Non-league side Boreham Wood’s dreams of progressing into the FA second round were ended on Tuesday night after going down 2-0 at League 2 Notts County at Meadow Lane in a first round replay.
A goal in each half by Jonathan Forte and Aaron Collins was enough to send County through to the next round, where a home tie against Peterborough awaits.
Boreham Wood were unchanged from the original FA Cup tie that ended 2-2 at Meadow Park, whilst John Sheridan made four changes from the Notts County team.
The home side started off brightly and were on the front foot from the first whistle. After four minutes, Graham Burke cut in from the right-hand side and powered a left-footed shot that was parried away. From the resulting corner, Adam Campbell volleyed over from close range.
It took just under a quarter of an hour for National League side Boreham Wood to register their first shot with Anthony Jeffery shooting high over the bar. The visitors then thought they had the lead, defender Matt Paine headed in a cross but referee Richard Clark’s whistle had already been blown for a foul in the box on a Notts County player.
County then took the lead on 24 minutes. A rare Boreham Wood defensive error saw Joe Devera misjudge a ball over the top which led to Forte smashing the ball home on the half-volley and beyond the helpless Grant Smith in goal.
Boreham Wood then came out of the blocks much improved in the second half with Jeffery and Morgan Ferrier looking threatening for the non-league side, and they kept it going right to the last whistle. They should have been level after 73 minutes after a threatening attack down the right wing but the eventual cross couldn’t find anyone in blue and was deflected out for corner.
County managed to ride the storm, however, and managed to sealed the win in stoppage time through substitute Aaron Collins who is on loan from Wolves. The striker found room from twenty yards an unleashed a left-footed strike that hit the underside of the bar and into the back of the net to wrap up victory with the last kick of the game.
Notts County were made to work for the win and as a result were rewarded with a home tie to Peterborough on Sunday December 4th.
Attendance – 1,762 ( 201 Boreham Wood).