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Boreham Wood work hard to claim Eastleigh draw
3:58pm Thursday 14th March 2013 in Sport
Boreham Wood manager Ian Allinson was relieved to come away with a point from their 1-1 draw at Eastleigh.
Fifth-placed Wood faced one of their toughest games of the season against their fellow play-off contenders and had to work hard to fight back for the draw.
Allison felt they were tested more than when they were beaten by Conference South leaders Welling last month so was pleased to ensure they retained a three-point gap ahead of Eastleigh.
Allinson said: “They never gave us a moment on the ball. Full credit to Eastleigh, they are a force to be reckoned with. We did not do ourselves any favours in the first half when we failed to defend as a team. We put ourselves under immense pressure, but we addressed that in the second half.
“They tested us mentally and we did not disappoint. They caused us more problems than Welling I felt and they gave us no time on the ball.”
The Spitfires made a dominant start to the match with Chris Zebrowski’s shot forcing James Russell into a sharp save.
But Eastleigh opened the scoring after 17 minutes when Michael Green’s cross fell to Damien Scannell and he set up Jai Reason for a superb volley which gave Russell no chance.
The visitors were so close to falling further behind when Dale Binns’ volley was brilliantly saved by Russell.
The Wood keeper was again tested by Reason’s fierce strike but managed to keep it out and prevent Eastleigh extending their lead.
This proved crucial as Allinson’s side grabbed an equaliser in the 72nd minute when Greg Morgan’s corner was headed home by defender Charlie O’Loughlin.
Play-off hopefuls Eastleigh nearly regained the lead quickly when Binns went through but his shot cannoned off the post.
Wood were happy to come away from their promotion rivals with a result after a severe examination.
Wood return home to face Bromley this weekend in the league.