Aspin wary of Boreham Wood threat

Charlie MacDonald (in blue) in action for Oldham against MK Dons
Charlie MacDonald (in blue) in action for Oldham against MK Dons

Neil Aspin isn’t expecting an easy start to the season at National League new boys Boreham Wood tomorrow.

The Town boss admits he would rather have had a home start to the campaign having been drawn on the road for the fourth successive season.

Aspin, who is about to embark on his seventh season at the helm, is wary about Boreham Wood, who were promoted from the National League South play-offs, and reckons The Shaymen will need to be at their best to get a result.

“I had them watched last week, they had a good win, 3-0, played good football,” he said.

“Obviously in Charlie MacDonald up-front they’ve got someone who can score goals, he’s scored goals in the Football League.

“They’ve got a lot of league experience in their team. The players they’ve added to their squad are all ex-league players so they’ll be expecting to do well.

“Any game at the start of the season away from home is always difficult but it’s a difficult league so you don’t expect any easy games and Saturday will be a test.

“I think they’ll do well this season and we’ve got to go and play to our best.”

Speaking at a supporters club meeting on Wednesday, Aspin said he would like to bring in one more player and that striker Dan Maguire is likely to go back to Blyth Spartans.

The Town boss also said he has chosen his captain, but would not reveal their identity as he had not yet informed the rest of the squad.

Boreham Wood duo Sam Cox and Dan Woodards are likely to be available despite picking up injuries in their last friendly of pre-season, a 1-1 draw with Hayes.

Before then, they had drawn 0-0 with St Albans City and 1-1 with Luton, while they have beaten Ebbsfleet 3-0 and lost to Brenftord by the same score.

Replacing striker Lee Angol will be Boreham Wood’s biggest challenge after forward scored 25 goals while on loan at the club last season

They will be hoping 34-year-old Charlie MacDonald can add to his 138 career league goals for the likes of MK Dons and Brenftord.