National League side Boreham Wood produced the FA Cup fourth round shock as they beat Bournemouth 1-0 to establish a round of 16 draw with Everton.
Boreham Wood, the competition’s lowest-ranked side, showed no signs of being intimidated by their Championship opponents at Vitality Stadium and deservedly took the lead in the 38th minute when 37-year-old Mark Ricketts , landed a low shot. the post office.
Bournemouth improved after the break with introductions from Todd Cantwell and Ryan Christie as they searched for an equaliser, but despite dominating possession Scott Parker’s side struggled to break through a resilient Boreham Wood defence.
Bournemouth’s best opportunity arguably came in the 76th minute when Philip Billing beat the offside trap to go one-on-one with Boreham Wood goalkeeper Taye Ashby-Hammond, but his attempt to lob cleared the crossbar.
Three minutes later, Ashby-Hammond, on loan from Fulham, produced a brilliant double save to keep Christie and Billing out before Jaidon Anthony’s effort was flagged offside.
Despite increased pressure from the home side and a huge chance for Dominic Solanke in stoppage time, Boreham Wood held on for a famous win to reach the fifth round for the first time.
They will now travel to Frank Lampard’s Everton in the last 16 for arguably the biggest game in their 74-year history, a fitting reward for club chairman Danny Hunter who remortgaged his house to help the club cross the lock.
Boreham’s emotional boss Garrard ‘on top of the world’
Boreham Wood are the first non-league side to make the fifth round since Sutton United and Lincoln City in 2017.
Incredibly, the Hertfordshire club are yet to concede a goal in five FA Cup rounds, including a third round victory against League One side AFC Wimbledon.
Talk to ITV Sports after the match, the manager of Boreham Wood Luc Garrard said: “I’m in shreds. I’m on top of the world, the emotions at the minute are unbelievable.
“We took our chance. I tell my boy every Sunday to be a good team player. That’s what we did. I’m going to get emotional, these boys are amazing.
“For a man, the staff, the people in the boardroom that’s for them. It was the bottom 10 for me, the headers.
“It’s just amazing. I thought they were going to hit us for eight years, it didn’t register me at all.
“I love Frank [Lampard], Ashley Cole (Everton coach) is the best left-back Arsenal have ever had. To be able to measure myself against them, I have not yet understood.
“I was abuzz when we scored the goal and I would have been happy to lose 3-1 but it was just unbelievable.”
Scorer Marc Ricketts said: “It’s huge for us. Going to Goodison there will be even more. It’s great for the community. We’re such a small club but we have big hearts and we’re following now.”
As for Bournemouth, they are now firmly focused on trying to win promotion to the Premier League. They are currently third in the championship.
Bournemouth head coach Scott Parker said: “Overall it was very disappointing but nothing but praise and credit to Boreham Wood.
“Well done for them, it’s the magic of the FA Cup but you never want to be at the end.”
FA Cup fifth round draw in full
- Luton Town v Chelsea
- Crystal Palace v Stoke City
- Peterborough United v Manchester City
- Liverpool v Norwich
- Southampton v West Ham
- Middlesbrough v Tottenham Hotspur
- Nottingham Forest versus Huddersfield Town
- Everton vs. Boreham Wood
Matches will be played in the week beginning Monday, February 28.
Bournemouth host Birmingham City in the Championship on Wednesday at 7.45pm, live on Sky Sports Football via the red button, while Boreham Wood travel to Wrexham in the fifth round of the FA Trophy on Saturday.