Apparently it will become apparent in a few days why so many young trialists were being used in this match.
In many ways this felt like sign of the times, recession football. There were more agents than fans at the match as they hovered around their young clients.
Indeed BorehamWood are the first club in the country to start charging the press to come in. Several journos walked away from the turnstiles in disgust.
Some players were really really famous: like Prince or Madonna so they only came with one name: Dmitiri and Samson came to mind. You started to wonder whether some were giving their real name.
Anyway, the match report….
Winger Danny Morgan looked lively on the left as Grays put the emphasis on attack.
In the 7th minute Wood should have gone 1-0 up when broke free but well saved by Shane Gore who turned it away for a corner.
Wood had another chance on 20 minutes when a wayward header hit the bar.
Against the run of play, Jamie Davis took his chance in the area to prod the ball home from close range.
With Wood putting out their strongest eleven, Grays looked very comfortable and midfielders such as Eric Boateng looked fluent and purposeful. This team were not afraid to use one touch football to great effect. Infact, playing without fear with pace and width.
Morgan went close again on the half hour. Wood could only reply with speculative shots from outside the box.
In the 35th minute, Wood got back into the game when Grays were harshly adjudged to have handled in the box. Referee pointed to the spot and Wood made no mistake in putting the spot kick away.
Grays confidence was knocked and they could have gone further behind when was free with just Gore to beat but struck the ball straight at the keeper.
Wood went further ahead in the second half as the guile and team-work of the Ryman Premier outfit outplayed the constantly changing Blues. But there was enough for Peter Shreeves and Garry Phillips to see that there may well be enough young potential here to bolster the ranks of the starting eleven on August 8th.
1 Shane Gore 2 Jack Mcleod 3 Lolum Cahil 4 Dimtri 5 Billy Crowther 6 Rio Bryan 7 Jamie Davis 8 Manu Daggler 9 Danny Murphy 10 Eric Boetang 11 Richard Graham Subs 12 Joe Padomo gk 14 Jaimie Hall 15 Ben Bradbury 16 Samson 17 Mitchel Nelson 18 Denielson 19 Ben Long 20. Edison Arantes do Nascimento.