Tranmere Rovers stand between Boreham Wood and a place in the Football League after Luke Garrard’s men secured their place in the National League Play-Off Final at Wembley with a dramatic 3-2 victory at Sutton United.

Having finished fourth in the regular season and beaten AFC Fylde 2-1 on Thursday to reach today’s penultimate stage of the end-of-season qualification competiton to join champions Macclesfield Town in League 2 in August, they now face the team who finished second in the table at the national stadium on Saturday.

Given what was at stake, it was perhaps understandable that both sides adopted a cautious approach for much of the first half at Gander Green Lane, but Wood made the all-important breakthrough shortly before the interval when Angelo Balanta received a through ball and turned his man to fire home.

The visitors’ grip on the contest was tightened nine minutes after the restart when Scott Doe rose to meet a free-kick from Bruno Andrade and his header was deflected in off Ross Lafayette.

Garrard’s men were to hold firm until seven minutes from time when Tom Bolarinwa gave Sutton hope when he headed home from a free-kick.

But the advantage was to be increased to two again in the last minute of normal time when Andrade smacked the woodwork with a driven free-kick, keeper Butler was unable to recover his ground and Michael Folivi nodded into the unguarded net.

Seven minutes of injury time still afforded the home side hope though, and two minutes into time added-on Lafayette boosted their chances of turning the game on its head.

And that is almost what happened in the last of those seven minutes when keeper Grant Smith was called upon to make a superb block to deny Byron Harrison a last-gasp equaliser to send Wood to Wembley for the first time in their history.

Tranmere booked their place in the final with a 4-2 victory over Ebbsfleet United yesterday,