Eastbourne Borough fought bravely at Meadow Park, but a second half penalty by captain Mario Noto was enough to see a resurgent Boreham Wood claim a 2-1 win on a chilly Saturday afternoon.
Opening exchanges in the first half were a timid affair from both sides, with the best chance coming from Wood’s Greg Morgan who found himself in space outside the box and shot just wide of the left post.
The home side kept piling on the pressure and just a few minutes later Graeme Montgomery scored to put them first on the board, shooting past keeper Ross Worner in to the left of the next from 20 yards.
Borough garnered a much greater share of the possession for the remainder of the half. Many would of disputed that Chris Shephard should have been given a penalty after being brought down right on the line of the box, but it was a free kick instead which he shot narrowly over the post.
The Sports didn’t have to wait long for their next chance after a great long ball from James Smith found striker Elliott Charles who only required a simple strike in from inside the 6 yard box to level the score for the visitors.
After the break the Woods took the lead once again after Mario Noto got brought down just inside the box and he took the perfect penalty, slamming it in to the bottom-left corner
Three subs were brought on for Borough but apart from a couple of half-chances they couldn’t get the equaliser they desperately wanted and it was a relieved Boreham Wood that took all three points.
The main talking points came from the referee who seemed to be very leniently giving away free kicks throughout the match and Sports’ boss Tommy Widdrington said he affected the game more than the players.
“I hate talking about officials but the referee today was shocking. The man gave a foul on the 18-year-line and everyone saw that it should have been a red card for that challenge, I found it staggering that it wasn’t.
“After that he kept trying to make up for what was a horrendous error. I also couldn’t believe there was only three minutes of added time at the end, even with five substitutes and the game having stopped so much.
“He had more of a bearing on the game than anyone else and that shouldn’t happen.
“It just wasn’t our day today. Although, I am pleased with the lads, they matched the team excellently and we should of gotten more out of it. Elliott Charles performed brilliantly, that’s probably why they kept trying to bring him down!”
The loss will hurt Eastbourne Borough who looked to be back in form after the 3-2 win over Havant on New Year’s Day.
But they only sit 6 points adrift of the play-offs at 10th in the Blue Square Bet South table and there is plenty of time to rest before taking on Dorchester at home next Saturday.
Boreham Wood: Boreham Wood: Russell, Beckles, Jones, Vilhete, O’Loughlin, Reynolds, Morgan, Isaac, Norris (Riza ‘77)Noto (c) (Akurang ‘70), Montgomery
Eastbourne Borough: Worner, Johnson (Hamilton ‘76), Raymond, Uddin, Rowe (c), Watts, Adelsbury (Ibe ‘87), Smith (Lok ‘71), Gorman, Charles, Shephard