MATCH REPORT: Aldershot Town 2 Boreham Wood 1 (H)

Aldershot Town got back to winning ways with a deserved 2-1 victory against Boreham Wood with goals from the returning Mikael Ndjoli and Jacob Berkeley-Agyepong.

The Shots made six changes to the side that were defeated 2-0 against Eastleigh FC last time out.

Ryan Hall returned from loan at Beaconsfield Town and immediately into the Aldershot Town starting line-up, with Mo Sylla, Mikael Ndjoli, Jacob Berkeley-Agyepong, Jayden Harris and Christian Oxlade-Chamberlain all brought in.

Those who came out of the starting line were: Ethan Ross, Kevin Lokko, Alfy Whittingham, Mo Bettamer, Ryan Glover and at the last-minute Corey Jordan, who looked to be injured in the warm-up with Lyons-Foster brought in to start instead.

It was a start that saw Aldershot Town offer a lot of attacking intent early on, with the returning Mikael Ndjoli winning a corner after good work from Jayden Harris in just the third minute.

But from the corner, the ball came to captain Lewis Kinsella as his long-range effort could only find the outside of the far post as The Shots looked to open the scoring in the game.

Another opportunity came Aldershot Town’s way three minutes later with the lively Mikael Ndjoli linking up with Christian Oxlade-Chamberlain down the right, with the latter able to tee up the onrushing Harris in the Boreham Wood penalty area.

But unfortunately for Aldershot Town, Harris could only fire his close-range effort over the bar.

Boreham Wood did create their best chance of the game so far after a Tommy Willard effort was well-held by Taye Ashby-Hammond down the other end.

Tyrone Marsh’s close-range effort on target was well-saved by Hall in the 17th minute with the follow-up corner well-dealt with by Hall and his defence too.

Boreham Wood had a spell of opportunities themselves with former Shot Will Evans’ header was wide at the far post, as just a minute later, Aldershot Town would take the lead through Mikael Ndjoli with a well-taken finish.

A long goal-kick from Hall catches out the Boreham Wood defence and is neatly collected by Ndjoli before the forward holds off Evans and smashes home from inside the penalty area and gave Aldershot Town a deserved lead.

The game evened out for a little while after this opening goal but the first-half ended in strange circumstances with Referee Adrian Quelch unable to continue through a calf injury, so Fourth Official Sean Phillips given the responsibility to referee the remainder of the game.

A late flurry of chances fell to Boreham Wood with no stoppage time board shown at the end of the half due to the changeover of referees just before half-time, but The Shots held firm and defended well to see out their 1-0 lead going into the second-half.

The second-half saw Boreham Wood come out for the second 45 well and found the equaliser through recent substitute Danilo Orsi in the 61st minute.

A long throw caused problems for Aldershot Town and despite their best efforts to defend it, the ball fell to Orsi whose effort was deflected and rolled into the back of the net despite the Aldershot Town players putting their bodies on the line to defend it.

Chances fell for both sides with recent substitute Dennon Lewis’ acrobatic effort firing wide of the near post in the 68th minute, after The Shots responded with a chance of their own through Tommy Willard’s left-footed effort went just wide of the near post.

However, the next best chance was brilliantly converted by Aldershot Town from Jacob Berkeley-Agyepong as a well-worked move gave the home side the lead in the 74th minute.

Starting from initial brilliant work from Jayden Harris, he laid the ball off to Berkeley-Agyepong who released Harris back down the left-hand side who cut the ball back to the onrushing Berkeley-Agyepong, who showed great composure to find the far bottom corner with a well-taken finish and give The Shots a deserved lead once again.

The final 15 minutes saw Aldershot Town show their defensive side and saw out the best efforts of Boreham Wood cleared away from the danger.

With a number of free-kick and corners coming in from Wood, efforts for Tyrone Marsh and Gus Mafuta were bravely defended by The Shots as they looked to see out the much-needed victory.

After this spell of pressure, the full-time whistle eventually blew and much to the joy and celebration of Aldershot Town players and supporters, The Shots finally got back to winning ways and gave them a much-needed lift going into a pivotal point of the season.

Aldershot Town are next in action next Saturday when they visit Yeovil Town on Good Friday next week.

Aldershot Town FC: 13 R Hall (G/K), 3 L Kinsella (C), 10 J Berkeley-Agyepong (Whittingham 85′), 12 C Oxlade-Chamberlain, 16 C Jordan,18 M Sylla, 20 M Ndjoli (Daniel 85′), 22 G Phillips, 23 J Harris, 26 A Saunders, 27 T Willard

Unused Subs: 31 C Coulter (G/K), 9 M Bettamer

Boreham Wood FC: 21 T Ashby-Hammond (G/K),5 W Evans, 7 J Rees (Orsi 35′), 8 G Mafuta, 9 S Boden (Clifton 79′), 10 T Marsh,12 J Fyfield (C), 16 J Comley, 17 J Mendy-Mendy, 19 K Smith (Lewis 60′), 26 C Stevens

Unused Subs: 6 D Stephens, 11 F Raymond