MATCH REPORT: Shots 1-2 Maidenhead

It was a tale of two halves with no reward for the Shots, as a dominant second half which saw Inih Effiong score was not enough, with Maidenhead walked away with all the points thanks to first half goals from Remy Clerima and Will De Havilland

Maidenhead started the game brightly, and they took the lead in the 9th minute after Remy Clerima slipped past Ollie Harfield to find himself in space, and he finished past Ryan Hall in the Shots net.

Ryan Hall was forced into a good save in the 19th minute, getting down low to deny Maidenhead a second goal, but the resulting corner yealded less success as Will De Havilland headed home to make it 2 after just 19 minutes.

Ryan Hall had to make another save just a few minutes later, this time denying Emile Acquah who had wrestled the ball off of Corey Jordan in the Shots box.

Aldershot began to grow in to the game, and had their first sight of goal after some good transition play gave Archie Davies a chance to put a ball into the box, but his low cross was straight at Dan Gyollai.

Shots had another sighter in the 35th minute, after a well delivered corner was glanced on by Tyler Cordner, but nobody was able to get onto the end of it, seeing the ball go away from goal.

Despite Shots growing into the game, they were unable to find a response to Maidenhead’s strong start, meaning the Shots went into the break 2 goals behind.

Ross McNeilly looked to the bench during the interval, bringing on Justin Amaluzor and Michael Klass for Faysal Bettcahe and Giles Phillips, putting Tyler Cordner back into the defence, after he spent the first 45 in the midfield, with Inih Effiong also taking the armband from Phillips.

Shots started the second half as well as they ended the first, and it was the new captain Inih Effiong who bullied the Maidenhead defence and found himself with a golden opportunity, which he converted to get Aldershot back into the game in the 52nd minute.

Tyler Cordner continued to look a threat from set pieces, and his closest effort came after an hour, as he headed an Archie Davies corner agonisingly past the post. Just moments later Cordner linked up well with Klass in the Maidenhead half, with Klass’ effort going past the post as Shots continued to push for the leveller.

Shots were pushing for another goal, and with less than 10 minutes to play Effiong and Amaluzor linked up well to force their way into the box, but were unable to capitalise on their good play as the ball was cleared by Maidenhead.

Despite all the Aldershot pressure, Maidenhead were able to cling on for all the points at the EBB.

Shots team: 13. Ryan Hall, 2. Archie Davies, 3. Ollie Harfield, 5. Tyler Cordner, 8. Frank Vincent, 9. Inih Effiong, 16. Corey Jordan, 17. Faysal Bettache (7. Justin Amaluzor, 46′), 22. Giles Phillips (C)(20. Michael Klass, 46′), 23. Ryan Glover (18. Ody Alfa, 84′), 27. Tommy Willard, Unused subs: 33. Alex McAllister, 34. Oliver Lahtinen-Kalsi.