REPORT | Aldershot Town 1-0 Wrexham

Macclesfield Town
Posted:Sat 21 Sep 2019

As a game of few chances seemed to be heading towards a goalless stalemate, the lively home striker Harrison Panyiotou had other ideas and finished from close range to give the Shots the three points, as they caught us on the break, deep in into added time.

It was another afternoon when the Dragons can feel somewhat hard done by, as they had the better of possession over the course, but it's goals that win games.

The match started with a Wrexham free kick on four minutes, the ball was played into the home area, where Shaun Pearson headed it down and Mark Harris followed up to fire a rising shot from the edge of the box over the Aldershot cross bar.

Three minutes later and the Shots responded with their first raid down the slope, with Harrison Panyiotou escaping on his right flank, before firing a low cross in front of the Wrexham goal, but he was well ahead of any of his team-mates.

Wrexham responded from another dead ball situation a few minutes later and Luke Young’s effort from 20-yards deflected off the wall and away for a corner.

Following good work by Akil Wright through the middle, the ball switched to Harris and the striker’s effort from distance was well held by keeper Mitch Walker.

With 20 minutes on the clock, a Young corner was delivered from the right and although Pearson rose highest to get his head on the ball, he was always under it and the effort carried a few feet over the target,

A further seven minutes on and a nice Wrexham move ended with Mark Carrington delivering a deep cross to the back post, where Wright popped up with a stinging header that Walker needed both hands behind to push away for a corner.

A left-wing cross for Aldershot was met by the head of Panyiotou, but his effort was deflected high and behind for a corner by Michael Chambers with 10 minutes of the first half remaining.

Home midfielder Jack Powell was counting himself unlucky, when hit fired a clearance back into the Wrexham box and it sailed inches over Christian Dibble’s cross bar, shortly before the break.

Then Alefe Santos hit a shot on the run from 25-yards, that took a knick off a defender for an Aldershot corner.

Wrexham enjoyed the majority of possession in an opening 45 minutes where they played up the slope on this beautifully cared for pitch – thanks to Aldershot’s tie in with Chelsea.

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From an early shots corner, the ball was played back in again and cannoned off the heel of Wright towards his own goal but lifted over the bar for a second corner.

The home side were obviously lifting their game and Alex Fletcher sent in a header that Dibble touched onto his crossbar before it was cleared.

Chambers earned for the first yellow card on 55 minutes, for a foul on Connor Shields, directly in front of goal, some 30-yards out. Although Powell’s effort from the restart flew into the home fans behind that goal.

Powell had another dead ball chance for the home team on 64 minutes, but this time his low curling effort was wide of Dibbs’ left hand upright.

Then Ben Tollitt was sent on for Harris a minute later.

Immediately, the on loan winger pushed forward after a long ball by Carrington and as it dropped on the far side of the home penalty area Young lashed a shot wide from six-yards.

There was a coming together between Bobby Grant and Lewis Kinsella, in front of the dugouts, but the referee satisfied himself by giving a stern lecture to the pair.

Barton was next in the book for pushing over an opponent on the edge of the ‘D’. This gave a third chance to Powell, but he could only fire his effort into the Wrexham wall. The ball did break loose and was crossed deep and wasn’t far from an onrushing attacker, but he couldn’t make contact.

At the other end, Jennings did get his head onto a Wrexham free kick, but despite leaping high he couldn’t quite direct it on target and it crept just wide of the Aldershot goal on 73 minutes.

A double switch four minutes later, had Paul Rutherford and Luke Summerfield on for Wright and Barton respectively.

There was a big moment on 80 minutes, when Jennings’ ball into the home box was headed goalwards by Oswell and as Grant stepped across the keeper, who would otherwise have grabbed it, his chipped effort carried over the cross bar from only a few yards out.

A third caution went to Pearson on 88 minutes, as he returned from going forward at a Wrexham freekick and brought down Aaron Eyoma on the halfway line

As the 90 minutes expired, substitute Eyoma then forced Dibble into a diving save with Young on hand to hook the ball clear. Before Shamir Mullings then spun and fired high over the Wrexham goal.

Five minutes of added time were indicated and Oswell forced a corner at the other end.

Aldershot cleared the danger and raced up field where a bouncing ball into the Wrexham box was forced home by Panyiotou, despite Dibble getting a hand to the ball low to his right.

Giving Aldershot the lead deep into the added minutes and their first home win of the season.

Aldershot Town: Walker, Kinsella, Lyons-Foster, Santos, Shields (Mullings 85), Panyiotou, Fowler, Chislett, Hunt, Fletcher Eyoma 74), Powell.
Subs: Whittingham, Kidyiwa, Berkeley-Agyepong.

Wrexham: Dibble, Carrington, Pearson, Chambers, Jennings, Young, Wright (Rutherford 77), Barton (Summerfield 77), Grant, Oswell, Harris (Tollitt 65).
Subs: Szczepaniak, Redmond.

Referee: Declan Bourne
Attendance: 1,673
Away: 203

Bookings -
Wrexham: Chambers (55, foul), Barton (69, foul), Pearson (88, foul)

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