Boreham Wood triumph as Holman stuns Blackpool
For Blackpool the FA Cup will always mean 1953 and their 4-3 win over Bolton Wanderers; for Boreham Wood the unforgettable year is now 2017 after their 2-1 win over the League One Seasiders.
The winner came in the 88th minute through substitute Dan Holman. It completed an astonishing comeback for the National League side after Blackpool took the lead in the 62nd minute through Danny Philliskirk.
But another substitute, Blair Turgott, equalised before Holman struck from close range.
“It’s about the glory of beating a league side for the first time in our history,” said Boreham Wood manager Luke Garrard. “It puts a marker down, and look at what Sutton and Lincoln did last year?”
Oxford City and Maidstone also claimed Football League scalps with respective victories over Colchester and Cheltenham, while seventh-tier club Slough will also be in the second round.
Matt Patterson, who caused a stir on social media over the summer when he was pictured signing his contract in a McDonald’s, scored Oxford’s goal in their 1-0 victory while Delano SamYorke bagged a brace before being sent off in Maidstone’s thrilling 4-2 victory at Cheltenham.
Slough thrashed National League North side Gainsborough 6-0, with Matt Lench scoring a hat-trick for the visitors. Shaw Lane, another in the seventh tier, lost 3-1 to Mansfield but Southern League Premier Division club Hereford made it through by beating AFC Telford United 1-0.
Wigan and Blackburn, which were both Premier League clubs earlier this decade, had to come from behind to see off Crawley and Barnet and fellow League One club Peterborough could only draw 1-1 with Tranmere. League One leaders Shrewsbury dispatched Aldershot 5-0 – the same scoreline Stevenage beat Nantwich by – and Rochdale beat Bromley 4-0.
Doncaster had to come from two goals down to beat Ebbsfleet 6-2, and other League One clubs Bradford, AFC Wimbledon, Plymouth and Gillingham all went through.
Yet Rotherham, Southend, 2010 finalists Portsmouth and Oldham were all ousted by League Two clubs Crewe, Yeovil, Luton and Carlisle, while Northampton and Scunthorpe will need a replay. AFC Fylde and Gateshead, who play in the fifth tier, advanced by beating Kidderminster and Chelmsford, while League Two clubs Forest Green and Morecambe saw off Macclesfield and Hartlepool.
Joy unbounded: Boreham Wood’s Dan Holman celebrates his late winner