Traffic chaos on the M25 delayed kick off by half an hour at Meadow Park, but the uncertain build up didn’t affect the Eagles’ start.
Palace had plenty of the ball in the early exchanges, controlling the game in the middle of the park and winning corners, but without threatening the goal.
Jonny Williams looked sharp on the left side of a four-man midfield and the Eagles played some neat passing moves, but struggled to breakthrough a disciplined Boreham Wood backline.
A low Sorba Thomas drive was easily smothered by Vicente Guaita on 29 minutes for the home side’s first real sight of goal.
A low Nya Kirby effort nestled in the side netting, but that was it for Palace half-chances.
The second half began with the sun setting behind the treeline, making for chillier conditions. Palace maintained control in the opening minutes after the restart, with Connor Wickham causing the Boreham Wood backline problems with his speed and strength. A powerful hit from the number 21 was the Eagles’ best chance, but it zipped narrowly over the crossbar.
Wickham was replaced by James Daly on the hour mark and the young forward continued in the same vein. He ran at the home side and looked to cause them problems, before seeing a powerful header saved from close range seven minutes after his introduction.
Daly was involved in the game’s only goal, playing a neat one-two with Joel Ward down the right, setting the full-back free into space. He picked his head up and saw four Palace players racing into the box, before opting for Williams ghosting in at the backpost, where the midfielder made no mistake.
Despite a few glimpses after that, the game tailed off with Palace in control, ending 1-0.
PALACE XI: Guaita; Ward, O’Dwyer (Brown, 58), Woods, Souare; Puncheon, Kirby (McGregor, 72), Williams (Lumeka, 81), Lokilo; Kaikai (Street, 85), Wickham (Daly, 60).
Subs not used: Henry, Kelly.
Boreham Wood XI: Huddart (Burbridge, 72); Woodards, Ilesanmi, Ricketts, Parry, Stephens, Shakes, Champion, Murtagh, Thomas, Balanta.
Subs not used: Ash, Fyfield, Jeffers, Smith, Trialist, Gibbs, Morgan.