United came back down to Earth after their exploits against Forest Green going down to a 1-0 defeat at Plainmoor to an efficient Boreham Wood side.
Player-manager Kevin Nicholson kept the same eleven that started the game against the Green on New Year’s Day with loanee Paul Rooney keeping his place at right-back. Sam Chaney continued in his role supporting Jamie Reid in attack.
It was a day when United never got started; the pace of the game never touched the previous two and it seemed like the Gulls had a hangover that they couldn’t shake off as they struggled to create chances against a proficient Boreham Wood.
The first meaningful action of the match came when united had to clear an effort off their own goal line. Captain Courtney Richards was the one to keep the sides level when United looked close to going behind.
Apart from an effort from Chaney later on in the half, United never tested opposition ‘keeper Grant Smith. They occasionally peppered a chance either wide or straight at the Smith. In one such instance Aman Verma opted to shoot on the edge of the area when a pass to winger David Fitzpatrick may have been the better option.
It wasn’t as if United didn’t force enough corners. A succession of balls into the box in and around the 32nd minute didn’t result in any meaningful effort on goal.
The best chance of the first half the ball fell to Sam Chaney just before the half-time whistle. The ball found him on the edge of the area after a corner and his left foot strike clipped the far post and went out for a goal kick.
The first ten or so minutes of the second half were uneventful. It soon became clear that a serious error or a moment of magic would decide the game.
In the 56th minute Jamie Reid found some space inside Boreham’s box and was about to pull the trigger when he was well tackled at the last moment.
Defender Ben Gerring nearly produced once again when in the 59th minute his header from a Dan Sparkes corner nearly beat Smith. It was an acrobatic save and Gerring can count himself unlucky not have scored in successive home games.
A point would have been a decent return for United but in the 62nd minute some thought-less defending cost the Gulls. Sean McGinty’s clearance came back of Bruno Andrade and back into space where the Portuguese wide man could then take on Ben Gerring who over committed himself to a tackle that couldn’t stop Andrade from clipping the ball over Moore.
With the introduction of forwards Shaun Harrad and Brett Williams, United built up some pressure on Boreham but the side from Hertfordshire largely dealt with what the Gulls had to throw at them.
One bright moment came in the 84th minute when Williams jinked away from a marker and sent a left footed effort over the bar.
United couldn’t find and equalizer and player-manager Kevin Nicholson will be looking for an improved display from his men when the Gulls welcome Woking to Plainmoor in seven days time.