Buildbase FA Trophy 4th Round
Boreham Wood 0-2 Lincoln City
IN two weeks' time Lincoln City take on Arsenal in the FA Cup quarter-final at the Emirates Stadium.
Meanwhile at Meadow Park, the home ground of Arsenal Ladies, the Imps ensured they will take part in at least one cup semi-final this season, beating Boreham Wood 2-0 in the Buildbase FA Trophy.
It was a wet and windy afternoon in south-west Hertfordshire. Lincoln's joint managers, Danny and Nicky Cowley, received warm applause from home fans in the main stand, as their club continues to do the National League proud in the FA Cup.
The Cowleys made several changes to their starting line-up for this the first of the Imps' two cup quarter-finals, one particularly notable absentee being top-scorer Matt Rhead. But despite their reshuffled line-up, Lincoln dominated the early stages, the ball spending minimal time in the visitors' half in the opening ten minutes.
On 13 minutes, Joe Ward met Sam Habergham's cross from the left with a fierce volley on the edge of the 18-yard box, Wood keeper Grant Smith plucking the goalbound ball from mid-air.
Having weathered the early storm, Wood went on to create three clear chances of their own by half-time.
In the 23rd minute, an at that stage rare attack saw Angelo Balanta pass up an opportunity to shoot from the edge of the box. As Wood recycled possession, Kenny Davis' knock-down fell to Balanta, whose shot on the turn struck the base of Paul Farman's right-hand post.
In a swift break from a Lincoln corner in the 27th minute, Morgan Ferrier's step-over allowed him to race downfield from box to box. Wood's leading scorer then played a square ball into the path of Anthony Jeffrey, whose angled drive flashed just past Farman's left upright.
Ten minutes before the break, Davis' header from Bruno Andrade's inswinging free-kick flew narrowly wide.
Wood had recovered well from a difficult start. In the end, they would be left to reflect on what might have been, had just one of those chances gone in.
Just past the hour-mark, Andrade, cutting in from the right, saw his fierce rising shot from 25 yards parried by Farman for a corner. Wood still looked to be gaining momentum in the tie at this stage.
But barely a minute later, Lincoln went ahead. Setting off on a powerful run across the edge of the Wood penalty area from right to left, the dangerous Ward then found space to drill the ball left-footed low past Smith.
The contest was effectively ended in comical fashion in the 74th minute. Having sliced an attempted clearance narrowly past his own keeper's left-hand post, the unfortunate Matt Paine then headed the resulting corner into his own net from point-blank range.
As Lincoln march on, the popular Danny Cowley was kept busy signing autographs for home fans by the tunnel after the final whistle.
Meanwhile Boreham Wood, their own hopes of cup glory ended for another season, prepare for their upcoming trip to Sutton United. The National League's other FA Cup giant-killers from this season host Luke Garrard's team at Gander Green Lane on Tuesday evening.
BOREHAM WOOD: Smith, Woodards (Reason 78), Ricketts, Paine, Stephens, Davis, Andrade (Shakes 84), Ferrier, Jeffrey, Ilesamni, Balanta (Williams 69). Subs not used: Nunn, Goodliffe.
LINCOLN CITY: Farman, Wood, Habergham, Whitehouse, Howe, Muldoon (Southwell 81), Hawkridge (Ginnelly 71), Long, McCombe, Knott (Power 71), Ward. Subs not used: Marriott, Walker.
REFEREE: Mr C Hatzidakis