MATCH REPORT: Boreham Wood 1 Aldershot Town 0 (A)

Fyfield’s back-post header was enough for Aldershot Town to suffer their second defeat of the Vanarama National League season.

The Shots got off to a strong start, putting Boreham Wood FC under pressure which led to the away side creating some half chances.

A mis-hit clearance from Lyons-Foster almost saw Aldershot Town go behind in the match but Walker tipped it over for a corner.

Early pressure from the home side resulted in back-to-back corners in the tenth minute, however, assertive goalkeeping from Walker and brave defending from the Shots kept the score level.

Willard and Andrews broke through the right-hand side of Boreham Wood FC which lead Harris to strike the right post, however, the assistant flagged the play for offside.

Aldershot Town overcommitted players forward which saw the Woods have space on the right-hand side, but captain Kinsella expertly diffused the threat.

The Shots players continued to show gumption to win three headers in a row, which led to a free-kick as Willard was pulled down, however, nothing came from the set-piece.

Strong and robust defending was definitely the highlight of the first half for Aldershot Town.

The Shots made a quick start to the second half, fighting for every ball, however, it resulted in Harris and Ilesanmi both getting yellow cards as they tussled to get the ball.

Marsh’s well-taken free-kick from roughly 30-yards-out was stopped by Aldershot Town goalkeeper Walker.

After a dominant spell from Aldershot, Kinsella whipped a free-kick from the left-hand side into Lokko, whose header flew over the crossbar.

A training ground corner routine ended with Kinsella crossing the ball into the danger area, however, the cross caused trouble for Ashmore who was forced to tip the ball over the bar.

Mitch Walker’s world-class reactionary save against the run of play kept the game level.

Boreham Wood started to pile on the pressure in hopes to take the lead, however, another incredible save by Walker kept the away side in the game.

65 minutes in, and the deadlock was finally broken. Fyfield converted Raymond’s well-placed corner with a header at the back post.

The Shots continued to press the backline of Boreham Wood FC in hopes to find the equaliser, however, a flurry of chances just missed the target.

Aldershot Town showed heart and desire to get back into the game but it was not enough to walk away with a win at Meadow Park.

The Shots continue their Vanarama National League campaign on bank-holiday Monday when they host Yeovil Town at the EBB Stadium.

Aldershot Town FC: 1 M Walker (GK), 3 L Kinsella (C), 5 K Lokko, 6 K Lyons-Foster, 8 T Esder, 10 J Berkeley-Agyepong, 11 C Andrews (Ibrahim Akanbi 66′), 12 C Oxlade-Chamberlain, 22 G Phillips, 23 J Harris (Alfy Whittingham 87′), 27 T Willard (Elis Watts 76′)

Unused Substitutions: 13 Hall (GK), 2 Fowler.

Boreham Wood FC: 1 Nathan Ashmore, 3 Femi Ilesanmi, 4 Mark Ricketts (C), 5 Will Evans, 7 Josh Rees, 9 Scott Boden, 10 Tyrone Marsh, 11 Frankie Raymond (Connor Smith 71′), 12 Jamal Fyfield, 17 Jacob Mendy, 19 Kane Smith

Unused Substitutions: 13 Greed, 6 Stephens, 15 Munns, 16 Jallow.