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May 2, 2023 at 7.45pm UK
The Hive Stadium
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Barnet
1 - 2
Boreham Wood

Pritchard (51')
FT(HT: 0-2)
Ndlovu (19', 45+2')
Marsh (62'), Kelly-Evans (66')

Preview: Barnet vs. Boreham Wood - prediction, team news, lineups

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Sports Mole previews Tuesday's National League clash between Barnet and Boreham Wood, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.
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Barnet face Boreham Wood at the Hive Stadium in the eliminator round of the National League playoffs on Tuesday evening.

The winners of the game will then travel to Meadow Lane to take on Notts County in the semi-final, where they will have the chance to earn their place in the final at Wembley Stadium on May 13th.


Match preview

After finishing 18th in the 2021-22 season, Barnet have taken great strides this season, and their place in the playoffs has been confirmed since their 1-0 victory against Solihull Moors in mid-April.

Having amassed 74 points during the regular season, the Bees finished in fifth place, earning the right to compete for a place in the EFL after a five-year absence from the fourth tier.

Dean Brennan's side have home advantage in the eliminator round, facing off against local rivals Boreham Wood, and they were unbeaten against their opponents in the regular season, drawing 1-1 away and winning 2-1 at home on Boxing Day.

That said, Barnet will need to put in a much-improved performance from their recent outings to stand any chance of progression, having struggled considerably since the beginning of April, winning just one of their last eight matches in all competitions.

Last time out, the Bees lost 2-0 at home against Dagenham & Redbridge, while they were also unable to beat 24th-placed Maidstone United and 20th-placed Maidenhead United last month, which does not bode well heading into a fixture of this magnitude.

Boreham Wood's form has also been patchy as of late, but they were able to secure a sixth-placed finish in the National League with a 1-0 victory against Yeovil Town in their most recent match.

Tyrone Marsh scored the only goal of the game to seal a win at Meadow Park, but the Wood's form on the road has not been as promising, winning just one of their last four away games, with that coming against a poor Maidstone United side.

Luke Garrard has been tantalisingly close to leading the Hertfordshire club to the EFL before, having been in charge when they lost 2-1 in the 2017-18 playoff final against Tranmere Rovers, while they also reached the semi-final in the 2019-20 season.

As such, Garrard will be hoping his side can go one better this time around, but it will be a very difficult task for whoever progresses on Monday night, as they face a trip to Notts County, who amassed a whopping 107 points in the regular season.

Barnet National League form:

Boreham Wood National League form:


Team News

Brennan rung the changes at the weekend, resting some of his star players ahead of such an important game, and the likes of Ryan De Havilland, Idris Kanu and Daniele Collinge are all in line to return to the starting lineup.

Nicke Kabamba is the Bees' main attacking threat, having scored 19 goals during the regular season, the joint-fifth highest amount in the National League, and the 30-year-old is poised to play at striker, partnering Kanu.

As for Boreham Wood, Marsh is likely to keep his place in attack after scoring his ninth league goal of the season at the weekend, and he is likely to be partnered by top-scorer Lee Ndlovu.

Will Evans could return to the starting lineup, although Garrard may also be tempted to keep the faith with Jamal Fyfield at centre-back, with his side keeping a clean sheet against Yeovil at the weekend.

Barnet possible starting lineup:
Walker; Beard, Collinge, Fernandez, Okimo, Potter; Pritchard, De Havilland, Gorman; Kanu, Kabamba

Boreham Wood possible starting lineup:
Ashmore; Agbontohoma, Bush, Fyfield, Ilesanmi; Payne, Sousa, Broadbent, Brunt; Ndlovu, Marsh


We say: Barnet 1-2 Boreham Wood

Although their form has not been up to scratch in recent weeks, Boreham Wood attained the fourth-best away record in the division during the regular season, so we expect them to progress on Tuesday night, particularly considering Barnet have been very poor recently.

Grimsby Town proved that it is possible to win the playoffs after entering at the first stage with their promotion last season, but in truth whoever wins this encounter is likely to come unstuck against a fantastic Notts County side.


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CChesterfield4631510106654198
2Barnet462681291603186
3Bromley462215973492481
4AltrinchamAltrincham4622111384592577
5Solihull MoorsSolihull462113127162976
6Gateshead462291588642475
7Halifax TownHalifax461914135850871
8Aldershot TownAldershot46209177483-969
9Southend UnitedSouthend4621121370452565
10Oldham AthleticOldham461518136360363
11Rochdale461614166964562
12Hartlepool UnitedHartlepool46179207082-1260
13Eastleigh461611197387-1459
14Maidenhead UnitedMaidenhead461513186067-758
15Dagenham & RedbridgeDag & Red461414186963656
16WealdstoneWealdstone461511206072-1256
17Woking461510214955-655
18Fylde461510217482-855
19Ebbsfleet461412205974-1554
20York City461217175569-1453
21Boreham WoodBoreham Wood461216185973-1452
22Kidderminster HarriersKidderminster461113224059-1946
23Dorking WanderersDorking46129255485-3145
24Oxford CityOxford City4689295494-4033
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