AFC Bournemouth v Boreham Wood – Football Match Report – 6th February 2022
Fifth-tier Boreham Wood secured the start and end of the FA Cup fourth round with a shock as they stunned Championship high-flyers Bournemouth 1-0 on Sunday.
Middlesbrough kicked off the action of the weekend by knocking out 12-time winners Manchester United after a nervy penalty shoot-out at Old Trafford.
Sixth-tier Kidderminster Harriers nearly pulled off a stunning upset against Premier League side West Ham United on Saturday, eventually losing 2-1 after extra time, but Boreham Wood booked their place in the fifth round.
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Mark Ricketts scored for the visitors in the 38th minute with a low shot and despite a crushing possession from Bournemouth afterwards, Boreham Wood withstood everything the hosts threw at them to clinch a fairytale victory.
Probably the biggest win in Boreham Wood’s 74-year history earned them a lucrative TV trip to Frank Lampard’s Everton – a fitting reward for club chairman Danny Hunter who remortgaged his house to help the club through lockdown .
“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,” said Ricketts, 37 years, about victory.
Incredibly, Luke Garrard’s Boreham Wood side are yet to concede a goal in five FA Cup rounds, including a third round win against League One side AFC Wimbledon.
“His work ethic is amazing. He watches game after game and his attention to detail is among the best I’ve seen in my career,” Boreham Wood’s Will Evans said of Garrard becoming the youngest manager ever. of the top five divisions when he was appointed in 2015, aged 30.
Scott Parker’s Bournemouth, who made five signings in the January transfer window, will now have to focus on their bid to win promotion to the Premier League.
They are currently third in the Championship.
“Overall it was very disappointing,” Parker said. “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.” (Reporting by Martyn Herman editing by Toby Davis)