BOREHAM WOOD produced a shocking result in round 4 when defeating Bournemouth thanks to the help of old general Mark Ricketts.
Ricketts’ sweet first-half win was enough to give the Conference League boys a delicious fifth-round trip to Everton.
And By Frank Lampard Attendees will be delighted to welcome Ricketts, 37, and non-League heroes to Goodison Park.
Wood’s ecstatic fans left their special mark on the area before starting by planting club flags in the garden of the large tree-lined house leading up to the stadium.
What a contrast the young defender had his final Champions League game for the Reds in December against AC Milan at the world-famous San Siro.
Bournemouth head coach Scott Parker, who made five signings in the final day of the transfer window, also selected Newcastle player Freddie Woodman for his first game in goal.
But it was a nervous start for the keeper, who made a blundering pass to one of his defenders in the second minute.
Fortunately for the home team, Josh Rees was unable to take advantage of the players’ mistakes.
Wood boss Luke Garrard praised Parker in pre-match interviews, even hinting that he would enjoy visiting the south coast for a few days to watch his training sessions.
Well, it was all great as Gerard’s boys were careful against the wind and overcame the odds to get an early goal against the Championship team.
And they were unlucky not to be awarded a penalty or two when Kilkenny appeared to step on Rees’ foot.
Kane Smith then went behind the home team’s defense and his cross caused such havoc that Phillips seemed to save Rees in the box.
But to the annoyance of Rees and the visitors’ bench again, referee Graham Scott immediately set aside their penalty appeal.
The whites painted a very good picture of the standards of Conference League football for the first time in their history.
There may be 74 positions between the teams in the football pyramid but Boreham Wood doesn’t play like underdogs.
And they have shown millions of fans on TV armchairs why they were unbeaten in their previous 16 games in all competitions, conceding just 15 goals in 23 league games.
Then the dream started to come true at 38 minutes when old man Ricketts, 37, was given the chance to write his own headlines.
Jacob Mandy’s cross from inside the box is Cherries Gavin Kilkenny’s shot straight at Ricketts, who has his footed shot from the edge of the box.
It was Wood’s strangulation during the game as Lewis Cook fired into stoppage time theater fans “We had a shot” before booing their team.
Desperate Parker brought in new boys Todd Cantwell and Ryan Christie to Lewis Cook and Ben Pearson after the break.
However, Ricketts nearly scored a second when his backspin cross was blocked by Woodman.
But substitutions eventually brought some life back to Bournemouth’s game and Christie’s thunderous strike was parried by Wood’s goalkeeper Taye Ashby-Hammond.
Then, Christie slipped in support of Phillip Billing, who hit the ball past Ashby-Hammond and a piece of net that was not protected.
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Ashby-Hammond then hit the high arm when he somehow deflected Christie’s shot into the underside of the crossbar.
Jayden Anthony thought he saved the tie as he darted into a loose ball until an offside flag ruined his celebration.
And when top scorer Dominic Solanke missed goal in injury time, Garrard hugged Parker as his team ran over to celebrate with their fans.
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