Match ends, Boreham Wood 1, Ebbsfleet United 2.
Boreham Wood 1-2 Ebbsfleet United
Ebbsfleet held off a brave effort from the 10 men of Boreham Wood to claim a 2-1 National League victory.
The hosts at Meadow Park were up against it from the start, with Femi Ilesanmi sent off inside three minutes for fouling Lawrie Wilson on the edge of the box to deny a goalscoring opportunity.
James Ball's long-range strike and Gozie Ugwu's unmarked header put Ebbsfleet 2-0 up with barely a quarter of an hour on the clock.
As they sought a decisive third early in the second half, John Goddard's free-kick hit the crossbar and Ugwu had a goal disallowed for handball. The striker was then booked after he appeared to catch Tom Champion with an elbow.
Despite toiling, a man short, in temperatures which led to a first-half drinks break, Wood got themselves back into the game, first hitting the frame of the goal themselves before substitute Tyrone Marsh won and converted a penalty.
But despite a series of late corners, with goalkeeper David Gregory joining the attack, it was not to be as Fleet held out.
Report supplied by PA Media.
- 3IlesanmiBooked at 2mins
- 8McDonnellSubstituted forMarshat 73'minutes
- 5ChampionBooked at 44minsSubstituted forThompsonat 67'minutes
- 6StephensBooked at 68mins
- 9TshimangaSubstituted forShaibuat 55'minutes
- 2KingBooked at 73mins
- 10GoddardSubstituted forShieldsat 85'minutes
- 9UgwuBooked at 66minsSubstituted forLawlessat 82'minutes
- 19SutherlandBooked at 21mins
- Daniel Middleton
Second Half ends, Boreham Wood 1, Ebbsfleet United 2.
Substitution, Ebbsfleet United. Sean Shields replaces John Goddard.
Substitution, Ebbsfleet United. Alex Lawless replaces Gozie Ugwu.
Goal! Boreham Wood 1, Ebbsfleet United 2. Tyrone Marsh (Boreham Wood).
Substitution, Boreham Wood. Tyrone Marsh replaces Adam McDonnell.
Jack King (Ebbsfleet United) is shown the yellow card.
David Stephens (Boreham Wood) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Substitution, Boreham Wood. Jordon Thompson replaces Tom Champion.
Substitution, Boreham Wood. Justin Shaibu replaces Kabongo Tshimanga.
Second Half begins Boreham Wood 0, Ebbsfleet United 2.
First Half ends, Boreham Wood 0, Ebbsfleet United 2.
Tom Champion (Boreham Wood) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Frankie Sutherland (Ebbsfleet United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Goal! Boreham Wood 0, Ebbsfleet United 2. Gozie Ugwu (Ebbsfleet United).
Goal! Boreham Wood 0, Ebbsfleet United 1. Jimmy Ball (Ebbsfleet United).
Femi Ilesanmi (Boreham Wood) is shown the red card.
First Half begins.
Lineups are announced and players are warming up.