Nathan Ashmore saved in the last five minutes of normal time for Boreham Wood but could not stop the penalty

Tommy Leigh’s extra-time penalty booked Accrington Stanley a fourth-round FA Cup tie with Premier League Leeds United as they defeated Boreham Wood.

Leigh scored right-footed after Shaun Whalley was fouled in the area to decide the delayed third-round replay.


League One side Accrington’s win took them into the fourth round for only the fourth time in their history.

National League club Boreham Wood’s best effort came with an acrobatic effort from Lee Ndlovu late on.

They exerted pressure in the second half of extra time but could not breach Accrington’s defence.

Leeds manager Jesse Marsch was among the crowd, checking on his side’s opponents on Saturday, but may feel confident after seeing a game with few shots on target.

Boreham Wood, who were looking to become the first non-league team to make the fourth round in successive seasons for 37 years, created little in the way of chances in normal time.

They only made it to extra time thanks to a dramatic save by Nathan Ashmore, who scooped Sean McConville’s shot off the line from a free-kick four minutes from time.

Chances were at a premium in a game delayed by a week by freezing conditions in mid-January. The first half had only a single attempt on target, a Tyrone Marsh shot on target for the visitors.

It means Wrexham will be the only side outside the top four divisions in the fourth round, with the Welsh side hosting Sheffield United on Sunday.



Formation 3-1-4-2



  • 40Savin
  • 5Astley
  • 12Nottingham

    Substituted forLongeloat 34’minutes

  • 34TharmeBooked at 32mins
  • 22Martin
  • 16Rodgers
  • 6CoyleBooked at 120mins
  • 4Hamilton

    Substituted forPressleyat 90’minutes

  • 11McConville
  • 7Whalley

    Substituted forWoodsat 120+1’minutes

  • 8Leigh


  • 1Jensen
  • 14Longelo
  • 17Nolan
  • 20Pressley
  • 21Perritt
  • 39Woods
  • 42Adekoya
  • 43Pickles
  • 50Fernandes

Boreham Wood

Formation 3-4-1-2



  • 1Ashmore
  • 26AgbontohomaBooked at 81mins
  • 22Coxe
  • 3Ilesanmi
  • 15Lewis

    Substituted forEsteves Sousaat 105’minutes

  • 8Broadbent
  • 5Evans
  • 17Payne

    Substituted forWilliamsat 110’minutes

  • 7ReesBooked at 39mins

    Substituted forBruntat 64’minutes

  • 9Ndlovu
  • 10MarshBooked at 48mins


  • 4Ricketts
  • 11Newton
  • 12Fyfield
  • 18Williams
  • 19Esteves Sousa
  • 20Brunt
  • 23Abayomi

Match Stats

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  1. Match ends, Accrington Stanley 1, Boreham Wood 0.

  2. Second Half Extra Time ends, Accrington Stanley 1, Boreham Wood 0.

  3. Corner, Boreham Wood. Conceded by Dan Martin.

  4. Liam Coyle (Accrington Stanley) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  5. George Williams (Boreham Wood) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  6. Foul by Liam Coyle (Accrington Stanley).

  7. Corner, Boreham Wood. Conceded by Dan Martin.

  8. Substitution, Accrington Stanley. Josh Woods replaces Shaun Whalley.

  9. Attempt missed. Liam Coyle (Accrington Stanley) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

  10. Corner, Boreham Wood. Conceded by Doug Tharme.

  11. Foul by Tyrone Marsh (Boreham Wood).

  12. Sean McConville (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Attempt saved. Femi Ilesanmi (Boreham Wood) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the bottom right corner.

  14. Attempt blocked. George Williams (Boreham Wood) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  15. Attempt blocked. Érico Sousa (Boreham Wood) right footed shot from long range on the left is blocked.

  16. Attempt missed. Lee Ndlovu (Boreham Wood) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

  17. Substitution, Boreham Wood. George Williams replaces Jack Payne.

  18. Corner, Accrington Stanley. Conceded by Femi Ilesanmi.

  19. Substitution, Boreham Wood. Érico Sousa replaces Dennon Lewis.

  20. Second Half Extra Time begins Accrington Stanley 1, Boreham Wood 0.