previous five games, and Boreham Wood only winning one of their last four.

Boreham Wood won 16 of their 37 National League games this season, drawing 12 and losing nine - no side in the division lost fewer games.

They won seven, drew seven and lost four of their home league games, with Town winning seven, drawing four and losing six of their away league matches.

Town’s league game at Boreham Wood was their next scheduled match, but never went ahead due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Their meeting at The Shay back in October ended in a 2-0 win for Boreham Wood with a goal in each half from Tom Champion and Adam McDonnell.

Boreham Wood reached the National League play-off final in 2018, losing 2-1 to Tranmere Rovers at Wembley.

Manager Luke Garrard has been in charge of Boreham Wood since 2015, having spent five years at the club as a player before then.

Halifax last reached the National Leagie play-offs in 2014, when they lost out to Cambridge United.

The winner will be away to Harrogate Town in the semi-finals on Saturday, July 25 (2.30pm).