Eastbourne Borough’s unbeaten record was snuffed out by a direct and physical Boreham Wood side on Monday night in North London.
A Wood opener on 4 minutes by Austin Lipman, and a wonder strike on 7 minutes by Graeme Montgomery, meant Borough always had just too much to do to grapple their way back into the game. Adam Watts struck on 12 minutes from a Simon Johnson cross but three minutes later the Sports were again facing a two goal deficit when massive striker Lee Angol muscled through.
Borough had two strong penalty claims waved aside before Richard Pacquette earned a straight red card for use of an elbow on 45 minutes, and in first half stoppage time Darren Lok was denied by a fabulous double save by home keeper James Russell.
The ten men of Eastbourne actually had the better of the game for long spells after the break, but they were exposed at the back on 76 minutes when Lipman raced through acres of space to make it 4-1.
An excellent strike by Lok - Borough’s man of the match on the night - gave brief flickering hope but it was snuffed out by a late deflected strike from Matt Whichelow for 5-2 - with the Sports by that stage reduced to nine men after James Walker came off injured with all three substitutes already used.