Boreham Wood suffer first league defeat

Boreham Wood lost for the first time this season

Boreham Wood lost for the first time this season

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Boreham Wood suffered their first Conference South defeat of the season as they were beaten 2-1 by Staines Town.

Defeat on Saturday at Wheatsheaf Park means it’s now 15 matches between the two sides since Boreham Wood last recorded a win.

Manager Ian Allinson told the club website: “We chased the game well, but failed to capitalise on the numerous chances we created. Our reaction to going two down was pleasing and some of the decisions this afternoon obviously didn’t go our way.”

Although the Boreham Wood boss was pleased with the response, he felt that errors contributed to their downfall last Saturday.

He said: “The inconsistencies started creeping back into our play. We spent half an hour closing down Hemel Hempstead in those areas on Tuesday night and we went on to win the game.

“This afternoon both the midfield and defenders let me down for the opener, and the second goal was down to individual errors from several players.”

After a strong opening few games of the new campaign for Allinson’s side, the highlight of which was a 6-0 thrashing of Hemel Hempstead Town, Boreham Wood were uncharacteristically slow out of the traps as they found themselves a goal down after just four minutes of the contest.

Max Worsfold ran at the visitors’ defence and smashed home his effort from 25 yards past goalkeeper James Russell for the opener.

Barely 60 seconds later, Boreham Wood were firmly on the back foot when they conceded a second. Louie Theophanous evaded two challenges before slipping in Calum Willock who had the easiest of tasks from close range to score.

The visitors responded fairly brightly to going 2-0 down and forced a succession of corner kicks.

It was this sustained pressure that finally paid dividends as Austin Lipman’s delivery was headed home by Callum Reynolds on 31 minutes to reduce the arrears.

That goal seemed to give Wood a lift and the side nearly forced the equaliser as Reynolds, again in the thick of the action, forced a smart save from Staines Town goalkeeper Jack Turner.

Marcus Gayle’s Staines side had the last say in the first half, albeit Russell was more than a match this time around saving Willock’s effort comfortably.

Both sides began the second period positively, although it didn’t quite live up to the standard the first half had set.

Boreham Wood almost levelled when on loan Luton Town forward Lee Angol created something from nothing, robbing the goalkeeper Turner – although his effort was always heading wide.

Allinson then threw on pacy attacker Matty Whichelow and his mazy run brought about a free-kick after he was upended by Staines defender Chris M’Boungou.

Former Watford academy player Ryan Hope let fly from the resulting free-kick which Turner had to scamper across to deal with, but it was at a comfortable height for him to save.

Wood went close when Angol, again causing problems for the Staines back-line, crossed into the area.

The ball appeared to strike the hand of ex Watford defender Jerel Ifil, but both the referee and his assistant were unmoved, despite strong claims from the visitors.

With the game drawing to its conclusion, Boreham Wood were left with one more opportunity to snatch a point but Whichelow’s effort struck the post after he was neatly set up by Ricky Shakes.

Boreham Wood face a tough test on Saturday in the Conference South when they host promotion contenders Bromley.

In other news, Wood have expanded their academy by opening a second site at Old Elizabethans Cricket Club.

Wood chairman Danny Hunter told the club website: “We were looking for a training location within a reasonable distance from the club and I wanted local partners.

“Our PASE Academy is still evolving and as such I needed a facility and college partner who would welcome our club, our students and our staff, who would embrace our academy’s ‘inclusion for all’ policy.

“That was key and will allow us to grow steadily during 2014/15 and again going forward.”

Hunter added: “With that in mind I first met with David Byrne, the principal at Barnet and Southgate, to discuss my plans.

“I then met with Peter Goring who heads things up at OE’s a number of times and together we found that all parties shared many of the same goals.

“With so much common already ground agreed, I am thrilled to make this exciting announcement, as it allows our student recruitment to be truly diverse with all courses possible.

“I look forward to working closely with Barnet and Southgate College and Old Elizabethans management and staff over the next three years.”

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