Wood’s appalling run of form continued on Tuesday evening at Sutton United’s Gander Green Lane as a lacklustre performance condemned Luke Garrard’s side to yet another defeat by the odd goal.

The gaffer made just one change to his side with Jai Reason coming in for Angelo Balanta who dropped to the bench.

Craig Eastmond almost got the home side off to the perfect start. Having picked the ball up after a great pass from Roarie Deacon his strike, which would have really tested Grant Smith, was superbly blocked by David Stephens.

The traffic was only one way and Smith was a very busy man in the opening 15 minutes saving well from Deacon, Nicky Bailey and Eastmond. If Sutton had been two goals to the good at this point no-one could have complained.

Wood tried to get into the game despite never really being able to settle themselves. On the break Reason broke through the centre of the pitch with Anthony Jeffrey to his left and Bruno Andrade to his right. He opted to go left but the ball to Jeffrey sent him wide of the goal forcing a shot from an acute angle that failed to test Will Puddy.

Then came the opening goal of the game when Stephens battled for the ball in the air with Bailey and unfortunately for the Wood defender his header rebounded of the back of Bailey’s head. It fell nicely into the path of Max Biamou who raced onto the ball and calmly slotted past Smith.

Deacon showed why many Football League clubs are looking at him when a sublime bit of skill on the edge of the Wood box allowed him to square the ball for Eastmond who tried too hard putting it out of the ground.

On the stroke of half time Wood were given a gift they failed to take. Simon Downer was dithering on the edge of the box, which Andrade took full advantage of but with just the keeper to beat he saw his effort saved by Puddy.

Sutton again came out quicker, sharper and hungrier than Garrard’s men in the second half and Deacon tested Smith early on. Jack Jebb and Max Spence then combined well with the former creating space and shooting straight at Smith.

A quick Wood throw out on the right by substitute Ben Nunn found Jason Williams. The powerful front man held off his man and managed to get a cross into the box which Andrade met but Jamie Collins did well to block the initial shot and clear the danger.

Adam Coombes, a recent signing from Welling United, carved a chance out for himself on the edge of the Wood box, but his effort went just wide.

Sutton should have doubled their lead when a clever short corner saw Deacon deliver the ball to the back post and from 5 yards out Kevin Amankwaah headed wide.

Late on a cross from Femi Ilesanmi found substitute Balanta in the box but his header skied over the bar.

The referee added 5 minutes of time at the end of the 90 but Wood were unable to muster any kind of half chance and you now have to look back to Torquay United away, the last time Garrard’s men took 3 points in the league.




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