Boreham Wood progressed through to the FA Trophy second round at the weekend, before earning a hard-fought point away at Halifax Town on Tuesday.

The Wood first saw off Torquay United 3-1 in a victory at home, earning them a tricky away tie at Blyth Spartans in the next round of the competition.

They needed extra-time to finish off a resilient Seagulls side, despite the visitors having two men sent off, but super sub Justin Shaibu added two goals to the one he scored in normal time to put the tie to bed.

With the game still goalless, Torquay’s Irish centre forward Ruairi Keating was given his marching orders shortly before the break for a dangerous challenge on Mark Ricketts.

However, it was the 10 men who emerged the strongest and they put themselves ahead just one minute after the interval, when Saikou Janneh scored from a low cross into the box.

Brentford loanee Shaibu was unleashed from the bench soon after, scoring an equaliser with almost his first involvement to send the game into extra-time.

Shaibu scored a second five minutes after the restart and then a second red card for Torquay, this time for Kyle Cameron, meant the visitors were left with an almost impossible task.

The Seagulls were finally finished off when Shaibu scored his third of the game with just five minutes remaining, giving Boreham Wood a trip to Northumberland to prepare for in the new year.

The Wood then earned a point away in Yorkshire just three days later when they faced Halifax at the Shay Stadium in a 1-1 draw.

Shaibu was once again on target for Luke Garrard’s men after he was brought into the starting line-up.

He gave the Wood an early lead when he headed home Gozie Ugwu’s cross with the first attack of the game.

The Shaymen hit back before half-time through Dayle Southwell, meaning the visitors had to be content with a point, leaving them 11th in the table and seven points behind the play-off places.