DARREN LOK reverted to the role he does best as he came off the bench to score the goal that secured all three points at Priory Lane on Saturday.
A magnificent angled edge-of-the-area drive into the far corner of the net sent Boreham Wood home empty-handed and left Tommy Widdrington’s men just a point shy of the play-off places.
Lok was often on the goalsheet as an impact player last season but has proved less prolific in a starting role and this was only his fourth goal this term.
But while Lok stole the match-winning glory, it might have been a different story but for two amazing saves from Craig Ross who celebrated his call-up for an FA XI with a faultless display and deserved clean sheet.
In fact the whole Borough team deserve credit for their fighting spirit that enabled them to come out on top despite losing Gary Hart with tonsillitis before the game and Chris Shephard with a calf injury after 36 minutes.
It was a pulsating battle with both sides enjoying periods of supremacy. Borough gave a starting debut to former Birmingham midfielder Jack Deaman who looked more impressive as the game progressed while Ian Simpemba and Lewis Tallack were both outstanding at the back.
Borough might have taken the lead in the 17th minute when Matt Aldred chased a long ball from Simon Johnson from inside his own half, but he was denied by the pace of keeper James Russell who dashed 30 yards out of his goal to clear the danger.
Home hearts missed a beat when referee Mr. C. Fitch pointed to the penalty spot after David Moli went down in the area following a challenge from Simpemba. But the official changed his mind after words with his assistant. and awarded Borough a free-kick. It was a decision which sparked a major row in the tunnel as the teams went in a half-time with the assistant feeling the full force of Boreham Wood boss Ian Allinson’s tongue.
As half-time approached, Luke Garrard’s volley looked destined for the top corner of the net, but Ross performed wonders to finger-tip the ball clear for a corner.
Boreham Wood, who took Carlisle to a replay in the FA Cup, came out in the second half meaning business. Ross made another great save to deny Ben Nunn and Sam Cox shot over from 12 yards.
However, Lok’s introduction for Tony Garrod gave the hosts more attacking bite and he was joined up front by Simpemba with Ollie Rowe making a rare appearance to take Simpemba’s place in central defence.
The move paid off handsomely as Lok broke the deadlock, controlling the ball brilliantly and, despite being surrounded by defenders, turning on a sixpence and firing home with deadly accuracy.
While home fans feared a Boreham Wood equaliser, Borough could easily have had another two or three goals as they broke rapidly with Lok missing by inches with another angled effort and then failing by a whisker to reach Deaman’s low cross.
But at the end of the day Lok’s strike was sufficient to secure the points and leave Borough in an extremely challenging position in a very open Skrill South table.
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