Boreham Wood were knocked out of the FA Cup by fellow National League side Torquay United at the fourth qualifying round stage on Saturday.

Jake Andrews and Jamie Read put Torquay two goals ahead before the half-hour mark before Tyrone Marsh’s penalty halved the deficit. Ben Whitfield restored the two-goal cushion and although a late own-goal once again pulled Wood back into it, there wasn’t enough time left to hit an equaliser.

Wood were close to going ahead after 18 minutes when Sorba Thomas fired in a corner, but Marsh’s resulting header bounced back off the post and away to safety.

Shortly after, Torquay edged in front when a well-worked short corner routine resulted in Andrews firing past Nathan Ashmore, and within minutes their lead was doubled when Reid fired into the top corner.

The hosts continued to attack towards the end of the half but couldn’t make the most of a slip by David Stephens, instead allowing the defence to clear for a corner which came to nothing.

That would have surely put Torquay out of sight, so they will have been kicking themselves 10 minutes into the second half when they allowed Wood to come back into the game. Connor Smith went down in the box and Marsh made no mistake from the penalty spot to make it 2-1.

More poor defending from Luke Garrard’s side allowed Torquay to regain their advantage though as Whitfield was left with a simple tap in.

A second goal did arrive for the visitors when Smith’s cross was diverted into his own goal by one of the Torquay defenders, but it was too little too late and the hosts go into tonight’s draw for the first round.

Next up for Wood is a return to league action as they host AFC Fylde this Saturday at 3pm.