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Goalscoring Gallagher could start vs Wood, says Shots boss Waddock

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By Matt Bishop

Gary Waddock has said Jake Gallagher is in contention to start at Boreham Wood on Saturday as the early National League pacesetters look to continue their unbeaten start to the season.

After winning their opening three games, The Shots were held to a 1-1 draw at Maidstone on Tuesday night, and Waddock could look to freshen things up against a Wood side that comfortably swept Torquay aside.

While the former Oxford and Portsmouth boss is keeping his cards close to his chest, one man who could get the nod from kick-off is Gallagher, after he recovered from a slight injury to come off the bench and score against The Stones.

“Every single player is pushing for a place this weekend. We have to manage it right as it’s not the biggest squad,” said Waddock, speaking to Get Surrey.

“The way we play with high energy, I have got to protect those players sometimes.

“Jake missed some of pre-season, he did have a slight ankle concern, and with the 3G surface at Maidstone we had to manage and look after him.

“He’ll be firmly in my thoughts for the weekend. It’s another tough fixture this Saturday, it’s a tough league.”

After Gallagher put Aldershot ahead at The Gallagher Stadium on Tuesday, The Shots had chances to put the game to bed, but were pegged back in the 95th minute when Josh Hare rose highest to crash home an equaliser.

It was a bitter pill to swallow for Waddock and his side as they saw their 100% record ended, but the boss is refusing to be downbeat and told Get Surrey: “It’s always disappointing conceding a late goal but let’s not forget it’s a point away from home.

“It’s a positive point but we were all disappointed in the dressing room – but when you analyse it, four games in, a point away from home is a good point.

“There’s going to be a lot of twists and turns in this campaign.”

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