MATCH REPORT: Aldershot Town 3 Boreham Wood 2

Aldershot Town overcame an in-form Boreham Wood side to win 3-2 at the EBB Stadium on Tuesday evening.

The visitors took an early lead through Kane Smith when he cross evaded everyone to nestle in the corner.

However, three goals in the second half, including a brace for defender Kodi Lyons-Foster and a cracking finish from Jacob Berkeley-Agyepong sealed the win for The Shots.

Substitute Adam May’s deflected shot gave the away side hope towards the end, but the hosts hung on and moved up to 14th in the Vanarama National League.

Danny Searle made one change from the win at Maidenhead United on Saturday. It was enforced with Kodi Lyons-Foster replacing Lewis Kinsella after the left back picked up an injury at the weekend.

After a somewhat cagey start from both teams, Harrison Panayiotou had the best just of the game so far with eight minutes on the clock. Alex Finney drove forward into space on the left-hand-side before finding the striker just inside the area, but his left-footed effort went just over.

Two minutes later, his strike partner Lewis Walker also had a chance but he couldn’t direct Craig Tanner’s cross on target with his head at the near post.

Unfortunately it was Boreham Wood who took the lead just a few minutes later in the 13th minute through somewhat unusual circumstances. Smith came forward on the right-hand-side before floating a dangerous cross in on his left foot. The ball evaded everyone and found its way into the bottom left corner, deceiving Mitch Walker between the sticks.

Panayiotou came close again in the 25th minute after brilliant skill from Tanner on the right saw him find a cross, but the winger narrowly evaded his teammate at the back post.

Dean Rance also had a headed opportunity in the 43rd minute, but he too was unable to direct his effort on goal at the near post from a corner.

In the 52nd minute James Rowe’s free-kick was well parried by goalkeeper Nathan Ashmore. However, the ball would go that one step further in the resulting corner a minute later. It was whipped in by Tanner and it was Lyons-Foster who came steaming in at the back post to head home and level the match.

Astonishingly, 15 minutes later, it was Lyons-Foster again to almost identically recreate his first goal. It was Tanner with the corner and the centre-back managed to shovel the ball home at the back post.

It was about to get better as well, as the Shots managed to extend their lead through Berkeley-Agyepong. Panayiotou led a counter-attack before finding the winger striding forward on the left. After initially letting the ball run out to the left, he whipped a venemous strike into the right corner, giving Ashmore no chance.

Alex Finney almost got in on the act when his effort from outside the box was parried over the bar by Ashmore.

Adam May reduced the deficit in the 86th minute. Walker parried only as far as the Boreham Wood 22 whose shot deflected and squirmed past Walker at the near post.

Aldershot Town XI: 1. M Walker, 4. D Rance, 6 K Lyons-Foster, 8 J Rowe, 11. H Panyiotou, 15. A Finney, 16. G Fowler, 21 J Berkeley-Agyepong (Chislett 87′), 23. J-Y Koue Niate, 24. L Walker (Whittingham 90′), 26. C Tanner

Unused Subs: Shields, Van Velzen, Miller

Boreham Wood XI: 17. N Ashmore, 3. F Ilesanmi, 4. M Ricketts, 5. T Champion, 7. P Mingoia (Rhead 57′), 8. A McDonnell (May 57′), 9. K Tshimanga, 11 T Marsh, 12. J Fyfield, 14. S Thomas, 19. K Smith (Yussuf 90′)

Unused Subs: Smith, Stephens