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Boreham Wood ended their Conference South season with a win at champions Eastleigh
12:30pm Thursday 1st May 2014 in Sport
Boreham Wood finished their season with a 1-0 win at Conference South title winners Eastleigh on Saturday.
Victory means Ian Allinson's side end the season in 13th place in the table.
Karl Brown - making his full league debut up front - tested Eastleigh goalkeeper Ross Flitney early on with a well struck effort as the Wood set out their intentions from the beginning.
Eastleigh, who had already confirmed their promotion to the Conference, fell behind after 12 minutes.
The goal came when a long ball from Josh Hill caught the hosts' defence out, allowing striker Greg Morgan to nip in and beat Flitney with an excellent first-time finish.
Boreham Wood keeper James Russell had been a spectator early on, but was required to make his first save after 20 minutes to deny Eastleigh's Dan Spence.
Spence looked destined to connect with a Michael Green cross shortly after, but the awareness of Wood's Callum Reynolds prevented an effort on target.
Hill came close to doubling Wood's lead when he hooked wide before Matty Whichelow tested Flitney with a free-kick.
Ben Strevens almost equalised for the Spitfires, but Mario Noto was on hand to head the striker's effort off the line.
Wycombe Wanderers loanee Lee Angol was a menace throughout, unable to make more of a superb dribble, beating three Eastleigh defenders before failing to provide the killer pass.
Experienced forward Ricky Shakes saw a good chance go to waste when one-on-one with Flitney, who did well to prevent a second.
Determined not to end the season with back-to-back league defeats, the Spitfires threw everything at Boreham Wood in the final minutes, but were unable to find a way past Russell.
Speaking to Boreham Wood's website after, Allinson felt his side were lacking some consistency following recent performances.
"We were tremendous and showed again what we are capable of," enthused Allinson. "However when you compare it to our games against Staines Town and Hayes and Yeading United recently, the inconsistency is something we need to fathom out.
"You cannot blame tiredness given the heroics my side performed over 120 minutes against Bishops Stortford, then getting a win against the champions three days later.
"I believe it falls down to the inexperience within the side given how young we are as a unit. That is something I will have a look at before the start of the season," admitted Allinson.
Reflecting on the season as a whole, Allinson highlighted the difference between the first and second halves of the season.
"We have had a fantastic second half of the season and claimed 38 points with a healthy goal difference. Had we replicated that in the first half of the campaign, we would have made the play offs," said Allinson.
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