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Boreham Wood boss Allinson insists focus in transfer market was on attack after play-off disappointment
Boreham Wood boss Ian Allinson insists he concentrated on strengthening his attack this summer after a lack of goals scuppered their play-off hopes.
Wood’s Conference South promotion bid faltered last season and Allinson has focused on adding some firepower to aid this year’s campaign.
The club brought in versatile forward Donovan Simmonds from Dover Athletic and former Peterborough striker Callum Willock.
Wood’s latest signing is former Watford player Matty Whichelow.
Ricky Shakes has also arrived from Kidderminster Harriers but a serious injury has ruled the attacker out of the first half of the season.
Allinson said: “I think it was important to strengthen because the reason we failed to get into the play-offs is we didn’t score enough goals in the last 15 or 20 games.
“We didn’t have enough firepower. Our goal ratio wasn’t great and this resulted in too many draws during the second half of the season.”
He added: “We didn’t panic and waited until the correct players for us became available. Donovan and Callum are good signings and will fit in very well.
“The only disappointment is that our marquee signing Ricky snapped his Achilles tendon during pre-season and looks like he will be out for about six months.”
Allinson believes the club can help 21-year-old Whichelow return to the Football League.
The Wood manager said: “Matty has come in at just the right time and fits in lovely to the system. He is a major asset and is technically a very good footballer.
“Our aim is to get him back into the professional game. If he works hard then his ability will come out and he is still young enough to get back into the professional ranks.”
Wood finished ninth in the table last season and although Allinson hasn’t put pressure on them to reach the play-offs, he has targeted an improvement in the league.
The Wood boss said: “We want to improve on last season. Even though we finished lower than the previous year, we actually ended up with one point more.
“We have to try and get ourselves into the top eight and if we can manage that then hopefully we can push on towards the top six.”
Wood begin the season with a trip to Tonbridge Angels tomorrow before hosting Bishop’s Stortford on Monday night.
Allinson expects a tough start but insists it is vital that they get points on the board early.
Allinson said: “It’s very important we get off to a good start to the season.
“Both sides have had excellent pr-seasons and I think it’s going to be a difficult start for us. The fixtures could easily go either way and we could find ourselves with six points or nothing.
“Going to Tonbridge Angels is never easy and Bishop’s Stortford are a bit of an unknown after returning from the Conference North after two seasons.
“But I think that Bishop’s Stortford could be the surprise package of the year. Their manager [Rod Stringer] has won the league before with Braintree Town and they could go very well.”
Allinson, whose side rounded off their pre-season campaign with a 4-0 win at Potters Bar Town last Saturday, said: “I think we’re on a par with last year’s squad and I don’t feel that we’ve fallen back.”
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