Match preview: Boreham Wood (h)

The Spireites will have another chance to wrap up the National League title when they welcome Boreham Wood to the SMH Group Stadium.

If Paul Cook’s side avoid defeat in front of the TNT Sports cameras, a return to the EFL will be confirmed.

Here’s everything you need to know…

Match Details

Date: Saturday, March 23, 2024

Opponents: Boreham Wood

Kick-off: 3pm
TV Channel: TNT Sports 3

Competition: Vanarama National League

Location: SMH Group Stadium


Tickets for this fixture are completely sold-out for home supporters. Please do not travel to the stadium unless you have a ticket.

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The Opposition

Name: Boreham Wood Football Club

Nickname: The Wood

Founded: 1948

Stadium: Magnata Pay UK Stadium Meadow Park

Capacity: 4,500

Manager: Luke Garrard


Isthmian League Division One Champions | 1976/77, 1994/95 & 2000/01

Southern League Division One East Champions | 2005/06

Athenian League Division One Champions | 1973/84

Athenian League Division Two Champions | 1968/69

Parthenon League Champions | 1955/56

Isthmian League Cup Winners | 1996/97

Herts Senior Cup Winners | 1971/72, 1998/99, 2001/02, 2007/08, 2013/14, 2017/18 & 2018/19

On Luke Garrard

Luke Garrard is one of the best young managers in the National League and has staked his claim to that title for several years. Following a playing career that saw him play for Boreham Wood on three separate occasions, he became manager of the club in 2015. In the nine years he has been in the role, he has had the Wood within touching distance of the Football League a couple of times. They lost to Tranmere Rovers in the 2017/18 National League play-off final at Wembley Stadium before conceding late goals to Notts County in the 2022/23 play-off semi-final. This season, Boreham Wood are current in 20th place – just one point above the relegation zone.

One to watch

Despite only re-joining the club on loan from Peterborough United in early February, Kabongo Tshimanga is already halfway to the tally of Boreham Wood’s top goalscorer this season, Lee Ndlovu. The former Spireite is starting to regain some form following a tough half season on loan at Fleetwood Town. As Chesterfield fans will know, Tshimanga will not need many invitations before getting on the scoresheet.

This season in numbers (for Peterborough United, Fleetwood Town & Boreham Wood):

Appearances – 33

Goals – 6

Yellow Cards – 1

Red Cards – 0

Minutes Played – 1,695

Played for both

Will Evans joined the Spireites following the club’s relegation to the National League back in 2018. He won the 2018/19 Player of the Year award in his first season, which included five goals from centre-back as well as a penalty save in added time of the remarkable 3-3 home draw with Ebbsfleet United. The defender spent two more seasons in North Derbyshire before leaving at the end of the 2020/21 campaign.

Upon leaving Chesterfield, Evans joined fellow National League club Boreham Wood. He played 85 times in the two seasons he played in Hertfordshire as they reached the fifth round of the FA Cup in 2022 and the National League semi-finals the year after.

View from the dugout

Danny Webb said: “If we play how we know we can, then we’ll get three points but we have to be at it.

“We can’t hide from it; we know what’s at stake and we know what could be but all focus has to be on the game and how we can win. It’s all focus on that; nothing else.”