Ian Allinson: Boreham Wood boss will look to add experience

Ian Allinson
Ian Allinson made almost 100 appearances for Arsenal in the 1980s after starting his career at Colchester United

Boreham Wood manager Ian Allinson wants to add experience to his side following their promotion to the Conference.

The Hertfordshire won promotion to the top tier of non-league football with a play-off final victory over Whitehawk.

"Once the season starts it may be a massive shock for us or we could hit it running," the 57-year-old told BBC Three Counties Radio.

"We are quite a young side and we probably more experience in and players that are used to the league."

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The former Colchester United and Arsenal winger admitted the pressure he felt his side were under to achieve promotion, having finished as runner's up to champions Bromley in the Conference South table.

"It's an amazing achievement from everybody, the chairman, the football club, myself, the players have put a tremendous amount of hard work in, not only this season, but over the last four or five years," said Allinson, who has been in charge since 2008.

"We sat down on a couple of occasions and we said that if we did not do it this year, we didn't think we would do it for a while.

"We were going to lose players like Lee Angol (on loan from Luton) and it was important we had to get in a league where we could keep hold of five or six of our best players."

Allinson will start to strengthen his squad immediately in readiness for next season, but is under no illusions about the difference in quality between the two leagues.

"The first thing is we have to try and avoid relegation (next season)," he added. "If we finish fifth from bottom it would be a tremendous achievement, then we need to start to try and improve and see where it takes us.