Luke Young’s goal last Saturday brought some relief as we ended our goalless run at five matches, although that is the third longest barren streak in the club’s history. However, we go into today’s match having already equalled an unwanted club record.
Our last away goal was back in November, when Brad Walker’s massively deflected shot at Maidstone earned us a point. Since then we’ve gone six away matches without scoring, equalling the club record. This is the sixth time we’ve suffered six goalless away games in our history, the most recent occasion being September 1991.
If you’re feeling frustrated, spare a thought for those who followed Wrexham when we first joined the Football League. Fourteen times in our history we’ve suffered a run of five or more away games without a goal, and five of those came between October 1921 and December 1924. Good job there weren’t many away fans in those days!
Still, to look on the bright side, a solitary goal has always been enough for us at Borehamwood, We’ve a remarkably symmetrical record to protect today, as we’ve played there three times previously and won 1-0 each time.
A 12th minute strike by Connor Jennings was enough to secure victory in September 2015, although the margin of victory would have been far greater were it not for an inspired performance by the Borehamwood goalkeeper.
In October 2016 the game was far less one-sided, and this time the goal came twelve minutes into the second half, as John Rooney got the decisive strike.
Last season we put in an excellent performance, defending with real character against Borehamwood’s bombardment of long balls and looking dangerous on the break. Alex Reid’s header from a 61st minute corner by Paul Rutherford was enough to secure perhaps our most impressive victory of the season.
In seven clashes, Borehamwood have never scored past us in open play. Their victory at The Racecourse last season came as a result of a highly dubious penalty award, and their only other goal against us also came from the spot, in a peculiar game which saw two different Wrexham players, Rooney and Anthony Barry, score penalties in January 2017. Rooney’s spot kick, scored in the third minute of added time after he came off the bench, clinched a 2-1 win.