Boreham Wood 2 Wealdstone 0
Wealdstone cannot afford a third successive Ryman Premier League defeat at Carshalton Athletic on Saturday if they are to keep their fading play-off hopes alive.
That is the verdict of manager Gordon Bartlett after Tuesday's defeat where two second half goals killed off Stones' lacklustre challenge.
"We were very ineffective and looked flat for the second game running," he said. "It certainly was not a pretty game to watch. The lads looked great in the warm up but, for whatever reason, they are not sharp when out on the pitch."
Doubts are starting to creep in as to whether Wealdstone can push on for a play-off place. Another loss this weekend could shut that door in their faces.
"We'll hopefully bounce back on Saturday," said Bartlett.
"This result is a reality check to all those people that have been talking about us and the play-offs."
Stones, who welcomed Callum Martin back into the fold on the bench, started brightly with Danny Spendlove and Ryan Ashe looking particularly lively.
However, the untried front pairing of Davis Haule and Ian Hilaire looked somewhat disjointed as the Wood defence mopped up any long balls to them with ease.
Hilaire soon made way for Martin and, just when it looked like the game was heading for a stalemate, former Northwood striker Sean Sonner nipped in to fire a loose ball past Sean Thomas with 15 minutes left.
Chris O'Leary then conceded a penalty and Wes Daly managed to do what three previous penalty takers had failed to do against Thomas - convert his spot kick.
**Wealdstone: Thomas, McCoy, Chappell, Gray, Massey, Ashe, Forbes, O'Leary, Haule, Hilaire, Spendlove.