Luke Garrard hailed a professional performance which saw his Boreham Wood side crowned Herts Senior Cup champions with a 2-1 win over Royston Town on Tuesday.

A superb Angelo Balanta free-kick opened the scoring before Joe Quigley doubled the lead just moments later.

Scott Bridges reduced the deficit for Town with 10 minutes to play, but Wood held on for a win which pleased their manager greatly.

“I am happy and pleased with the way in which we played,” Garrard said. “I felt we were very professional, very organised in tough conditions and against tough opposition in Royston.

“We had to manage the game at times, but did that well and it is about winning. It keeps a good run going and keeps up that winning mentality.”

Wood were always favourites against their Northern Premier division opponents and were the better side throughout the encounter.

They were denied a bigger winning margin by a fine goalkeeping display from the Town stopper and Garrard was full of praise for the number one.

“I felt if it wasn’t for their goalkeeper we could have had a lot more goals. He was outstanding and I think he was man of the match,” he said.

“I thought he made one in the first half and two or three great saves in the second half. He comes off his line quickly, has great distribution and is one to watch “They are a good team and have good personnel, who have played at a higher level.”

With the first trophy of his management career now under his belt, Garrard’s focus turns back to Wood’s National League commitments and a play-off push.

The Gaywood Park club are fifth in the table with two games left to play this season and have a three point cushion on the chasing pack.

They face Bromley, who claimed a 3-1 win over Dagenham & Redbridge on Tuesday, in their next match and Garrard is expecting a tough test.

He does, however, have a fully fit squad to chose from ahead of Saturday’s game.

“Bromley’s tails will be up and they will believe they have an outside chance of the play-offs, so going there will be tough,” he said.

“We go with a fully fit squad, which is very pleasing and I haven’t had that in the last two or three weeks.”