Until last season, our record against Borehamwood had a very pleasing symmetry to it. We’d played them five times, and won each encounter. Furthermore, they’d only managed one goal against us, and that was a penalty, as we racked up four 1-0 wins.
Last April that all changed in a bad tempered and controversial match. Manny Smith was harshly judged to have pushed his man in the area, allowing Borehamwood to score the only goal of the game early in the first half, and our attempts to fight back were hampered by another controversial decision as Kevin Roberts was sent off soon after the break, and a great deal of unpunished time-wasting by the visitors.
Two Wrexham players have scored more than once in this fixture: Connor Jennings ht the only goal in the first two clashes between the sides, and John Rooney hit the winner at Borehamwood in October 2016, and then kept his cool to score the winner from the penalty spot in the third minute of added time three months later.
There has been a remarkable proliferation of penalties in this fixture. Over six games, only eight goals have been scored, and five of them came from the spot. Furthermore, our 2-1 win in January 2017 was the only time the fixture hasn’t ended 1-0.