Cruise For Wood

Slough Town

Slough Town

Boreham Wood

Boreham Wood

Harrison (28, 90), Hart (86), Moran (65 pen)
League Attendance: 94 Unknown
Wood cruised to victory against basement side Slough Town, courtesy of the teenagers in Steve Cook's side, who collectively outshone their more experienced team members.

Two goals from 19-year-old Byron Harrison, one from 17-year-old Danny Hart and two superb assists from late substitute Joe Reynolds, 17, added to Ryan Moran's converted penalty to condemn the hapless Rebels to their 11th game without a win.

This rearranged match almost fell foul of a power supply failure, which delayed the kick-off by 45 minutes.

When proceedings eventually began, Greg Morgan enjoyed acres of space on the right in which to test the Rebels' defence. Harrison almost got on the end of one of his crosses after three minutes, with play clearing to the opposite end where Mark Bartley shot just wide from the left.

Morgan himself almost scored minutes later after Paul Armstrong provided from the left, with the teenager drilling his volley into the ground and just over the bar.

Wood lacked invention at this stage, until Tommy Williams hooked a central ball out to Armstrong on the left, whose low drive fizzed just past the far post.

With Slough struggling in every department, Harrison bagged his seventh Wood goal after 28 minutes.

Noel Imber's long clearance exposed the last defender and, with young keeper Carl Denison committed to coming off his line, the tall striker hooked home from just inside the area.

Harrison headed just over from another supply from Morgan, before Williams forced a superb full-stretch save from Denison with a 25-yard power drive.

From the resultant corner, the Rebels were again saved by Denison, who produced a point-blank save from the head of Chris Bangura, who immediately struck the crossbar with his follow up.

Slough went in at the interval positively beefed up by the fact that they were just one goal behind.

Recent budget cuts and the loss of manager Mark West has left them rooted to the foot of the table, having suffered 5-0 reverses in their previous two games.

Sensing a brief change in fortune, their quality of football was much improved after the interval, which sadly for them spurred Wood on to raise their game.

The resolve in the Slough defence was broken after 65 minutes, when they cheaply conceded a corner. Williams delivered, Moran headed goalwards and, in the ensuing desperation, Abbey Nsubuga handled, conceding a penalty which Moran blasted straight down the middle.

With four minutes remaining, two young men with a combined age of 34 - five years less than their skipper Mark Smith - combined for the goal of the game.

Reynolds executed a slide-rule pass down the left into the slipstream of Hart, who lashed home an unstoppable drive.

Harrison, who had come close to increasing his goal tally on several occasions throughout the game, did just that in the final minute. Substitute Michael Cox lifted a fine ball into danger from the right, which Reynolds knocked on for the 19-year-old, who volleyed home with unerring simplicity to round off a satisfying night.

Boreham Wood Lineup

Imber, Samuel, Moran, Williams, Smith, Gregson, Morgan (Cox 80), Harrison, Bangura, Thomas (Hart 45), Armstrong (Reynolds 80). Subs not used: Hicks, Stewart.


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