Boreham Wood made their own piece of FA Cup history by toppling league opposition for the first time - and jubilant boss Luke Garrard is backing his side to be this year’s Lincoln City.
The National League team had fallen behind to Blackpool after a clinical finish by Danny Philliskirk before Blair Turgott equalised midway through the second half. Boreham Wood super-sub Dan Holman then sent his side into the second round with his late winner in a 2-1 triumph.
A delighted Garrard said: ‘This is what dreams are made of. We have created history at the club.’
Boreham Wood made their own piece of FA Cup history by toppling League One Blackpool 2-1
The National League side are into round two after beating a league side for the first ever time
Blair Turgott equalised midway through the second half before Dan Holman won the game
Garrard sees no reason why the Hertfordshire side cannot emulate Lincoln City, who last season became the first non-League club since 1914 to reach the quarter-finals.
He said: ‘It puts a marker down, and looking at what Sutton and Lincoln did last year, why not? Why can’t that be us?’
Former FA Cup winners Blackpool had blown a number of first-half chances which they soon lived to regret, and manager Gary Bowyer said: ‘The result was very hard to take because we were excellent throughout the game. We gave them energy with their equaliser, and for their winner we didn’t defend the set-play.
‘We didn’t take the chances we created, but when you lose to a non-League club you know you’re going to be talked about for the wrong reasons.’
Jubilant Boreham Wood boss Luke Garrard is backing his side to be this year’s Lincoln City
Callum Cooke had a shot stopped by Boreham Wood keeper Grant Smith at close range. The home side almost scored with a David Stephens header on the half-hour before Cooke hit a post.
League One Blackpool deservedly opened the scoring through Philliskirk, but Boreham Wood bounced back following a double substitution.
Turgott crashed home from eight yards following Kane Smith’s right-wing cross before Holman scored his dramatic late winner.
Oxford City manager Mark Jones had nothing but praise after their 1-0 victory at Colchester
Elsewhere, Oxford City manager Mark Jones had nothing but praise for his giant-killing side after their 1-0 victory at League Two Colchester.
Matt Paterson scored the goal that sent the National League South side through to the FA Cup second round for only the second time in their history.
Jones said: ‘Sometimes you just can’t write the script. You have to give tremendous credit to the players, the way they stuck at it. We have struggled a bit so far this season but this is just a fantastic day for us.
‘You can’t praise the players enough and it’s nice to see the people from Oxford come and support us. I think the odds on us being in the second round and not Oxford United would have been extremely