Barnet loan signing scores twice as Barnet beat Havant & Waterlooville

Two early goals from loan forward Mauro Vilhete set the scene for Boreham Wood’s impressive 4-2 victory at Havant & Waterlooville in the Blue Square Bet South.

Wood included another new signing in their starting line-up. Making his first-team debut for the club was 24- year-old wing-forward/midfielder Graeme Montgomery, who joined from Eastleigh.

Wood stormed into an early third-minute lead when David Bryant made ground on the left and crossed to unmarked Barnet loanee Vilhete, who made no mistake with his shot from close range.

A rare attack from Havant saw Steve Ramsey’s shot easily saved by Elvijs Putnins, before play again switched to the other end and an inch-perfect cross from the dangerous Montgomery found Bryant at the far post, but his shot was saved by Lyall Beazely.

Wood completely controlled the game throughout much of the first half, but Havant managed to equalise after 33 minutes when Ollie Palmer got the better of Daniel Brathwaite and crossed the ball to Scott Jones, who made no mistake with a shot from close range.

However, it didn’t take Wood long to regain their lead as three minutes later Montgomery surged forward and unleashed a tremendous shot at goal, which Beazely somehow managed to save, but the loose ball fell nicely for Vilhete to convert.

Soon after a Montgomery shot just cleared the crossbar after a good cross from Omer Riza set the debutant up.

Wood kept the pressure on their opponents and the home side fell further behind two minutes before half-time.

A Mario Noto corner kick beat goalkeeper Beazely at the near post, and deflected into the net, for a 3-1 advantage at the interval.

In an effort to get back into the game, Havant replaced both full-backs with midfield players at the start of the second half. Their performance improved but Wood were in unstoppable form and continued to dominate.

Havant did manage to score a second goal after 53 minutes when Ramsey fired a fierce shot past Putnins from the edge of the penalty area.

Wood quickly retaliated and nine minutes later skipper Noto put the result beyond doubt when a clumsy challenge by Havant defender Chris Holland on Riza in the penalty area ended with Noto successfully converting the resulting spot-kick.

Havant kept battling until the final whistle but they were a well beaten side and Wood, having taken seven points from three away games in a week, are looking like a team capable of progressing higher up the table.

Boreham Wood: Putnins, Sankofa, Brathwaite, Garrard, O'Loughlin, Beckles, Noto, Vilhete (Yala 76), Bryant, Riza (Lobjoit 90), Montgomery (Hutton 90). Not used: Lechmere and Jordan.

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