Boreham Wood’s FA trophy campaign came to an end on Saturday as they fell to a 2-1 defeat against Gateshead at Meadow Park.

The Wood would have been confident of getting a result against a side 12 places below them in the National League table, but conceded twice in the last 20 minutes to surrender a 1-0 lead and crash out.

Both sides started the game at a pace which suggested chances would arrive at regular intervals.

It was, therefore, little surprise when he opening goal arrived with 20 minutes on the clock as Luke Garrard’s side produced a well-worked team move to break down Gateshead.

Bruno Andrade darted away down the left and skipped past his marker before pulling the ball back to Joe Quigley.

His finish left no room for doubt as he smashed the ball beyond the helpless Dan Hanford.

Wood kept their high tempo up for the remainder of the the half and could easily have doubled their lead when Quigley caught the ball in the half-volley, but his effort from 18 yards flew over.

Jordan Burrow then missed a great chance to level when heading wide from Jordan Preston’s cross and the two sides continued to exchange chances.

Wood looked to be edging towards victory and a place in the fourth round but two goals in the space of seven minutes saw Gateshead complete a quick-fire turnaround.

Their first came through the individual inspiration of Paddy McLaughlin as he cut in from the wing and fired past Grant Smith from the edge of the box.

If the visitor’s first was a beauty their second was a beast and owed much to a mix-up in the Wood box.

Luke Hannant was quickest to react to a loose ball in the box and was rewarded with the simple task of tapping into an empty net.

The closing stages saw Wood throw caution to the wind as they launched a string of attacks, but they couldn’t find an elusive leveller before the full-time whistle.

Wood will be looking to return to winning ways then they take on Dover Athletic in the National League tomorrow.

Both sides are in pursuit of a play-off spot this season and Wood arrive at the Crabble Athletic Ground two points and one place above their opponents in the table. Victory could take Wood up to third.