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PREVIEW: HATTERS HEAD TO BOREHAM WOOD

19 July 2016

The Town face National League side tonight at 7.30pm

This evening the Town head to Vanarama National League outfit Boreham Wood for their second pre-season friendly in this country, following Saturday’s 9-0 win at Bedford Town and the previous week’s 0-0 draw in Hungary against Paksi FC.

The game at Meadow Park kicks off at 7.30pm – NOT 7.45pm as previously indicated.

Manager Nathan Jones will take a strong squad to the Hertfordshire club as the Hatters look to increase their fitness against a side three tiers higher than the Evo-Stik League Southern Division One Central Eagles.

Even accounting for the four steps between the Hatters and Bedford, it was an impressive display at the Eyrie with Jack Marriott leading the way with an 11-minute hat-trick after entering the fray as a half-time sub (click here to see the goals)



Jones told lutontown.co.uk: “We look to progress in pre-season with each game and Boreham Wood will be a progression from Bedford, leading into a very stern test with Brighton next Saturday.

“We had a good test last week when we were in Hungary, against a Premier League side who like to play at their own tempo and keep possession, so it was a real good test of our defensive shape and we stood up to that. 

“Bedford was slightly different. We wanted to set the tempo and be on the front foot, and Boreham Wood will be exactly the same.”

The Wood, now under the management of Luke Garrard, their former midfielder and assistant to previous boss Ian Allinson, finished 19th last year in Non-League’s top division.

Promoted as Conference South play-off winners the year before, surviving in the highest level of football the 68-year-old club have ever played at was some achievement.

In their most recent game Wood beat a young Arsenal XI 3-0 with goals from Joe Devera, Shaun Jeffers and Kenny Davis, the former Braintree Town captain they have signed this summer.

This will be their fifth home pre-season game, all against League opposition, with Brentford having been beaten 2-1 and Reading and Peterborough both recording victories over the Wood before the young Gunners’ visit last Saturday.

Admission prices for the game are £12 Adults and £10 OAPs, £6 for Under-16s and £3 for Under-12s.

If you can't get to Meadow Park, we will be tweeting live updates and will have a report, pictures and reaction online on lutontown.co.uk post-match.

After this game, the Hatters’ next test is when Championship play-off qualifiers Brighton visit Kenilworth Road next Saturday for a game that kicks off at the earlier than usual time of 2pm.



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