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Aldershot Town kick-started 2018 with a mirror-image performance of their last visit to the Laithwaite Community Stadium, after Scott Rendell scored another last-minute goal against his former team.

For the third time in 10 days, Aldershot Town scored in the dying minutes of the game to secure the three points which maintained their second place in the National League.

Rendell set them on their way in the 28th minute after a long, deep cross from James Rowe in midfield failed to meet Bernard Mensah but still won a throw in for the visitors. Rowe then delivered another cross which enabled Rendell, at the near post, to easily head the ball past Nathan Baxter.

The second leg of the furiously competitive local derby double header was off to a flying start after Kellermann robbed Joey Jones and took the opportunity to power forward; however, Jones pulled him down before he could advance further. Bobby-Joe Taylor took the free kick and, after a Rendell flick, Will Evans nodded it in from five yards only to be denied by the offside flag.

Gallagher had shot over the bar from close-range as he raced into the box to meet Taylor’s cross, and soon Cheye Alexander went close after Manny Oyeleke halted Woking’s attempt to counter. Fed into the path of Rendell, his initial cross was deflected back to Alexander and from 25 yards out the low drive was tipped over the bar by Baxter.

Effiong and Carter nearly scrambled a shot on target but The Shots could have doubled their lead on 38 minutes, as Rendell’s attempted tap-in from Rowe’s low pull-back was well blocked

The Cards, though, could have been level before the break, as Fowler blocked Effiong’s curling drive on the line after the striker had beaten Lewis Ward to a through ball, and then Banton and Carter were both denied in the same move as Ward again raced off his line to clear a pass.

The equaliser finally came within two minutes of the re-start when Joey Jones found Banton on the right to break towards the byline. His low pass was perfectly weight for Ferdinand to shoot into the bottom corner.

Rendell had two efforts go close midway through the second half but a draw seemed the most likely outcome until the 89th minute, when Gallagher got a decisive touch to a ball into the box and Rendell fired his shot from 12-yards past Baxter.

The celebrations on the away terrace were so exuberant that the game was delayed for several minutes and, even though Woking exerted late pressure on the Shots’ goal, the final whistle sparked further unbridled joy amongst the 1085 visiting supporters.

 

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