Dan’s the man to rock Wood

The Non-League Football Paper - - FA TROPHY SECOND ROUND - By Jeff Bowron

FAMED cup fight­ers Blyth Spar­tans found lit­tle re­sis­tance from Bore­ham Wood as they eased through.

Dan Maguire’s 150th goal for the club was a great fin­ish and Wood never threat­ened.

Luke Gar­rard’s side were out­gunned by an in­form Blyth that stretched its im­pres­sive un­beaten run to 13 games.

A sin­gle-goal vic­tory cer­tainly didn’t flat­ter the Na­tional League North side, Gar­rard hugely dis­ap­pointed by his side's dis­play.

“We failed on all fronts to­day,” said Gar­rard. “And that’s no dis­re­spect to Blyth, who were well drilled and or­gan­ised. I am so gut­ted and can only apol­o­gise to those fans that trav­elled north and spent their hard-earned cash to see one shot.”

No such prob­lems for Blyth, who were the hun­grier side and fully de­served to beat their higher-ranked op­po­nents. Maguire shot weakly at Wood’s rookie stand-in keeper Fred Bur­bridge when in on goal, but made no mis­take with a sec­ond, harder, chance.

Con­nor Oliver's chip saw Maguire roll Femi Ile­sanmi and Ja­mal Fy­field in the right side of the box.

Within a flash the ball was in the roof of the net and it proved to be a knock­out blow for an in­sipid Bore­ham Wood.

Jamie Holmes shot just past the post in a first half of lim­ited chances and-Justin Shaibu was al­most in for Wood straight af­ter the break. It proved to be a rare threat, the vis­i­tors caught off­side eight times and the late pres­sure all com­ing from the home side.

Sub Jar­rett Rivers had an im­me­di­ate im­pact for Blyth with a surg­ing run that saw Holmes’ an­gled drive saved.

Wood were still in the tie but just couldn’t get go­ing and Spar­tans went close again when Holmes curled just over.

“That's what we’re ca­pa­ble of de­fen­sively,” said Blyth boss Alun Arm­strong. “It wasn’t a great game of foot­ball, but when we did play, we cut them open.”

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