Boreham Wood set to face Premier League new boys West Ham United

Borehamwood Times: The Hammers are playing their first game in England since their Wembley triumph: Action Images The Hammers are playing their first game in England since their Wembley triumph: Action Images

Boreham Wood will face Premier League opposition on Tuesday when they entertain West Ham United.

Wood are preparing themselves for a bumper opening to their pre-season campaign at Meadow Park.

Irons boss Sam Allardyce rolls into town complete with his first team squad and a very special piece of silverware.

This will be the Hammers’ first match in England since their victory at Wembley and they plan to parade their Championship play-off trophy for all their fans to see.

Wood manager Ian Allinson said: “We’re expecting a big crowd and a fine family occasion.

“We are grateful that Sam recognises the work that goes in in grass roots football and this visit is to honour the signing of one of our PASE products, Pelly Ruddock, by the Hammers last season.

“To kick off our pre-season against a newly-promoted Premier League side is a real honour.”

Allinson has been busy shaping his squad for the coming season, with talks and negotiations running since the end of April.

Wood finished a commendable eighth in the Blue Square Bet South League last year which was just outside the play-offs.

It was a season plagued by injuries to key players and there is a firm belief that a play-off place is not out of the question in the coming campaign.

Strikers Elliot Buchanan and Donovan Simmonds are two of Allinson’s recent additions, arriving from Newport County and Dover Athletic respectively.

They will line up against the likes of Ricardo Vaz Te, Carlton Cole, Mark Noble and Kevin Nolan. New signings Jussi Jaaskelainen and Mohamed Diame could also feature.

Tickets for the game which starts at 7.30pm are on sale via the Boreham Wood FC website.

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