Boreham Wood fell to a 4-0 defeat at home, as Hartlepool United left Meadow Park with all three points.

The first half was arguably fought evenly between the two sides despite the 1-0 score-line favouring the away side, thanks to Nicke Kabamba’s opener.

However, a brace from Josh Hawkes and a second for Kabamba took the game away from Luke Garrard’s men.

The Wood manager made a number of changes to the side and switched to a 4-3-3 formation, with Sean Shields and Sorba Thomas sitting either side of new signing Ralston Gabriel.

Pools started the quickest of the two teams and forced ‘Keeper Ryan Huddart to punch the ball away for a corner under pressure.

It took just seven minutes of action for Hartlepool to break the deadlock, when Danny Amos floated in an inch perfect ball, which met the head of the in-form Kabamba, who was able to nod it past Huddart.

Boreham Wood enjoyed a number of chances as the half wore on, which on another day, may have impacted the score-line.

Idris Kanu done well in the middle of the park to get away from his man as he played the ball out to the lively Sean Shields. The on-loan winger played the ball across the face of goal, but Thomas was unable to turn it home. The referee eventually called it back for offside.

From an out-swinging corner, Jamal Fyfield saw his looping header frustratingly crash against the crossbar.

Kanu again worked well with Shields down the left and he floated an inviting ball into the box, but Thomas connected with it poorly and saw the chance go begging.

Hartlepool were not without their opportunities in the first half and Kabamba continued to be the danger man up front, nodding another shot just wide of goal.

The prolific Liam Noble also found himself in a lot of space, but the midfielder, who already has 12 goals this season, could only hit it way over the bar.

Femi Ilesanmi found himself high up the pitch and crossed the ball in towards Thomas, but the flight of the ball wasn’t kind to him and he could only strike it wide.

In the second half, Pools started fastest again, and left-back Amos hit the post, although Huddart appeared to have it covered.

Hartlepool United benefited once more from their quick tempo in the opening few minutes, as Hawkes was found in acres of space and hit the ball home for Pools’ second, from range.

Shortly after, the Wood conceded a penalty through Manny Parry, after he had taken down Luke James in the area. The spot kick was coolly converted by Hawkes for his second of the game, and the Pools’ third.

With the score in Hartlepool’s favour, Boreham Wood continued to fight and even got the ball in the back of the net via Kieran Murtagh, but it was ruled offside.

Kabamba netted his second, and the Pools’ fourth, with less than two minutes remaining. The former Portsmouth man controlled a low cross into the box, before striking it between the Wood defenders and past Huddart.

The Wood: Huddart, Ilesanmi, Ricketts, Parry, Champion, Murtagh, Kanu, Fyfield, Thomas, Gabriel (Shakes 68’), Shields (Ash 59’)

 Subs Not Used: Burbidge, Woodards, Ugwu

 Hartlepool United: Loach, Kioso, Noble (Kitching 86’), Anderson, Hawkes (Hawkins 72’), Donaldson, Featherstone, Cunningham, Amos, Kabamba, James (Muir 89’)

 Subs Not Used: Richardson, Miller

 Attendance: 679 (199 away)

Goals:

Hartlepool United: Kabamba 7’, 88’ and Hawkes 50’, 57’ pen

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