Notts Closing In On Those Above

Notts County 1-0 Boreham Wood (National League) 22.03.22

Notts County moved to just six points off second place this evening, as the Magpies defeated Boreham Wood 1-0.

Notts started the stronger of the two sides and that was emphasised through many creations of goal-scoring opportunities. Jayden Richardson had the best opportunity of the bunch however, a fantastic through ball from Ruben Rodrigues sent the Nottingham Forest loanee baring down on goal. The 21-year-old rounded the Wood goalkeeper, but his heavy touch resulted to be his recipe for disaster, as the ball was eventually cleared before he could roll into an empty net.

Shortly after this wasted opportunity, the hosts took a much-deserved lead. The full back was heavily involved once more as his low, dangerous cross into the middle caused defensive panic leading to the ball at the feet of Matty Palmer, whose close-range effort was fired into the top corner with ease to give the Magpies the advantage.

Immediately after taking the lead, Notts came close again. Harry Arter nearly turned provider as he did at Dagenham and Redbridge with what would’ve been a fantastic assist if Kyle Wootton leaped higher to nod the ball home. However, the ball narrowly evaded the forward’s head and rolled out for a Boreham Wood goal-kick.

Taye Ashby-Hammond pulled off a wonderful save to deny Dion Kelly-Evans the goal of his career. The right-back’s dart forward led to space open for a curled effort. The Magpies defender fulfilled the dreams of many who urged him to shoot, and just as the ball looked as if it was about to hit the top corner, the Wood shot-stopper flew across his line to push the ball to safety.

The visitors grew into the later stages of the first half, and a short period of heavy dominance led to their two greatest chances to return to level terms. Goal-bound efforts from both Danilo Orsi and Tyrone Marsh were saved convincingly by Sam Slocombe, who filled in perfectly this evening for Vitezslav Jaros.

The first half came to an end, and it was a good half for Ian Burchnall’s side in truth.

The second half began with Frank Vincent coming closest to extending his side’s lead. Delightful hold-up from Kyle Wootton led to the forward rolling the ball into the feet of Vincent, whose eventual curled effort narrowly evaded the post.

Ruben Rodrigues was the next to sting the palms of Ashby-Hammond. Another swift break-away from the duo of Wootton and the Portuguese midfielder led to a nice flurry of passes setting Rodrigues in on goal. With the angle always closing, the midfielder could only do as much as winning his side a corner, in which eventually came to nothing.

The visitors had a late opportunity squandered to equalise. A delightful ball from the left was whipped in with pace towards the head of Josh Rees. The midfielder’s header however was diverted into the grateful grasp of Sam Slocombe.

Four minutes were added to the end of a second half that lacked the same number of clear-cut chances as the first did and in that additional time, the visitors could not find their goal.

The game ended Notts County 1-0 Boreham Wood.

Notts County: Slocombe, Chicksen, Lacey, Rawlinson, Kelly-Evans, Richardson, Vincent, Palmer, Arter (Francis 64), Rodrigues, Wootton.

Boreham Wood: Ashby-Hammond, Stephens, Fyfield, Evans, Raymond (Clifton 83), Mafuta, Mendy, Rees, Orsi (Boden 60), Lewis, Marsh.

Venue: Meadow Lane (5,010)

*Article provided by K-Ci Rennicks (Notts County Correspondent).

*Main image @Official_NCFC Matty Palmer & Dion Kelly-Evans celebrate a much needed win.

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