Hemel Hempstead Town boss Dean Brennan is in bullish mood ahead of Saturday’s crucial Conference South Clash with title-chasing Boreham Wood – promising that his side will be going all out attack against their Hertfordshire rivals.
Playoff-chasing Hemel go into the game on the back of an impressive 3-1 victory over Chelmsford City on Tuesday night; a result which saw them close the gap on fifth-placed Gosport Borough to just two points with a game in hand.
Another victory on Saturday would give a real boost to the Tudors’ playoff credentials and would send out a warning sign to the teams around them in the table – a fact not lost on Brennan.
“We will be going all out attack because we’re going there to get the three points,” said the Hemel boss. “We will play very positively, and may the best side win on the day.
“We know that Boreham Wood are a very good side and they have a lot of pace in their front line. They are very well organised defensively and they have good experience.
“We are expecting a tough game but we will have a really good go at it.”
We are expecting a tough game but we will have a really good go at it.Hemel Hempstead Town FC manager Dean Brennan
Confidence is high in the Hemel camp following two crucial wins on the spin, and Brennan is hoping that his side can feed on this on Saturday against second-placed Boreham Wood.
“The second half performance against Chelmsford will give everyone confidence,” he said. “I think the whole squad were excellent and the team managed the game really well.
“I always know that we will score goals, it’s just how well we defend that will dictate how well we do in the next six games.
“It’s just about taking it one game at a time and now we will be concentrating on Boreham Wood. There’s a lot of confidence around the camp and we are really giving our fans something to sing about again.”
Hemel go into the game missing defenders Ed Oshodi and David King through suspension, while Brennan was unsure whether young centre-back Dominic Hyam would be back from Scotland U21 duty on time.
That leaves the Tudors looking a little short on numbers at the back, but Brennan said: “That’s part and parcel of football, and it gives other players a chance. I thought JJ (Jorell Johnson) came in the other night and took his opportunity with both hands.
“That’s the way we work at this football club; if you take your chance, you will stay in the team. It’s as simple as that.”