Gerrard hoping to repay Hunter’s faith

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Boreham Wood boss Luke Gerrard is keen to repay the faith shown in him by chairman Danny Hunter when they host AFC Wimbledon on Saturday (Match betting – Boreham Wood 21/20, Draw 9/4, AFC Wimbledon 13/10).

The Wood are targeting an upset when they take on their League One visitors in the third round of the FA Cup.

Saturday’s clash has an extra edge for Gerrard, who played for Wimbledon between 2006 and 2010, but his loyalty is firmly with his current employers.

Chairman Hunter re-mortgaged his house to help cover running costs in 2020, after vowing to pay everyone at the club 100 per cent of their salary, despite football shutting down.

Gerrard is eager to give back to Hunter by guiding Boreham Wood into the fourth round of the FA Cup for the first time in their history.

“He did have to re-mortgage his house, but he will tell you that this cup run isn’t to fill the void,” Gerrard told Standard Sport.

“This cup run is to create memories. He keeps saying, the years are going by now and the things that make him tick are memories and magic moments.

“I just want to give him another one on Saturday to repay in one small way what he’s done for me, my family and the people within this football club.”

The third round of the competition always offers intrigue, with minnows pitted against much higher-ranked opposition.

National League North outfit Kidderminster Harriers are also in action at 15:00 when they host Championship side Reading (Match betting – Kidderminster 9/2, Draw 3/1, Reading 4/7).

Royals midfielder Josh Laurent isn’t overlooking their rivals and insists Harriers must be respected, especially in front of a sold-out crowd at Aggborough.

Laurent said: “You can’t underestimate a hungry team; they’ll want to prove a point and shock football. They’re going to be up for it, so we’ll need to be on our toes.

“We need to treat it as a league match, with the right attitude and mentality.”

Meanwhile, European champions Chelsea (11/2 – FA Cup outright) host Chesterfield in the pick of the 17:30 fixtures.

Chelsea were beaten 1-0 by Leicester City in last season’s final of the FA Cup and will be eager to avoid a slip-up at home to the current National League leaders (Match betting – Chelsea 1/28, Draw 12/1, Chesterfield 33/1).

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Author: Micheal Ramirez