Boreham Wood, St Albans and Hemel Hempstead all went into the final day of the regular season with plenty at stake. We report below how they got on:
Boreham Wood have secured a historic second season in the National League after resounding 3-0 win at already relegated Welling United on the final day.
Wood, under the stewardship of the rookie manager Luke Garrard, went to Park View Road knowing, after back-to-back wins against Aldershot Town and Guiseley, three points would make them safe regardless of what the sides below them managed.
Boreham Wood hadn’t won successive games until they eked out a 1-0 success against Guiseley last weekend but, with the pressure seemingly at its highest, they repeated the trick. Kevin Lokko’s own goal had Wood in front before Luke Howell added a second in the 41st minute. Clovis Kamdjo, the Forest Green Rovers loan midfielder, finished the Wings off with a third just after the hour mark. Wood will now play in the National League for just the second season in the club’s 68-year history.
St Albans City found an unlikely hero as they completed the great escape by crushing Dartford 4-0 to secure their National League South status for a third consecutive season.
Ian Allinson, the former Boreham Wood boss, brought full-back-cum-midfielder James Kaloczi back to Clarence Park in March after he left the Saints to join Southern League Premier Division outfit Dunstable Town last season. However, the decision to re-sign the versatile Kaloczi paid off as he scored twice. When Allinson took over from the caretaker Harry Wheeler in February, the Saints were bottom of the division having accumulated just 22 points. Sixteen games later and City have added a further 26 points to finish 18th, two points clear of the drop. Kaloczi settled the nerves with a 17th-minute header. An own goal six minutes after the restart gave the Saints breathing space before Louie Theophanous added a third. Kaloczi bagged his second five minutes from time to get the party started in front of a crowd of 1,310.
It was a more sombre affair at Vauxhall Road where Hemel Hempstead Town came up short in what their manager described as “the biggest match in the club’s history”. Dean Brennan, the manager, had been bullish in the build-up but was left deflated as Whitehawk secured the final National League South playoff spot with a 3-0 win.
A suspiciously offside-looking Dave Martin – formerly of Millwall and Derby County – put the Hawks in front, punishing the Tudors for their profligacy in front of goal. Danny Mills, not to be confused with the former England and Leeds United full-back, lashed home a second minutes before half-time. The contest was over after 65 minutes when Martin grabbed his second. Hemel finish sixth, an improvement of three places on last term.