REPORT | Aldershot Town 2-0 Wrexham

Macclesfield Town
Posted:Sat 25 Nov 2017

After the Dragons had gone three games without letting in a goal, it was the home side who deservedly netted twice in the first third of this match to ultimately decide this result.

Forwards Mensah and Fenelon did the damage, in what was probably the best display by an opposing side we have faced this season.

The Reds went unchanged for the third game running, as James Jennings continued his recovery from injury.

Following an injury to the far side assistant, when a clearing Aldershot defender drove the ball at the man in black, the Shots moved the ball around nicely and Adam McDonnell right wing cross deceived everyone in the Wrexham six-yard box, eventually going out for a goal kick by the far corner flag.

Wrexham though were pushing forward up the slope and caused more than a few moments of concern for the home defence. Forcing corners and free kicks, allowing the two centre backs to get forward for the set pieces.

It was from another quick break on 15 minutes, that the Dragons, who had an early chance to clear, finally conceded after more than three games worth of clean sheets. But the ball ran kindly for the Shots, was played across from the left wing, leaving Carrington marking two attackers at the back post and when McDonnell fired back across the face of the visitors’ goal, Bernard Mensah was in enough space to fire home from five yards out.

The situation very nearly got worse two minutes later, as more close interplay saw the Shots overwhelm a retreating Wrexham defence and Shamir Fenelon’s effort went narrowly wide of the right-hand post.

On 29 minutes, Carrington’s pass set Reid away on the left, his deep cross was reached by Rutherford, who was faced by the chasing keeper Lewis Ward. The winger cut his cross back, looking for Holroyd, but as the striker arrived it was whipped away from him by a covering defender.

Wrexham manager Dean Keates at Aldershot

A minute later Reid made a great run down the right channel, he was fed by Roberts, beat the offside trap and with just the keeper to beat, he slipped a shot under the advancing Ward, but as everyone watched on it missed the left hand upright.

Then straight to the other end and a shot from McDonnell hit the underside of the crossbar, bounced down and out. Although Dunn was quickly to his feet, he was unsure where the it had bounced to and this allowed Fenelon time to dart forward and stab home.

On 36 minutes, a quick break for Wrexham saw Rutherford make ground before crossing for Reid in the middle, but the striker’s first-time effort from 15-yards carried over the home cross bar.

The was a yellow card for Carrington just before the break, when he nudged Fenelon from behind, as the striker looked to chase a through pass into the box. There were a few nervous moments though, as we waited to see that referee Adam Bromley only deemed it worthy of a caution.

From the set piece, McDonnell’s shot from 25-yards, clipped the end of the Wrexham wall and forced Dunn to dive to his right to make the save.

Ht 2-0

On 52 minutes, after a period of patient build up by the Shots, a diagonal cross into the box saw Fabien Robert stoop to flick the ball on with his head and force Dunn into a diving save going to his left.

With Wrexham looking for a route back into the game, Aldershot were doing their job in defence.

Wrexham's Chris Holroyd on the ball at Aldershot

It was on the hour before we could get a period of sustained pressure, with Rutherford forcing a clearing defensive header and other efforts blocked before the Dragons could get through on the home goal.

Then a double substitution on 61 minutes, as Ntumba Massanka and Jack Mackreth came on for Kelly and Wright respectively.

Shortly afterwards, the Shots had to make a change with Jake Gallagher on for the injured Alexander.

With his first touch Tums beat the offside trap on the wing and ended up seeing his shot blocked for a corner. One that Kelly swung in from the left and, under pressure, Ward was forced to punch clear.

While Wrexham were enjoying more of the possession in the final 20 minutes, it was not being turned into efforts on the home goal, as there were plenty of red and blue shirts defending deep.

There was a booking for Kelly on 78 minutes, as he lost the ball in midfield and caught Gallagher late in an attempt to get it back. The substitute retained possession though and fired off a long-range effort that was always too high to worry Dunn.

As the board for an additional five minutes was displayed to the crowd, the visitors sent on Scott Boden for Kelly – maybe partly to stop him being sent off, as he received a long talking to for a seemingly nothing tackle.

As added time played out, Massanka headed down a high Carrington pass for Holroyd to fire home, but the assistant's flag was up for an offside decisison against the onloan Burnley man. 

Aldershot Town: Ward, Alexander (Gallagher 64), Evans, Fenelon (McClure 86), Mensah, Kellerman, Rowe, McDonnell, Fowler, Reynolds, Robert (Rendell 69).
Subs: Skinner, Lyons-Foster.

Wrexham: Dunn, Roberts, M Smith, Pearson, Carrington, Rutherford, Wright (Mackreth 61, Wedgbury, Kelly (Boden 90), Holroyd, Reid (Massanka 61).
Subs: Dibble, Hurst.

Referee: A Bromley (Devon)
Attendance: 2,377
Away: 267

Bookings -
Carrington (44, foul), Kelly (79, foul)

Photographs courtesy of Alun Roberts (AJAR Photographics)

Wrexham's Kevin Roberts clears at Aldershot

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