The Non-League Football Paper - - RESULTS SERVICE - By Matt Bad­cock

KANE SMITH might not have ex­pected to play as much as he has this sea­son, but now the for­mer Hitchin Town full-back is a big part of Bore­ham Wood’s Foot­ball League push.

The 22-year-old needed just one train­ing ses­sion in the sum­mer to earn him­self a deal with Luke Gar­rard’s men.

Smith has nailed down a place in the start­ing XI all year and has a grow­ing rep­u­ta­tion as one of the di­vi­sion’s best at­tack­ing right-backs.

Wood sat fourth in the ta­ble ahead of the week­end and Smith says he’s lov­ing life in Non-League’s top tier.

“It’s a lot tougher phys­i­cally but I’ve en­joyed it and I think I’ve grasped it well – I didn’t ex­pect to play as many games as I have, to be hon­est,” he told

“I thought I’d be get­ting ro­tated, but I’ve pretty much played ev­ery game.

“I feel so much fit­ter. It was the hardest pre-sea­son I’ve ever had and that ben­e­fits you later in the sea­son.

“We are do­ing re­ally well. It’s all the hard work on the train­ing pitch that the gaffer and Terry (Har­ris) get us do­ing. It’s all the ba­sics, keep­ing the ball and be­ing pa­tient, we’ve done that re­ally well.

“We are in good form at the minute and we’ve kept in touch with the top three – it’s still all to play for.

“We are a tight group and we are all in it for each other.”

Smith be­gan his ca­reer with Lu­ton Town be­fore mov­ing to South­ern League Hitchin Town where boss Mark Burke turned him into a right-back, which led to tri­als with Crys­tal Palace, West Brom and Shrews­bury.

“Mainly I was play­ing at­tack­ing mid­field at the time, but the man­ager put me in at right-back and ever since then I feel I’ve done re­ally well,” Smith, who had two-and-a-half years with the Ca­naries, said. “I liked it there straight away. At that age I’d been taught you can play any­where and I didn’t re­ally have a po­si­tion.

But as you get into men’s foot­ball it’s good. I like hav­ing the game in front of me rather than my back to goal, so it suits me.”

What also suits Smith is Bore­ham Wood’s wing-back sys­tem that al­lows him to get for­ward and de­liver crosses into the box.

Smith says the se­nior play­ers are a huge help as well as boss Gar­rard.

“He’s been ex­cel­lent for me,” Smith said. “Be­cause he’s so young he gets the ban­ter with you and you know you can have a laugh with him, then when it’s time to get down to busi­ness it is busi­ness.

“He puts a lot of faith in young play­ers and that’s why I’m ben­e­fit­ing from be­ing un­der him and Terry – hope­fully I’m re­pay­ing them.”

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