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Boreham Wood 3-3 Southend United
(After extra-time – Boreham Wood won 4-3 on penalties)
Southend United’s fifteenth game without a victory came as little surprise to an increasingly large percentage of the clubs’ frustrated fanbase.
This time it was midtable Vanarama National League outfit, Boreham Wood, who made Emirates FA Cup progress, although the beleaguered Blues twice came from behind before slipping for the second successive season to non-league opposition.
Jamal Fyfield headed the home side into an early lead, while Mark Ricketts made it two six minutes after the restart.
But Southend made a fist of things – Brandon Goodship halving the deficit after an error from Fyfield, then Terrell Egbri levelling within three minutes.
Kabongo Tshimanga restored Boreham Wood’s lead from the penalty spot, this after he’d been felled by Harry Lennon. However, Southend was to force a shootout when James Olayinka’s superb individual effort made it 3-3.
But the Blues luck ran out in the shootout. Oxley rebuffed Shaquile Coulthirst kick, but Boreham Wood stopper Nathan Ashmore turned aside from Matt Rush, then Jason Demetriou missed the target, sending the non-leaguer’s through.
It was a case of same-ole’ same-ole’ for Mark Molesley: “We’re gutted. The game ebbed and flowed and we’ve been masters of our own downfall again,” he bemoaned.
“We created a lot of chances, we hit the bar a couple of times, we’ve had penalty shouts again turned down, but we don’t help ourselves at the moment conceding the same goals, which makes life a little bit tougher.
“The response from the boys at half-time was very good. In the second-half and extra-time, we were in the ascendency. We created a lot of chances but, unfortunately, we’re not putting those away at the moment, which is another cause for concern.
“We’re not putting our chances away and teams are putting their chances away a little bit too easily against us. That’s been the story of our season so far.”
Southend United now turn their attention to the Papa Johns Trophy, facing Colchester United at the JobServe Community Stadium on Tuesday, November 10 (7pm).
Boreham Wood: Ashmore, Ilesanmi (Coulthirst 120+3’), Ricketts (Capt) (Stephens 90+7’), Champion, Mafuta, Tshimanga, Whitely (Mingoia 89’), Fyfield, Thomas, Rhead, Smith Subs not used: Huddart, Woodards, Francis-Angol, McDonnell
Southend United: Oxley, Bwomono, Hobson, Olayinka, Dieng, Goodship (Rush 117’), Clifford, Acquah (Egbri 58’), Nathaniel-George (Sterling 120+3’), Demetriou (Capt), Lennon Subs not used: Seaden, Phillips, White
Referee: Ben Toner
Assistants: Andrew Hendley and Bradley Hall
Fourth Official: Michael Chard
(Quotes courtesy of Southend United FC)