WOOD PROGESS DESPITE GOALKEEPING HEROICS

Boreham Wood 2 – 0 Wimborne Town
Saturday 24th October 2020, 3pm
Meadow Park, Emirates FA Cup Fourth Qualifying Round

A thoroughly entertaining Emirates FA Cup tie at Meadow Park between Boreham Wood and their Southern League Premier South opponents Wimborne Town ended with what turned out to be a routine 2-0 victory for the Wood and a safe passage into the First Round Proper of the Emirates FA Cup for the fifth time in seven seasons. 

If it wasn’t for an outstanding man of the match display by 17-year-old Wimborne goalkeeper Billy Terrell, it would have been a very different score line.The young goalkeeper, on loan from Bournemouth, showed his credentials after 4 minutes when he made a great save following a one-on-one against Shaq Coulthirst.

Wood should have had a penalty just a minute later when Sam Davidson handled the ball in the area while on the ground but fortunately for the visitors, the referee didn’t see and continued play. Former Barnet player, Coulthirst had another chance to score soon after but shot wide. The introduction of Sorba Thomas, who replaced the injured Francis-Angol in the 35th minute, added some fire to the dominant Boreham Wood side, the recent Charlton Athletic target was outstanding on his return to the pitch. Billy Terrell further denied Mingoia, Tshimanga and Thomas ensuring the match remained goalless going into halftime.

Boreham Wood’s dominance continued in the second half but a hardworking and resilient Wimborne side were always in the game. Coulthirst then hit the post with a header after 52 minutes before Jamal Fyfield finally gave Boreham Wood the lead on the hour mark. It was excellent play by Tshimanga that produced another great save from Terrell before Fyfield scored the rebound.
The Wimborne keeper was at it again soon after, denying both Tshimanga and a Matt Rhead volley at 68 minutes. Not wanting to feel left out, for the third Saturday running, Nathan Ashmore produced possibly the save of the match by denying a point blank header by Jack Lovell after 75 minutes of play. After his previous unreal saves from the past two Saturday’s this may have been the best of the lot.
In the final few minutes, Tshimanga hit the crossbar and Thomas shot wide when well placed, before Tshimanga finally secured his deserved goal which sealed Boreham Wood’s win with a goal in the 90th minute.

Boreham Wood: Ashmore, Champion, Stephens (Ilesanmi 82), Fyfield, Ricketts, Mafuta, Mingoia, Smith, Francis-Angol (Thomas 35), Coulthirst (Rhead 61), Tshimanga.

Subs not used: Murtagh, Whitely, Huddart, McDonnell.

Wimborne Town: Terrell, Strugnell, Maybury, Davidson, Young, Holmes, Sinclair (Kellaway 63), Gunson, Lovell, Henry (Penny 76), Chugg

Subs not used: Arnold, Langdon, Smith, Gamble, Mason.

Man of the match: Billy Terrell (Wimborne Town)

Match report written by Brett Lewis (Non-League Paper & Wood Army member)

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