B’mouth 0 – 1 Boreham Wd

National League side Boreham Wood produced the shock of the FA Cup fourth round by beating Bournemouth 1-0 to set up a last-16 tie with Everton.

Boreham Wood, the lowest-ranked side left in the competition, showed no signs of being overawed by their Championship opponents at the Vitality Stadium and deservedly took the lead in the 38th minute when 37-year-old Mark Ricketts slotted a low shot in off the post.

Bournemouth improved after the break with the introductions of Todd Cantwell and Ryan Christie as they went in search of an equaliser, but Scott Parker’s side struggled to break down a resilient Boreham defence.

Boreham Wood's Mark Ricketts (right) celebrates his opener with teammates

Their best opportunity arguably came in the 76th minute when Philip Billing beat the offside trap to go one-on-one with Boreham goalkeeper Taye Ashby-Hammond, but his attempted lob cleared the crossbar.

Three minutes later Ashby-Hammond, on loan from Fulham, produced a brilliant double save to deny Christie and Billing before Jaidon Anthony’s effort was flagged offside.

Despite increased pressure from the home side and a huge chance for Dominic Solanke deep into stoppage time, Boreham Wood held on for a famous victory.

The Hertfordshire side, who are the first non-League team to make the fifth round since Sutton United and Lincoln City in 2017, will travel to Frank Lampard’s Everton in the last-16 for arguably the biggest game in their 74-year history.

For Bournemouth, their focus is now firmly on trying to win promotion to the Premier League. They are currently third in the Championship.

More to follow…

FA Cup fifth round draw in full

  • Luton Town vs Chelsea
  • Crystal Palace vs Stoke City
  • Peterborough United vs Manchester City
  • Liverpool vs Norwich
  • Southampton vs West Ham
  • Middlesbrough vs Tottenham Hotspur
  • Nottingham Forest vs Huddersfield Town
  • Everton vs Boreham Wood

The ties will be played in the week commencing Monday 28 February, 2022.

What’s next?

Bournemouth host Birmingham City in the Championship on Wednesday at 7.45pm, live on Sky Sports Football via the red button, while Boreham Wood go to Wrexham in the fifth round of the FA Trophy on Saturday.

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