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Boreham Wood have three players sent off in 2-0 loss against Truro City
3:58pm Monday 3rd September 2012 in Sport
It was another day to forget in Cornwall for Ian Allinson's men as they lost not only their unbeaten record but also their discipline in a 2-0 defeat against Truro City.
Brimming with confidence, Wood included new loan signing Mauro Vilhete in the starting lineup.
Vilhete who was influential last season while on loan at Wood, joins from Conference side Barnet for a second spell.
Also in the mix was another player who includes Barnet in his CV, striker Cliff Akurang, who at 31 brings a wealth of experience to a recently misfiring Wood forward line.
The first sight of goal fell to Wood midfielder Graeme Montgomery whose free kick tested Truro keeper Sandercombe. City then won a free kick in a similar position, this time James Russell saving well from Jake Ash.
Vilhete was proving to be inspirational on his return in Wood colours. He nearly broke the deadlock when he received a though ball from Chez Isaac and rounded a defender, but his powerful shot was turned around the post by the home goalkeeper.
From the resulting corner, Sandercombe had to be alert to save a Charlie O’Loughlin header.
Wood were in control and continued to push forward in their attempts to break the deadlock.
Again it was Vilhete who was causing all the problems for the Truro backline. First he crossed for Montgomery whose goal bound effort was deflected wide, before cutting the ball back for Elliot Buchanan who had his effort cleared of the line.
However, Borehamwood were made to pay for their missed opportunities when Truro took a surprise lead in the 28th minute.
Omer Riza lost possession in attack and a slip by Luke Garrard allowed Adam Kelly to feed Stuart Yetton. He made no mistake when left with only Russell to beat, calmly slotting past the exposed goalkeeper.
Wood continued to attack with Riza seeing his cross come shot cleared of the line.
In the 42nd minute, three red cards were shown as both sets of players clashed after a strong challenge by Nunn.
Nunn was sent off for the tackle that sparked the controversy, with wood defender O’Loughlin joining him for his part in the brawl. Truro also had Ash dismissed for a second yellow card.
A stunned Wood came out for the second half with the only change seeing Buchanan replaced by Akurang. He slotted in next to Callum Reynolds in a back four, leaving three midfielders and Riza as the lone striker.
The nine men fared well against the ten men with Vilhete and Riza combining well allowing Riza a shot which went straight at Sandercombe.
Riza then missed a guilt edged chance for an equalizer when he fired wide from eight yards. Jones' cross was misread by Hodges and Riza was left unmarked with only Sandercombe to beat, but couldn’t test the keeper.
Truro were causing Wood problems with the extra man advantage and used the extra space well. They increased their lead after 55 minutes when Ben Williams headed beyond Russell from a corner.
Les Afful then had the chance to extend the lead when he broke through the Wood defence, but could only fire wide of the target.
Wood continued in vain to search for a way back, until a moment of pure stupidity left the Wood management with even more questions to answer.
Already short of two defenders for three matches, Garrard lost his cool kicking out at a Truro player in an off the ball incident. This resulted in another straight red card.
Wood manager Ian Allinson said: “Two individuals have let us down badly this afternoon with their poor reactions. We will miss three key defenders for three matches including our first F A Cup tie, which is of our own making and that is disappointing.
"We were competing well even after going a goal down and for the first twenty five minutes of the second half even with nine men we had chances to equalise.
"The second goal we gave away cheaply and that left us with a mountain to climb. I would like to heap praise on the players that remained on the pitch for me, they did not let me down. We will dust ourselves down and be up and ready to go again on Monday night against Sutton United.”