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Wood Maintain Three-Point Lead

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Boreham Wood remain three points clear at the top of the Vanarama Conference South table following Boxing Day`s round of results.

Wood pushed Bishop`s Stortford closer towards the drop zone after a 2-0 win at Meadow Park.

Lee Angol gave Ian Allinson`s side the breakthrough 10 minutes into the second half.

And the same player doubled the home side`s lead with 10 minutes of the match remaining.

Bromley remain in second spot after a comprehensive 4-1 success at the Aspect Arena against Concord Rangers.

But the visitors had to come back from being an early goal down when Joe Gardner put the Beachboys in front after just 6 minutes.

But crucially Louis Dennis equalised just before half-time and the Ravens maintained the momentum by going ahead 6 minutes after the break through Jamie Slabber.

Dennis added his second and Bromley`s third on 66 minutes and Danny Waldren made it 4-1 with 12 minutes to go.

Whitehawk are third after beating fellow play-off hopefuls Eastbourne Borough 2-0 at the Enclosed Ground.

Jake Robinson gave the Hawks the lead after just 9 minutes.

But they weren`t able to relax until a minute from the end of the game when Sam Deering doubled their advantage from the penalty spot.

Ebbsfleet United remain fourth after a 5-1 hammering of Chelmsford City at Melbourne Stadium in front of a crowd of 779.

Former Claret Kenny Clark powered home a header after just 10 minutes following a corner kick routine to give Jamie Day`s side the lead before Billy Bricknell tucked away a penalty after some tugging in the area on 36 minutes.

City debutant Jaanai Gordon then halved the deficit 6 minutes before the interval, but Fleet skipper Daryl McMahon curled home an outstanding free-kick to restore their two-goal advantage 9 minutes after the restart.

And, in an attempt to gain at least a point from the festive encounter, City were caught out with too many men up the pitch. Keeper Bradley Watkins let a ball slip and was caught out when Sean Shields lofted a ball into the empty net behind him to make it 4-1 with 20 minutes to go.

Bricknell then added a fifth 5 minutes later, as the Clarets’ three-game unbeaten home run came to an abrupt end.

Sixth-placed Havant & Waterlooville pulled level on points with fifth-placed neighbours Gosport Borough after the Hawks won by the odd goal in five at Westleigh Park.

Matt Paterson gave Boro a 13th minute lead in another feisty derby between two sides who meet again on New Year`s Day.

Ben Wright equalised after 35 minutes, only for Justin Bennett to restore the visitors` advantage 10 minutes into the second half.

But Wright`s second came just 3 minutes later to restore parity and Nic Ciardini won it for the Hawks with 8 minutes left to play.

Basingstoke Town are just a point behind in seventh after a 2-1 Camrose victory over bottom-markers Staines Town.

Louie Soares put the home side in front after only 8 minutes.

David Ray added a second right on the stroke of half-time.

Substitute Romone Rose reduced the arrears with 14 minutes to go, but the Swans were unable to find a leveller and Marcus Gayle`s side now find themselves eight points adrift of the safety mark.

Surprise strugglers Sutton United earned a useful point from a 1-1 draw at Grosvenor Vale against Wealdstone, whose Matt Ball – on as a first half sub – grabbed an equaliser in injury-time after Dan Wishart had given the U`s a 38th minute lead.

Maidenhead United leap-frogged Hayes & Yeading United in mid-table after a 2-0 York Road win against their tenants.

Danny Green bagged a brace for the Magpies in the 72nd and 75th minutes, with Hayes & Yeading being reduced to ten-men shortly afterwards with the dismissal of sub Dylan Kearney.

Two Hertfordshire teams still harbouring hopes of mounting play-off challenges, St Albans City and Hemel Hempstead Town, met at Clarence Park in front of the day`s biggest crowd of 1,132.

It looked as though John Frendo`s 32nd minute opener for the Saints was going to be enough, until Jordan Parkes popped up with an 89th minute equaliser for the Tudors.


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