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Boreham Wood will travel in style to Weston Super Mare after Arsenal agreed to send Wood to the game in their first team coach
5:43pm Thursday 5th September 2013 in Sport
Boreham Wood will travel to this Saturday's Skrill South match at Weston Super Mare in style as Arsenal, in support of Non-League Day, will send Wood to the game on their first-team coach.
The Gunners have a long standing partnership with Wood and manager Ian Allinson played for the club during the 1980s.
Arsenal along with their coach travel company of choice Ellisons have agreed to send the Boreham Wood squad and management to Weston Super Mare with the Premier League club picking up the bill.
As a way of thanking the Gunners, Boreham Wood will offer Arsenal season ticket holders and their children free or reduced admission for Wood’s home league games this season.
Allinson said: “What an unbelievable gesture from both Arsenal and Ellisons once again.
“To have played for the club was the biggest privilege of my life and the older I get the more it seems to mean.
“That time at Highbury can never be taken from me and what they’ve done in this instance, doesn’t surprise me in the least as it’s the Arsenal way. It’s understated, it’s honourable and put simply it’s so kind and thoughtful.”
Allinson hopes the opportunity to travel on the Arsenal coach will lift his players who suffered a third successive defeat on Saturday.
An injury-hit Wood were beaten 3-0 by Eastleigh and have slipped to 18th in the table following the loss.
Allinson’s side came under pressure from the kick-off and Stuart Fleetwood rattled the angle of James Russell’s goal after two minutes.
Wood responded with efforts on goal from Matthew Ball and Graeme Montgomery but neither forced goalkeeper Ross Flitney into action.
After sustained pressure from Eastleigh, they went ahead four minutes before the interval as Craig McAllister headed home a Dan Spence cross.
The visitors to Meadow Park remained in control in the second period and Russell had to be alert to deny Ben Strevens from close range.
Jai Reason then dragged a shot wide before Eastleigh doubled their lead on the hour mark.
A scramble in the penalty area saw Matt Ball attempt to clear but the ball rebounded off the striker and curled into the bottom corner.
Robert Hastings came close to pulling a goal back for Wood but his shot flashed wide of the post.
Eastleigh rounded off the win with eight minutes remaining as Mario Noto fouled Strevens in the penalty area and Reason smashed the spot kick home to complete victory.