Dramatic late come back from the Shots denies Cards victory

Aldershot Town claimed the bragging rights in the local derby after two late goals inside seven minutes dented Woking’s hopes of taking all three points.

The Cards led 2-1 with two minutes to go before the Aldershot Town late show compliments of Corie Andrews and Mikael Ndjoli salvaged all three points.

With a crowd of over 5,000   inside the Laithwaite and an electric atmosphere, the kick off was delayed by ten minutes. It was the visitors who had the first chance of the game in the fifth minute when Jacob Berkeley-Agyepong’s deflected shot clipped the cross bar.

Two minutes later the Cards took the lead after Inih Effiong picked out Max Kretzschmar with one touch fired past Laurie Walker.

The hosts continued to have the lion’s share of possession with Tyreke Johnson’s effort parried by Walker with Kretzschmar volleying over following up. Effiong’s physical threat up front was continuing to cause the Shots problems. However, the big man should have done better after being played in by Tyreke Johnson, but his effort was well wide off the mark.

With two minutes of added time shown on the board, Aldershot almost drew level but were denied by a stunning save from Craig Ross following Jayden Harris’s volley as the host went into the break with a one goal lead.

Despite being denied by Ross, within a minute of the restart Harris this time was on hand with a header from Kinsella’s cross to draw Aldershot level. The Shots were dominated proceedings in the early exchanges of the half with Berkeley-Agyepong shotting from distance with Ross parrying the ball straight to Corie Andrews with the forward called back for offside

Cards manager Alan Dowson made a double substitution by bringing on Kyran Lofthouse and Jamar Loza, and it was one of these that was instrumental in restoring Woking’s lead. Loza’s trickery was ended when he was tripped inside the area. Kretzschmar- who scored from the spot to rescue a point for the Cards on Boxing Day- stepped up and confidently despatched the penalty into the bottom corner.

Ross was on hand to deny Aldershot an equaliser after parrying away Harris’s shot, before late drama saw Aldershot draw level.

With time running out it was the turn of the Shots to be awarded a penalty when substitute Tommy Willard was brought down in the area. Up stepped Andrews to slot the spot kick past Ross.

With seven minutes of added time shown Ross came to Woking’s rescue twice, but could do nothing about the Shots winner after a deep cross from Kinsella found  Ndjoli who squeezed the ball into the near post to send the 1,150 Shots fans into raptures, and complete Aldershot’s dominance over Woking in recent league encounters

Woking   2      Aldershot Town  3

Vanarama National League Sunday 3rd January 2022

Attendance 5,171 ( 1,150)

Peter Moore at the Laithwaite Community Stadium