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Home / 2006-07 Season / 2006-07 Results / Match Report

FA Cup 2nd Qualifying Round
Saturday 30th September 2006
Boreham Wood 0 - 2 AFC Hornchurch
  H/T 0-1
Att: 311
Janney 27' (pen), 54'

Match Highlights
Boreham Wood   AFC Hornchurch
27 GOAL - Janney (pen)
  45 OFF - Wareham
ON - S Parker
OFF - Fletcher
ON - Tomlinson
54 GOAL - Janney
Cox - BOOKED 64  
Williams - BOOKED 72  
Samuel - OFF
Delisser - ON
Gregson - OFF
Balic - ON
Archer - OFF
Moran - ON
84 OFF - Bostock
ON - Tiffin

Match Report by Tony Middleton

Large areas around the ground are now residents zones, which possibly accounted for the late arrival of at least 50 Urchins supporters. Unusually there was a refreshment bar outside the ground, selling Fat Boys, Diet Dilemmas, and Cuddly Cardiacs, all at somewhat exorbitant prices. With tea at £1 per cup, all of a sudden I did not feel thirsty, being disinclined to pay £1 for the privilege of having a tea bag in a cup of hot water. With 24 goals in their last five matches, Boreham Wood were red hot favourites against a side from a lower division. Urchins settled for a more defensive starting line up, with Jordan Bostock coming in for Simon Parker, scorer of the goal of the season last week.

Bright sunny weather quickly became heavy rain as the teams took the field, and Urchins kicked into the alternative rain and sun, and into a strong downfield wind. A quick crowd count came to about 350 of which at least 200 were decked out in red and white or blue and white. Wood started well, when they won a free kick after Janney had tackled Smith, and Samuel floated in a dangerous ball which drifted wide. Urchins came back in force, Janney running along the right wing and winning a corner, which he took himself and played the ball low to Cross, whose first time flick was cleared off the goal line by Michael Cox, and Glozier pumped it back again, Williams heading out for another corner. Janney came over to the left to take the kick, which swerved alarmingly and hit the post before going out of play.

Wood came back quickly, Fletcher having to concede a corner which Watters took and Brightley touched the ball out of play. Williams came over to the left to take the second corner and McFarlane headed powerfully to safety. Ross Wareham took up the running, found Lee, and took the return pass, and centred, and Wood survived a loud hand ball appeal as the ball was bundled out for a corner. Janney played the corner short to Ross, and then back to Janney and Ryan Moran headed away from under the bar.

At this point about fifty more Urchins arrived, Max included – welcome to the FA Cup Max, said Unc. Max sat down in time to see Michael Cox pound down the wing and cross, forcing Brightley to palm the ball over the bar, just as four police came into the ground to stand between the home handful and the Urchins hoards. Williams took the corner, and Bostock headed out, Williams pumped it back again and Brightley rose high to punch the ball away to safety. A Wood player needed treatment and on came yet another female physio – that’s eight this season, what is this, a takeover? Whilst our own Dickie Harper was also rushing out onto the pitch, first for Mark Janney and then twice for Ross Wareham.

Samuel, ever dangerous, sent in a great pass to Bangura, who crossed high into the middle and Purdie headed out for a corner. Watters took the kick and Brightley punched the ball out to Janney, on the edge of the area, and he ran the length of the field, to win a corner at the other end. Wood came back upfield from Janney’s corner and Gregson crossed and Purdie headed out for another corner, which Williams took and Southon cleared to Fletcher who found Bostock and he played a long pass out to Lee on the left and from the centre the ball was headed off the line for a corner, which Janney took and Williams hit the ball hard upfield.

At last Urchins found an opening, when Lee sent Janney racing away, and he was scythed down for a penalty, which MARK JANNEY took and scored with a neat low shot, to send 200 + plus delirious. But why no yellow card for the player who brought Mark down?

Smith fouled Lee, and Glozier took the free kick, out to Cross and back to Glozier whose cross hit the side netting. Janney won the ball in midfield and touched on to Southon, whose shot was blocked as Wood defended desperately to keep the score down. Danger at the other end when Wareham failed to clear and Samuel gained possession and centred to Darrell Cox, who hit his shot wide of the goal. Janney again, winning another free kick – on comes Dickie once again – Glozier took the kick and Lee went close. Almost on half time Lee found Southon, who hit his shot just wide of the goal.

Plenty to talk about at half time, as old fashioned aeroplanes flew above the ground – are they filming at Elstree? - and a large flock of starlings weaved patterns as they prepared for their roost. Romford were three down at Worthing Utd – the East Side send their collective condolences – but the real question was which town Boreham Wood play in? Would the rain keep up?

Answer was yes, it was still raining as the teams took the field again, with Urchins now kicking towards the residents zonal end of the ground. Simon Parker and Andy Tomlinson came on for Ron Fletcher and Ross Wareham, who had needed lengthy treatment on two occasions, and with Bostock moving deeper on the right the Urchins were using a 4 – 4- 2 formation, which almost paid immediate dividends when Parker’s cross was mis-kicked by a defender to Lee who homed in on goal but missed a great chance, hitting the ball too close to Imber who made an excellent save for a corner when it could so easily have been two up. Janney floated the ball across and it was hit back again to Janney who hammered in a hard shot which skimmed the bar.

And then Cross fooled his marker by turning and speeding goalwards, where Imber made another excellent save – once again it could so easily have been two up. Archer made ground across the half way line and found Gregson, whose hard shot was well saved by Brightley and the ball was touched into the net, but the flag had been up long beforehand for offside. Wood threw everyone forward, and keeper Imber came up to take a free kick on the half way line, which Archer prodded goalwards and Brightley saved well, McFarlane completing the clearance to concede a corner. Watters took the kick and the ball was cleared up to Simon Parker, near the half way line. Off sped Simon, drawing the defence and then slotting the ball through to MARK JANNEY who ran on and neatly chipped the keeper for a magnificent goal, to send 250 soaking Urchins into raptures, whilst Mark went streaking off to the side line, sliding yards on the saturated turf. The announcer announced the goal almost grudgingly – but who cared? It might be chucking it down with rain, but the sun was shining in Urchins land.

Wood came forward strongly. Watters found Samuel with a well placed corner, and Tomlinson cleared. Then it was Bostock, playing the ball forward to Cross, and then to Lee, who was through in a flash. Imber fumbled his shot and the ball spun into the side netting. Gregson rose well to head powerfully from Samuel’s cross and Brightley saved, whilst back came Urchins and a Janney free kick found Cross , who put in a high centre which Imber caught, just as the police left the ground, their presence having not been required. Parker, playing an inspired game up front, ran a long penetrating run, picking out Janney on the right, and Mark crossed for Lee whose shot was turned around the post by Imber, Janney’s corner being cleared by Ryan Moran. Desperation set in for Wood, and they called up Elvis, who was one of three subs as they shook up their squad, and the three player swop proved a good move, as they powered forward in force. Elvis crossed and Bostock headed away, leaving the sub all shook up, and it was heartbreak hotel seconds afterwards when Elvis shot was saved by Brightley (apologies, but Max was sitting just in front).

Watters sent in a vicious shot which Brightley did well to parry against the bar, Bostock touching the ball out for a corner, Williams swerved the ball over and McFarlane headed out. Then it was Watters with a corner, and Purdie headed out for another corner, which Watters took again and the ball was headed narrowly over the bar. McFarlane then headed a centre out for another corner, and Williams saw yet another corner headed out by McFarlane. In two breaks in quick succession, first Parker and the Lee went close, whilst Tiffin came on to tidy things up in defence, Jordan leaving the pitch to tumultuous applause from the Urchins, there being few Boreham Wood supporters left in the ground by this time, some having left and others having changed sides.

Elvis cut in from the right and found Watters, who played a good pass through to Bangura , and it was McFarlane again to the rescue, at the cost of a corner. Watters took the kick, and McFarlane headed away yet again, the ball being hit upfield to Janney who crossed to Parker, who forced Smith into making a last ditch tackle. Elvis again, to Williams, and this time it was Tiffin who headed away. And with five minutes of stoppage time, the referee ended the match and the entire team rushed over to the East Side to milk the applause.

A magnificent victory, thoroughly deserved, and it could have been more than two had not two good chances gone begging in the first few minutes of the second half. Excellent performances all round, with Purdie, Bostock and McFarlane outstanding in defence, and Cross and Janney equally outstanding up front.

And which town do Boreham Wood play in? The official name for the town is Elstree and Borehamwood (the latter being one word, not two).

Video clips by Rob Monger
- 27mins. Mark Janney gives us the lead from the spot
- 54mins. Mark Janney scores a superb second goal


Boreham Wood
Noel Imber
Michael Cox
Ryan Moran
Tommy Williams
Mark Smith (c)
Luke Gregson
Marvin Samuel
Darrell Cox
Chris Bangura
Leon Archer
Chris Watters
Andre Delisser
Lee Allinson
Elvis Balic
Greg Moran
Jamie Hazell
AFC Hornchurch
Dale Brightly
Ronnie Fletcher
Danny Glozier
John Purdie (c)
Jim McFarlane
Ross Wareham
Garry Cross
Mark Janney
Kris Lee
Jordan Bostock
Jamie Southon
Simon Parker
Andy Tomlinson
Greg Tiffin
Ainsley Gasper
Rhys Madden

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Weather Conditions:  Sunny at start - 21 degrees. Heavy showers - 14 degrees at finish. Wind speed 20mph

Match Duration: First half 46mins 15secs. Second half 49mins 45secs

Match Officials: C.J. Williams with V. Torre and A. Hyne

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