30 November 2020 22:35
CANVEY Island missed out on reaching the third round of the FA Cup for just the second time in their history as they fell to a 3-0 defeat against Boreham Wood. The Gulls, who went into the tie as the lowest ranked side remaining in the historic competition, discovered before kick-off that a home tie with Championship outfit Millwall would be in the offing if they could secure victory in front of the BT Sport cameras. But goals from Kabongo Tshimanga, Kane Smith and Matt Rhead ensured Canvey's stunning FA Cup run would come to an end. While the clash took place behind closed doors due to the current government restrictions put in place because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, a host of Gulls fans peered over one of the Park Lane terrace fences to catch a glimpse of the action. But Canvey boss Mark Bentley would have been disappointed to see his hosts fall behind inside eight minutes as Wood broke the deadlock with the first meaningful attempt of the tie.
Frontman Tshimanga created a yard of space which allowed him to get a shot away and beat Canvey goalkeeper Bobby Mason from the edge of the penalty area. The National League side controlled proceedings by enjoying lengthy spells of possession and doubled their advantage soon before the half hour mark in rather fortuitous circumstances. With the rain driving down at Park Lane, Sorba Thomas found Smith and his drive from an acute angle took a wicked deflection to leave Mason helpless. Having provided the assist for Boreham's second goal of the evening, Thomas tried his luck from range and Mason, who joined Canvey from Isthmian North rivals Great Wakering Rovers during the initial lockdown period, got down well to parry the rasping drive away. Mason then made a stunning diving save to frustrate former Billericay Town striker Rhead, whose flicked header looked destined for the top corner of the net.
Boreham rubber-stamped their place in third round as Rhead headed home from close range having initially been denied by Mason. As a subscriber, you are shown 80% less display advertising when reading our articles. Those ads you do see are predominantly from local businesses promoting local services. These adverts enable local businesses to get in front of their target audience – the local community. It is important that we continue to promote these adverts as our local businesses need as much support as possible during these challenging times. Close MILLWALL will travel to Canvey Island or Boreham Wood in the third round of the FA Cup. Isthmian League North Division Canvey and National League Boreham play tonight aiming to host the Lions. Millwall reached the fourth round last season before losing 2-0 to Sheffield United at The Den. This season's third round will take place across the weekend of Saturday and Sunday January 9 and 10, 2021, with the 32 winning clubs banking £82,000 from the competition's prize fund. Full draw: Huddersfield vs. Plymouth Southampton vs. Shrewsbury Chorley vs. Derby Marine vs. Tottenham Wolves vs. Crystal Palace Stockport County vs. West Ham Oldham vs. Bournemouth Manchester United vs. Watford Stevenage vs. Swansea Everton vs. Rotherham Nottingham Forest vs. Cardiff Arsenal vs Newcastle United Canvey Island/Boreham Wood v MILLWALL Barnsley vs. Tranmere Rovers Bristol Rovers vs. Sheffield United Blackburn vs. Doncaster Stoke vs. Leicester Wycombe vs. Preston North End Crawley vs. Leeds Burnley vs. MK Dons Bristol City vs Portsmouth QPR vs. Fulham Aston Villa vs. Liverpool Brentford vs. Middlesbrough Manchester City vs. Birmingham City Luton vs. Reading Chelsea vs. Morecambe Exeter vs. Sheffield Wednesday Norwich vs. Coventry Blackpool vs. West Brom Newport vs. Brighton Cheltenham vs. Mansfield Image: Millwall FC