Notts County will look to continue their good run of form tonight as they host Boreham Wood, currently 17th in the National League table.
Recent results have pushed the Magpies into third in the division, all be it six points behind second placed Sutton with a game in hand and eight points behind leaders Torquay United who have played the same amount of games as County (eleven).
Neal Ardley’s men will look to continue to put pressure on the sides around them in the promotion race and will hope for slip ups elsewhere but the Manager knows despite tonight’s opposition languishing near the relegation places, his side will be in for a tough encounter at Meadow Lane.
Ardley stated “I actually spoke to Boreham Wood’s manager Luke Garrard a couple of weeks ago and he was very upbeat and said only one team had really deserved to beat them so far this season. That’s starting to show now – his team’s building momentum and confidence.
“Any team that can go up to Hartlepool and get a result is in a good place and I thought they were very professional live on television against Canvey Island in the FA Cup the other week.
“They’ve played a system for the last two or three years that they all know the ins and outs of, so it’s going to be tough.
“I think it’ll be a little more open than Woking – they’ll come and express themselves and try and take the game to us.
“They’ve got really good attacking threats, so it’s got the makings of an exciting game.”
Notts have Wes Thomas and Alex Lacey back in training but at centre back Ben Turner’s performances have impressed of late with Notts having three successive shutouts whilst up front the goals have come in the form largely of Kyle Wootton (six for the season) as Elisha Sam and Enzio Boldewijn amongst others have also stepped in during recent games.
Winger Tom Walker has also impressed since joining from Harrogate and Ardley has options tonight across the pitch despite injuries, notably to Cal Roberts with the likes of Damien McCrory and Sam Graham still missing.
Boreham Wood beat Hartlepool United last time out and have lost just once in five matches with back to back wins (including their 3-0 FA Cup win against Canvey Island the week previous) setting them up nicely for their trip up north. Luke Garrard’s side will be looking for a hat-trick of victories to boost their own league position but would certainly take a point back home to Hertfordshire if offered now.
The match kicks off at 7:45pm and although behind closed doors you can purchase the live stream here on the Notts County official website.
*Main image @Official_NCFC Meadow Lane is ready and waiting for tonight’s action.