Boreham Wood ran away 2-4 winners against Hemel Hempstead Town as they looked to put the disappointment of Saturday’s 0-2 defeat to Luton Town behind them.

Two goals in the opening two minutes from Angelo Balanta and Kane Smith put the Wood on the front foot, before Keiran Murtagh and Bradley Ash doubled the away side’s tally.

 James Kaloczi and a trialist pulled goals back for Hemel, but it proved too little to drag the side back into the match.

The Wood got off to an excellent start when just a minute into the match, Bruno Andrade’s long throw fell to Balanta, the winger let it run across his body before lashing it into the top corner with a first time volley.

Luke Garrard’s side were hungry for more and 60 seconds later had doubled their lead, goalscorer turned provider Balanta whipped a cross into the back post that was met by the foot of Smith to tap the ball into an empty net.

Bradley Ash was putting on his usual industrious performance, the forward chased down and won a Hemel clearance, he sent the ball to Andrade but the wingers strike whistled inches wide of the post.

The National League outfit were really hitting their stride, Andrade looped a cross into the penalty area, before a Hemel clearance only went as far as Murtagh and the midfielder rifled it into the bottom corner.

Paul Benson was next to try his luck, he bustled his way into the box, before forcing Laurie Walker into a fine save.

Hemel pulled one back just before the break; Andrade gave away a foul, and the resulting free-kick was met by the head of James Kaloczi, the attacker beat Tom Champion in the air to pull a goal back for the home side.

Wood returned brightly in the second period and a fine solo effort from Bradley Ash nearly got the away side a fourth. The forward had run the length of the Hemel half before striking at Walker, but the stopper made a smart save at his near post

Ash did get the rewards for his hard work shortly after, a deep cross from Andrade found Benson at the far post. Benson cushioned a header into the path of Ash who met the ball on the half Volley, giving Walker no chance in the Hemel goal.

Hemel got their second of the game after a mix up between Grant Smith and Ryan Johnson allowed one of the Hemel trialists, to sneak the ball into the net from the six-yard box.

Wood XI: G Smith (GK), K Smith, Johnson, Ricketts, Champion, Stephens, Ash, Murtagh, Benson, Balanta, Andrade

Subs: Gordon, Jeffers Woodards, Shakes, Sach, Keita, Borkurt (GK)

Hemel Hempstead XI: Walker (GK), Driver, Connolly, Kaloczi, Hamblin, Yakubu, Mcnamara, Miles, Spring, Sheringham, Greenhalgh

Subs: Trialist, Trialist, Asafu-Adjaye, Parkes, May, Trialist


Wood: Balanta, Smith, Murtagh, Ash

Hemel Hempstead: Kaloczi, Trialist


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