As it turned out, Chessington & Hook's surprise 4-0 win at Raynes Park Vale meant any result Valley achieved would be meaningless, and condemned them to the drop.
With plenty on the game for both sides, it was an understandably nervy start, with the first real effort on goal coming in the 6th minute, when a Joe Mead cross drifted over Leigh Bowden
and cannoned off the crossbar. Two minutes later, and with Wood having settled the better, a Matt Tanton cross was headed over by Tyrone Pink, and on the quarter hour, a long range Ryan Hughes shot was comfortably gathered by Bowden.
At this stage Valley were struggling to get any foothold in the game, and it looked as if they were going down with a whimper.
With just over 20 mintues played Valley finally decided to give it a go, and a long range Daryl Cooper-Smith
shot flew just over the bar. Shortly after, good thinking at a free kick by Jay Holden
led to him setting up brother Liam, but he was just unable to get his shot off.
Woods should have taken the lead on the half hour when a long ball out of defence reached Pink, but he dragged his shot horribly wide of Bowden's right hand post.
The game had now settled into a contest, with chances at either end. Good interplay between Liam Holden
and Arnold Okrior
led to a dangerous low cross being cleared by Wood, and the same players combined minutes later, only for Holden to fire his effort just wide.
As time ran out in the first half, Valley thought they had grabbed a vital lead, but after Liam Holden
headed home from a rebounded okrior cross, the flag went up for offside. Valley were still arguing their case when Woods scored the games decisive goal. Good play on the right eventually saw the ball reach Embalo who fired home what could be a priceless goal for the visitors.
Valley started positively in the second half, and Okrior just failed to connect on a through ball, with Wood keeper Dan Burnett just beating him to it.
Valley then picked up a spate of bookings, with Jay Holden
, Cooper-Smith and Paul Webber
all finding their way into the referees notebook. For Webber it was somewhat harsh as he was adjudged to have handled the ball, when it was fired at him from a couple of yards. To compound his misery referee Jon Creswick pointed to the spot.
Wood captain Sam Mead took the kick, but fired his effort well wide of Bowden's right hand post.
Hoping to capitalise on this reprieve, Valley surged forward, Liam Holden
dragged a shot wide and Okrior glanced a header just wide.
Three substitutions looked to give Valley fresh impetus, but with news of the Chessington scoreline filtering through, there was an air of despondancy around the place.
To their credit, Valley ended stronger, with Marvin Roberts and Holden both having shots saved, but Valley's miserable season ended with another defeat.
Team: Leigh Bowden
; Paul Webber
, Jameish Holait
, George Murphy, Bradley Grant
; Max Bajeux
, Jonjo Earl
(Marvin Roberts), Arnold Okrior
; Jay Holden
), Liam Holden
, Daryl Cooper-Smith
48 mins: Daryl Cooper-Smith
50 mins: Jay Holden
60 mins: Paul Webber
90 mins: Jameish Holait