MATCHNIGHT LIVE - Boreham Wood v Basingstoke Town

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  • FULL-TIME - Boreham Wood 1 Basingstoke Town 1
  • Honours even at the end of an entertaining game at Meadow Park.
  • Graeme Montgomery opens the scoring with a super strike after just 18 seconds.
  • Matt Partridge levels before half-time.
  • Both sides rattle the woodwork after the break but neither can find a winning goal.
  • One change for the visitors, Kezie Ibe coming in for Ben Wright.

10:14pm

That's me done for tonight. Town sit 11th in the table after tonight's games.

Join me again at Hayes and Yeading United on Saturday.

10:10pm

REACTION

A post-match interview with Jason Bristow can be seen by clicking here.

10:01pm

Just spoke to Jason and the video is uploading as we speak. Apparently it was Matt Partridge who hit the bar for Town - and he meant it. Would have been goal of the season.

9:42pm

An entertaining game that both sides will feel they could have won. Town were the better side but Boreham Wood probably created more clear openings.

Reaction to follow.

9:39pm

Boreham Wood 1 Basingstoke Town 1

9:39pm

David Ray gets up to meet a corner but cannot get enough on his header.

9:38pm

Almost another chance as a cross from the right just evades Morias at the back post.

9:37pm

Really close for the hosts. Morias is played in behind the defence and gets around Wells, but the angle is against him and Nathan Smartgets back to block. 

The ball drops to Montgomery but Wells makes a fine save and when  another shot comes in, the goalkeeper is relieved to dive on the loose ball.

9:34pm

Mario Noto strikes the free-kick from a narrow angle and it fizzes across goal.

9:33pm

Louis Wells - Basingstoke Town

Wells gets into a muddle just outside the area and ends up handling.

9:28pm

So nearly a goal for Matt Partridge. I'll give him the benefit of the doubt and say he went for a shot from around 30 yards. Either way, it had Russell beaten but hit the underside of the crossbar and bounced to safety.

9:27pm

Boreham Wood - Lee Angol on for Kudas Oyenuga (80)

9:26pm

Basingstoke Town - Simon Dunn on for Louie Soares (80)

9:23pm

Oyenuga gets space to fire off a shot from just outside the area. A decent effort but too close to Wells.

9:18pm

Great feet from Williams on the left side of the area and it takes a brave block to stop him getting a shot on target. Better from Town in the last couple of minutes.

9:11pm

Just as I say that, it's another great chance for Town. The ball went into the box and while Soares was unable to get enough on his header, the ball dropped to Ibe.

The striker was six yards out but his shot on the turn did not have enough power to beat Russell.

9:09pm

Bit of a lull at the moment, with both sides giving away possession too easily.

9:04pm

More good play from Montgomery, this time giving Morais a chance to run at the Town defence before curling in a shot that's not far wide.

9:02pm

A lovely touch from Montgomery has Oyenuga in down the left channel, but his effort lacks the power to really trouble Wells from a narrow angle.

9:00pm

A real chance for Town. Williams did well to play Partridge in down the right and while his angled drive was pushed out by Russell, the ball dropped to Soares.

He had time to steady himself but fired wide. A big opportunity missed there.

8:58pm

The ball breaks to Kudas Oyenuga on the edge of the Town area and his shot takes a deflection and smacks against the angle of post and crossbar. 

Wells didn't move but he does well to keep out Callum Reynolds' attempt from the rebound.

8:54pm

A good run from Louie Soares leads to a shooting opportunity for Adam Green, whose low shot forces a decent save out of Russell in the home goal.

8:53pm

Almost a chance for Town as a mix-up between goalkeeper and defender sees the ball drop to McAuley, but he cannot make proper contact.

8:51pm

Town get the second half under way.

8:49pm

The players are coming out ready for the second half. I'm a happy boy at the moment. Chelsea are leading 1-0 at half-time of their trip to Manchester City.

8:41pm

8:41pm

8:37pm

The first 18 seconds aside, a pretty good half for Town. Louie Soares is playing almost as a third striker and causing lots of problems, while the visitors are bossing midfield.

They are pressing high, forcing Boreham Wood into mistakes, but the final ball hasn't always been there.

8:34pm

Boreham Wood 1 Basingstoke Town 1

8:33pm

The ball went through to Wells but his quick throw left McAuley with little option but to give away a free-kick, which Junior Morias fired in, forcing a decent save out of Wells diving to his right.

A couple of dangerous corners followed but Town survived.

8:31pm

Jay Gasson is caught in possession and it takes a key challenge from Daly to stop Montgomery getting in on goal.

8:27pm

Daly tries to play Williams in with a scoop over the wall. It almost works, but the striker is just unable to get the ball under control and  ends up giving away a free-kick.

8:25pm

A foul on Manny Williams and Town have a free-kick in a dangerous area.

8:24pm

Montgomery's free-kick flies up in the air off Wes Daly and Luke Garrard is almost on the end of it, the ball just making it through to Wells in the Town goal.

8:19pm

Kezie Ibe wins a free-kick 25 yards out and Soares' effort can only be beaten away by the home goalkeeper.

8:15pm

Boreham Wood 1 Basingstoke Town 1 - Matt Partridge (27)

Adam Green pops up on the right wing following a corner and his cross finds MATT PARTRIDGE at the near post. His flick header finds the far corner of the net and Town are level.

8:14pm

A poor header gives Manny Williams the chance to play McAuley in. His angled drive forces a smart save from the home goalkeeper.

8:13pm

Matt Partridge goes down very easily in the area. None of his team-mates even appealed. Not great.

8:11pm

Junior Morias has a go from distance but it's well over the Town goal.

8:08pm

Montgomery's deep cross almost causes Wells a problem. It was drifting in at the far post and the Town 'keeper had to be careful and make sure he didn't carry it in.

8:07pm

That's good play from Soares, who popped up in the centre forward area and was played in by McAuley. The angle was tight but his first touch was good and he forced a decent save out of goalkeeper James Russell.

8:04pm

Callum Reynolds lets fly from range - and that's not miles over the Town goal.

8:02pm

Adam Green's cross is just to high for Shaun McAuley. Town are having good possession in decent areas but their final ball has not quite been good enough yet.

7:56pm

Good play from Louie Soares to win the ball on halfway and the break is on, but a good last-ditch tackle denies him a real chance.

7:53pm

Almost an instant equaliser for Town, Wes Daly firing inches wide from the edge of the area.

7:48pm

Boreham Wood 1 Basingstoke Town 0 - Graeme Montgomery (1)

Oh dear. That's not the start we were looking for - but it is a terrific goal.

GRAEME MONTGOMERY picks up the ball on the left side of the Town area and fires in a spectacular angled shot that flies over Louis Wells and into the top corner.

About 18 seconds on the clock when that flew in.

7:47pm

Boreham Wood get the game under way.

7:45pm

And here come the teams, to some old style music. Good times. Who needs Man City v Chelsea?!

7:44pm

Jason Bristow is taking his place in the away dugout in front of me. The nutter is wearing shorts. Could get chilly.

7:38pm

Not entirely sure who this person thinks will win 4-0. I'll give him credit if it's either way.

7:36pm

The sides have gone in to make their final preparations.

7:34pm

Meadow Park has changed quite a bit since the last time I was here, with a big new stand being built on the other side of the ground to where I am sat.

Sadly, it doesn't seem to have had much of an affect on attendances here. Not long to go and I suspect there will be around 200 people here tonight, tops.

7:30pm

The PA announcer just read out the Town side. He made Louie Soares sound a lot like Luis Suarez. If only.

7:29pm

Hooray. No prize is on its way to you right now Gary!

7:27pm

No love for either #Dragons or my prediction challenge yet. First person to do either gets no prize.

7:25pm

Callum Reynolds, who starts for the hosts, had a couple of spells at Town. He also scored the decisive own-goal when Basingstoke beat Boreham Wood 1-0 at the Camrose earlier in the season.

7:24pm

TEAMS

Boreham Wood: Russell, Nunn, Jones, Garrard, O'Loughlin, Reynolds, Noto, Cox, Morias, Oyenuga, Montgomery. Subs: Lobjoit, Wichelow, Angol, Brown, Courtnage.

Basingstoke Town: Wells, Smart, Green, Partridge, Gasson, Ray, Daly, McAuley, Ibe, Williams, Soares. Subs: Rice, Barrett, Matthews, Adams, Dunn.

7:20pm

It's chilly but not too cold and there's not much of a breeze at the moment. That could change as the evening progresses as yet another weather front moves in, but fingers crossed we don't have another wind-affected game.

The pitch is in decent shape but looks heavy, with some areas covered in sand to soak up some of the mud.

7:18pm

Just taken my seat in the press box. Let's get ready to rumble by PJ and Duncan (Ant and Dec to any younger readers) is blaring out over the PA system. Good times.

7:10pm

According to their Twitter feed, Kudas Oyenuga will make his Boreham Wood debut tonight.

7:01pm

I assume Town will play 4-4-2 again, with Shaun McAuley and Louie Soares on the wings. I would like to see them play 3-5-2 at some point, to get McAuley in the number 10 position.

6:51pm

So, the Town team is as follows:

Wells, Smart, Green, Partridge, Gasson, Ray, Daly, McAuley, Ibe, Williams, Soares.

Subs: Rice, Dunn, Barrett, Matthews, Adams.

6:50pm

TEAM NEWS

Jason Bristow has named a starting line-up with just one change to the side that lost to Sutton last Saturday. Kezie Ibe comes in for Ben  Wright, who has gone back to Salisbury at the end of his loan spell.

6:47pm

As I have a bit of time to kill, let's do a few score predictions. I'll get the ball rolling and plump for a 2-0 Town win.

What do you think? Have your say by using the comment box below or #Dragons on Twitter.

6:41pm

6:40pm

The things I do for this paper and Basingstoke Town. Not only am I missing one of the biggest games of the season for my beloved Chelsea, my absence has also forced the cancellation of my regular Monday night five-a-side kick about.

This better be good. At least the traffic coming up here was flowing freely. Last time I was here, Town had to play in Boreham Wood's away kit because their kit got stuck on the motorway.

6:37pm

6:32pm

I'm trialling a new Twitter hashtag tonight. Have your say on the game by using the comment box below or #Dragons on Twitter.

6:26pm

Good evening and welcome to live text coverage from Meadow Park, where Basingstoke Town will be looking to get their Conference South play-off challenge back on track with a win over struggling Boreham Wood. 

Kick-off is at 7.45pm.

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