Steve Cooks up a treat

STEVE Cook brought his champions-elect Boreham Wood to Arlesey Town s Hitchin Road on Tuesday night. The former Baldock, St Albans and Stotfold boss, who also enjoyed a brief spell with the Blues, went away with three more points in the locker from a 2-0

STEVE Cook brought his champions-elect Boreham Wood to Arlesey Town's Hitchin Road on Tuesday night.

The former Baldock, St Albans and Stotfold boss, who also enjoyed a brief spell with the Blues, went away with three more points in the locker from a 2-0 win.

They were not given an easy ride by a Blues side looking to put an awful defeat on Saturday behind them.

Wood were reduced to just a few clear chances and awarded a dubious penalty that put the contest beyond Arlesey's reach.

A decent Blues performance was spoiled as they lacked a killer touch in front of goal.

An excellent chance fell to new boy Michael McKenzie when Stuart Beevor took a quick free-kick but unfortunately his shot glided wide.

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Disaster struck on 39 minutes as hesitation from Nick Bussey allowed Wood through and a neat square ball found Michael Black to complete the simplest of finishes.

The league leaders threatened on the restart as Cooper's cracking shot had Bussey beating the ball away.

A plethora of last-ditch tackles prevented Wood from extending their lead.

The decisive moment of the night came on 72 minutes when a stumble in the penalty area was declared as a spot-kick by an assistant referee although the ref already waved play on. It was duly converted by Leon Archer.

Arlesey moved forward quickly from the kick off and Paul Bloss was unlucky not to score when his shot bounced agonisingly wide.

Bussey was quickly off his line to foil Waters while a tame Lee Tekell header and a wicked corner that should have been converted was all the home side could muster.

Blues: Bussey, Fehmi, Bloss, Hatchett, Hay, Cox, Beevor, Gregson, Foster, McKenzie, Tekell.

* There was penalty shoot-out heartache for Langford in the North Beds Charity Cup semi-final.

Rob Groves, two goals from Lee Allinson and Marc Holmes ensured the Reds shared eight goals at home to Wootton in the first 90 minutes.

There was no more scoring in the extra half hour before Wootton ran out 4-2 winners on penalties.