Luke Garrard has signed a new contract to remain as Boreham Wood manager until the end of the 2019/20 season.

The extended deal was announced after Wood moved back into the National League play-off places with a professional 2-0 defeat of Eastleigh at Ten Acres, keeping their quest for promotion to Football League on track.

Garrard, who has been at the managerial helm since October 2015, told the club website: “I have obviously spoken to the chairman at length about it and while my contract wasn’t up until next year, he has extended it further. That shows a belief in me and a belief in what we are doing as a club, so yes, I am very happy.

“Now probably is our most successful period as a club, for example, beating Blackpool in the FA Cup first round proper this year was an achievement and creating history was massive.

“Moving forward, in terms of sitting sixth currently, with 14 games left, we have put ourselves in a good position. But, we can’t rest on our laurels, we have to continue doing the hard work and collectively trying to strive on, and then, who knows?”

Chairman Danny Hunter said: “The extension of Luke’s deal was a very easy decision and took us about two minutes to sort out. It is reward for the job he is doing and as usual it was completed with a hug and a handshake.”

It took Wood until the second half on Saturday to break the Eastleigh resistance as Morgan Ferrier opened the scoring with 58 minutes to play and Bruno Andrade made it two soon after.

Ferrier had been introduced with just seven minutes of the second half played, and Garrard’s decision soon provided a return of the opening goal.

The former Dagenham & Redbridge striker took his goal in clinical fashion as he took the ball down, skipped past his marker and fired across the target to make it 1-0.

From there Wood were in complete control and the second goal didn’t take long in arriving when Andrade was dragged down by Ryan Cresswell to earn a penalty.

The Wood man picked himself up and calmly fired into the bottom corner to make it 2-0 and give his side some much-coveted breathing space.