Football Features

“Injections and a lot of tablets” – National League Boreham Wood’s FA Cup run ends with painful Everton defeat

By Mohamed Moallim

Published: 23:12, 3 March 2022

Everton’s dream to end a near three-decade trophy drought lives on after reaching this season’s FA Cup quarter-final round at Boreham Wood’s expense.

Frank Lampard’s men were made to work by their non-league opponents ultimately running out 2-0 at Goodison Park with Salomon Rondon, making a rare start, registering a brace. His second and third goals for the club. The Toffees reward is meeting fellow Premier League outfit Crystal Palace for a place in the last four.

That forthcoming showdown pits Lampard against former on-field rival Patrick Vieira, both of whom have lifted world football’s oldest national football competition on multiple occasions during their respective illustrious playing careers.

Who are the favourites to win the FA Cup?

  • Man City: the Premier League champions are six-time winners, their last success came in 2019.
  • Liverpool: the newly crowned League Cup winners are chasing an eighth FA Cup triumph, subsequently ending a 16-year wait.
  • Chelsea: only Arsenal (14) and Man Utd (12) have won this competiton on more occassions than the Blues (8).

Boreham Wood came into this evening’s showdown in Merseyside seeking to become the second non-league club to reach the FA Cup quarter-finals in the modern era and greatly frustrated their more illustrious counterpart by going into the interval with the game being a goalless stalemate.

Lampard, who made six changes from last time out, handed Rondon a first start under his leadership and the Venezuelan striker would repay his manager’s faith. Moments after coming agonisingly close to breaking the deadlock — when he met Jonjoe Kenny’s cross but could only head over from six yards out — Rondon, again linking-up with Kenny, snuck the ball past Taye Ashby-Hammond at his near post.

Betfair betting offer: How to get up to £50 back as cash

Interested in the offer above? Qualifying readers* can follow the simple steps below.

  • Visit Betfair (here’s the link) to open a new account using promo code ZSKAMK
  • Deposit a minimum of €10 using a Card. This is only required once.
  • Place a single Sportsbook Football bet at minimum odds of 2.0 (Evs) between the 3rd and 31st March
  • Please note, your qualifying bet must settle until 23:59, March 31st

*18+ only. Place 5 x £10 Sportsbook bets on Football of min odds of 2.0 (Evs) and get money back as cash if any lose. Maximum refund per qualifying bet is £10, x5 refunds available. Payment restrictions apply. T&Cs apply. Be Gamble Aware.

It was the first time in the FA Cup proper this season Boreham Wood conceded; interestingly it came in the 57th minute, and Rondon’s shot also happened to be the 56th shot they had faced. There was a debut for 20-year-old Scottish midfielder Nathan Patterson, but he was hauled off at half-time to make way for the talismanic Richarlison, unfairly or not the Brazilian’s introduction galvanised the hosts. For a moment it looked as if he doubled their lead but his effort, which he didn’t know too much about, was disallowed by VAR for handball.

Technology was again called upon when Rondon, six minutes from time, rose to meet an Andros Townsend corner. Ashby-Hammond grabbed the ball in flight but it had crossed the line much to his disappointment. Technology was again called upon when Rondon, six minutes from time, rose to meet an Andros Townsend corner. Ashby-Hammond grabbed the ball in flight but it had crossed the line much to his disappointment.

Boreham Wood defender, and boyhood Everton fan, Kane Smith saw Rondon’s work up close but it was experiencing playing at Goodison that he’ll cherish forever especially given the ordeal he needed to go through to get on the pitch.

Bet £10, Get £20 in Free Bets T&Cs apply

18+, UK only. Deposit and place a minimum £10 cash bet at single or accumulated odds of 1/1 or greater and we will give you 1 x £5 in free bets plus an extra 3 x £5 Free Bets the following day. Applies to first cash bet only. Free bets credited as 4 x £5 bets to use on 3x Any sport & 1x Virtuals. Cashed Out, Void or Draw No Bet wagers do not qualify for this promotion. 1 x £5 Free Bets are credited upon qualifying first bet settlement, other free bets credited by midday the day after your first bet settles. 7-day free bet expiry. Available once per customer. This offer cannot be combined with any other promotion. Full T&C’s apply.

18+ only. New UK customers only. T&Cs apply.

Claim Here
Bet £10 & Get £30 in Free Bets T&Cs apply

18+ only. Use code BET30. New Players Only. Minimum stake $/€/£ 10, minimum odds1.5, stake not returned.1X wagering the winnings from the free bet. Wagering occurs from real balance first. Wagering requirement is calculated on bonus bets only, wagering starts from real funds. Free bet is valid for 7 Days from issue. Max conversion: $/€/£ 200. Excluded Skrill deposits. Withdrawal requests voids all active/pending bonuses. Full Terms Apply

18+ only. New customers only. T&Cs apply.

Claim Here
£20 in free bets when you place a £10 bet T&Cs apply

18+ only. £10 min. deposit required. 1 x £10 qualifying bet required. Qualifying bet must be placed on selection with min. odds of 1.8 (4/5). 4 x £5 Free Bets will be credited once the qualifying bet has been settled. 1 x Free Bet valid for any Football Match Result market. 1 x Free Bet valid on any Football Correct Score market. 1 x Free Bet valid on any Horse Racing market. 1 x Free Bet valid on any Tennis market. Free Bets valid for 7 days once credited. T&Cs apply.

18+ only. New customers only. T&Cs apply.

Claim Here

“We frustrated them and settled in like we thought we would. We defended well but they ran us tired. They moved the ball so well,” he told ITV Sport.

“We stuck to the game plan and frustrated them. We tried pressing but they moved the ball so quickly so it was very hard.

“I had a few injections and a lot of tablets but I just needed to play and I’m glad I got through 70 minutes.

“I knew the fans would give me a great reception but it was outstanding. I cannot thank them enough and that will live long in the memory.”

If anyone exemplified the visitors performance it was him. Lampard, whose immediate focus switches to maintaining the club’s top-flight status, was effusive in praise for Smith and company as well as his centre-forward.

“All credit to them, they made it tough for us. It was a big night for them but we got the job done,” he told BBC Sport.

“There are lots of factors, it was a huge, huge night for them, well deserved and they had a massive support that travelled up. It was the game of their life for some of the players and they gave it their all. They are well coached, well organised and are no fools. If you don’t score early, there may be nerves around the ground and I understand that. Fair play to them, I wish them well going forward.

“Since I came here [Rondon] has not been a starter for me but when you call on him he has qualities. I see it in training. He was patient with his chances and comes in and scores two goals, you need goalscorers on your team, with the position we are in in the league.”



Sign up to the Best Football Offers

A valid email is required.

Invalid e-mail.

Yes I am over 18.
Yes, I would like to receive email updates on exciting offers from For more info on how we and our partners process your data, see Privacy and Cookie Policies.
You need to confirm that you are over 18 and that you want to receive updates.

*By subscribing you are confirming that you are over 18 years of age.

*All emails include an unsubscribe link, where you can opt out any time. *Please see our privacy and cookies policy..


Newsletter error