Boreham Wood ease to Arlesey Town win

Boreham Wood boss Ian Allinson

Boreham Wood boss Ian Allinson

First published in Sport

Goals from Ben Nunn, Graeme Montgomery and David Hutton were enough to give Boreham Wood a 3-1 win at Arlesey Town in their final pre-season encounter.

A fine move involving Omer Riza, Chez Isaac and Montgomery who found Nunn on the overlap almost led to the opener.

Nunn went for goal from a tight angle with players queueing up in the box shooting just over.

This proved to be a marker for the recent signing from Chelmsford City who opened the scoring in fine fashion after 23 minutes.

Inih Effiong chested down for Isaac who played Montgomery through down the right. He played it into the path of the advancing Nunn who masterfully hit a low drive from 30 yards which Nathan Abbey in the Town goal failed to get down to.

David Galbraith finally gave James Russell some practice five minutes later recording Town's first on target effort.

Montgomery went close as Wood continued to pepper the Town defence, with the giant Ryan Frater by far the best Town player on show holding the defence together.

He himself then almost snatched an equaliser from a Phil Draycott free kick, he was left alone by the Wood defence, his header coming back into play off the right hand post.

Montgomery then served up one of his specialities in first half stoppage time.

Effiong's header bounced kindly allowing the ex Eastleigh player to send a superb lob over Abbey from 25 yards out, giving the keeper no chance.

The second half continued in the same vein. Nunn's telling ball down the right played Riza through on goal. It needed a timely intervention from Draycott who snubbed out a certain third for Wood.

Wood increased their lead thanks to a visionary upfield clearance from Elliott Buchanan for Riza to chase. He manage to cut the ball back towards goal where Hutton was on hand to apply the finishing touch sending the ball beyond Abbey into the bottom left hand corner.

Riza and Hutton combined again a minute later, this time Abbey produced a fingertip save.

Wood continued to work hard for their victory and when substitute Lee Close crossed from the right for fellow sub Harvey Scott-Morris but the shot was weak and Abbey atoned to smother the point blank effort.

Town to their credit kept battling and another substitute combination led to a consolation goal. Aston Goss crossed from the right, Cameron Baker-Owers stayed on his line and Kim Forsyth headed home in the final minute.

Wood manager Ian Allinson said: “ We played very well today and this was a good confidence booster going into the season. We could have scored a lot more given our dominance.

"It has been a hard six weeks and thankfully we will be injury free going into the Eastleigh game. The fixtures have served up a mouth watering opener given that Eastleigh are the bookies title favourites and we are relishing the challenge.”
 

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