Wood Fail To Score Hit Against Top Ten.
The Skrill South.
Bromley 2 Boreham Wood 1
by John Mead.
The League Leaders were forced to play sixty five minutes of the game with ten men after Club Captain Rob Swaine’s dismissal. At that stage they were already two goals to the good and they went on to frustrate Wood with a stoic display that typified their pole position.
The sending off completely changed the flow of the game. The second half was one way traffic but Wood were left to rue the miss of the season after 47 minutes, before running into a brick wall time and time again, with the home sides depleted defence outfoxing the visitors.
A positive start from Wood was laid to rest when they were guilty of playing too high up the pitch. Ali Fuseini spotted the error playing a central ball for the leading goalscorer Bradley Goldberg and son of manager Mark, out to the left channel. He timed not only his run but his shot to perfection, waiting for the moment to finish low across James Russell.
Six minutes later Wood went to sleep from a right sided corner. The cross found Swaine who stuck out a leg sending the ball back into danger. With three defenders surrounding the ball unable to stamp their authority on the situation Pierre Joseph-Dubois pounced turning to poke home a shot through a seas of players beyond the unsighted Russell. The two leading marksmen adding to their ominous tally’s which now stand at seventeen and eleven respectively.
Swaine had a torrid time getting into his stride. His first card after ten minutes came when the lively Junior Morias turned the tall defender who hauled him to the ground. He was then outdone by Kudos Oyenuga bursting past the defender who could only clip his heels to end the goal bound run and his further involvement in the game.
Goldberg Senior opted to leave two up front in an attempt to defend the two goal lead and with his sides confidence in full flourish after their recent mini blip in results it was a plan that worked.
Mario Noto shot straight at Welch, before Oyenuga performed miracles beating three defenders from the corner flag laying up for Noto whose response was poor.
Mark Jones did well to thwart Goldberg, then Russell smothered a Fuseini effort with Wood still forced to defend against the ten men.
Wood’s best effort of the half was an Oyenuga shot that hit the post with Morias supplying the ammo from the right.
It was an entirely different game after the interval with Wood in command of proceedings. They should have scored just two minutes after the restart. Graeme Montgomery executed a curling free kick that bounced in the area running for Callum Reynolds at the far post. With Welch out of position and the goal gaping he somehow skied his shot from three yards out, a contender for a possible future You Tube favourite.
A fine ball from Jones picked out Oyenuga on the right and his cross come shot flashed just wide of the left hand post with Welch left scrambling. Wood continued to pepper the Bromley defence when Oyenuga set up Morias whose step over allowed Luke Garrard a shot that was blocked by a defender. Montgomery then saw his shot blocked by May, whilst Noto shot straight at Welch after good work from Montgomery.
Greg Morgan replaced Jones who was forced out of the tie through injury and was twice was on hand to mop up when the home side looked to counter attack.
Sam Cox then shot straight at Welch when well placed before the Bromley defence finally crumbled with twenty minutes remaining. Morias provided the supply for Garrard who stroked home a first time effort into the bottom corner of the net.
However Wood were lucky to stay at 2-1 when Albert Jarrett shot across goal finding Goldberg who saw his cut back cleared off the line by a defender.
Wood continued to supply cross after cross but found the Ravens defence in fine form. The introduction of Ashley Nicholls served to bolster the home side with time running out for Ian Allinson’s men.
With two minutes remaining Matty Whichelow hit an effort that took Welch by surprise yet was inches from the right hand post.
The final whistle sparked victory celebrations from the home support in self realisation that their side had most definitely earned it in the face of adversity.
For Allinson it was, “ A game that we thought we could get something from even before the sending off. Callum’s miss was for me the turning point. We did not defend well for either goal, but my players all put a good shift in. I can take a lot of positives from the game save for our lack of cutting edge in the box. It is not a disaster but it leaves us with a procession of six pointers coming up if we are to get out of the relegation fight we find ourselves in.”
Team: Russell, Nunn, Jones ( Morgan 59). Garrard ( Angol 75), O’Loughlin, Reynolds, Noto ( Whichelow 65), Cox, Morias, Oyenuga, Montgomery.
Subs not used : Brown, Courtnage.
Bookings: O’Loughlin, Nunn.
Goals: Bromley: Goldberg 12, Joseph-Dubois 18.
Boreham Wood: Garrard 70.
Man Of The Match: Sam Cox.