Bower warns of difficult Boreham Wood test

Saturday’s match is kindly sponsored by Compass Resourcing

Mark Bower has called on his players to put the disappointment of their dramatic 3-3 draw at Wrexham behind them and focus on Saturday’s visit of Boreham Wood.

A spirited display from the Lions in north Wales saw them come within a minute of claiming maximum points but for a late Connor Jennings strike after Gavin Rothery had seen red for a challenge in midfield.

It ended a run of three straight defeats ahead of the visit of Boreham Wood – this weekend’s opponents four points and two places behind Bower’s side in the Vanarama National League.

Saturday’s clash will be manager Luke Garrard’s first in permanent charge of the visitors and Bower believes it will represent a tougher challenge than in recent weeks.

“Boreham Wood and Welling will look at us and probably see it as an opportunity to get points on the board as well,” he said, referencing the visit of Welling United at the end of the month.

“But it’s fiercely competitive and no-one is going to give you anything. I said to the players that we’ve had four games against big, established Conference or Football League sides but the game against Boreham Wood will be harder than any of those we’ve played.

“Because there’s that expectation on us, but we’ve got to and show the same work ethic, quality and confidence we showed at times against Wrexham.

“If we do that, we’re capable of getting a positive result but if we take our foot off the gas then we’ll get punished.

“It’s good to end that little losing run and I hope the lads can get that disappointment out of their system and look forward to Saturday’s game.”

Saturday’s game will see the Bone Cancer Research Trust attend Nethermoor as guests of the club, where they will be offering information and raising awareness of the illness.