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Stones go down to the Wood and win

PUBLISHED: 17:00 30 September 2009 | UPDATED: 14:42 24 August 2010

Alan Massey

Alan Massey

TWO-goal hero Lee Chappell led Wealdstone through to the third qualifying round of the FA Cup as they thumped Boreham Wood in a pulsating tie on Saturday. Chappell struck twice in the first half in a rampant performance...

TWO-goal hero Lee Chappell led Wealdstone through to the third qualifying round of the FA Cup as they thumped Boreham Wood in a pulsating tie on Saturday.

Chappell struck twice in the first half in a rampant performance from Gordon Bartlett's side, while further goals from Ryan Ashe and Alan Massey sealed a comprehensive win.

Greg Ngoyi set the tone inside a minute with a vicious shot which was charged down, but Stones didn't have to wait long for the breakthrough, scoring with their very next attack.

Kieron Forbes cut inside from the wing and slipped a chance to Ryan Ashe, who rolled the ball past startled Boreham Wood keeper Tony Tucker.

The lead was almost cancelled out immediately, Wealdstone having their former QPR keeper Sean Thomas to thank for an outstanding reflex save when he pushed a shot against the crossbar, and it proved a pivotal early moment in the game.

With 10 minutes gone, the Stones broke up Boreham Wood attack and counter-attacked quickly. Allan Massey (pictured,left) led the charge upfield and fed Chappell, who majestically stroked the ball into the corner.

Ngoyi almost prodded in a third as the visitors threatened to kill the game off inside 20 minutes, with Boreham Wood's defence creaking under constant pressure.

And they gave way completely before half-time, with Wealdstone adding a brilliant third to all but end the contest. A trip on Forbes on the edge of the area allowed Chappell to whip the resulting free-kick into the top corner, to put his side into a 3-0 lead.

With their passage all but sealed, Wealdstone took their foot off the gas early in the second half, although Ngoyi came close to a fourth.

But it was Boreham Wood who scored next, Dean Green nipping in to fire the ball past Thomas and give his side a lifeline. The hosts then probed for the second goal, but Wealdstone weathered the storm, and soon plundered a fourth.

From a Ryan Ashe corner on the right, Massey found himself in time and space to smash a shot past Tucker and restore the three-goal advantage. There was a late worry as Ryan Kirby grabbed Boreham Wood's second, but the Stones comfortably played out the closing minutes.


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