Boreham Wood hosts Dagenham & Redbridge on Saturday looking to cement their place in the National League playoffs.

With six games to go for both teams, a good end to the season will be key for two clubs with aspirations of reaching the Football League.

You can watch all the action live on BT Sport 1 from 4:30pm

Can Boreham Wood secure a playoff spot?

Luke Garrard’s side is well placed to finish in the top seven having put up impressive form since the turn of the year.

Boreham Wood went 14 league games unbeaten at the start of 2023 before recent defeats to Solihull Moors and Torquay.

Any fears of a potential dip in form were allayed by a thumping 4-0 win over bottom side Maidstone last time out, but there is still work to be done for the playoff hopefuls.

The Wood are currently sixth in the National League, four points ahead of eighth-placed Bromley.

With a trip to Bromley yet to come and a visit to leaders Wrexham on the horizon, beating Dagenham becomes even more important.

Only Wrexham and Notts County have lost fewer games than Boreham Wood this season, but 14 draws have proven to be a drag.

Still, confidence should be high in a first playoff finale since the 2019-20 season.

Can Dagenham end a disappointing season on a high?

Back-to-back defeats have ended Dagenham’s slim hopes of a late playoff run.

That could allow them to play more freely given the lack of danger in the last six games of the season.

It could also lead to a group of players becoming tool-less, something new manager Ben Strevens will want to avoid as he looks to start preparations for next season.

The former Eastleigh boss took over from Daryl McMahon last month and has so far drawn one, won one and lost two of his four games in charge.

Reading things so early in his tenure is unfair, but the expectation for next season will be to finish in the top seven, given Dagenham’s significant buying power at this level.

After losses to lowly Gateshead and Dorking, beating Boreham Wood would be a sign of resilience and progress in the short term.

Will Effiong end up as the best of the rest?

No one is catching Macaulay Langstaff and Paul Mullin as the division’s leading scorers this season, with 40 and 34 goals respectively for two of the most prolific forwards in National League history.

There is, however, an unofficial race to finish best of the rest, an achievement that won’t be rewarded with a Golden Boot but would still be worthy of some recognition.

As it stands, Dagenham’s Inih Effiong is the favorite having scored 20 goals for both Aldershot and the Daggers since moving to east London in January.

He is one goal clear of Barnet’s Nicke Kabamba and two clear of Woking’s Rhys Browne.

With Boreham Wood without a goalscorer, Effiong will be the man to watch at Meadow Park on Saturday.


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