Shortwood United shock Aldershot Town to set up FA Cup first round home tie against League One Port Vale
SHORTWOOD United booked an FA Cup first round home tie against League One Port Vale after a breathtaking giant-killing at Skrill Premier Aldershot Town in the fourth and final qualifying replay tonight, Tuesday.
A penalty from leading scorer Duncan Culley and a fine finish from Adam Mann saw the Wood hit two second half goals in three minutes to record their finest result in their 113 year history and pocket £12,500 in prize money.
Part-time outfit Wood belied their lower Calor Gas South and West Southern League status to deal with their illustrious full-time professionals, who are three leagues above the tier eight Nailsworth side.
The Wood started brightly with Matt Bennett catching the eye. John Evans’ and Alex Sykes’ side more than matched the Shots in the first half, but trailed at the break when Matt Patterson gave Andy Scott’s side the lead on 16 minutes.
Shortwood hit the ground running after the interval- Culley had a header cleared off the line, but soonafter his side were in dreamland. The hot-shot striker was upended in the box and kept his nerve to smash home the resulting 56th minute penalty for his 14th goal in 16 games.
Two minutes later it was 2-1. A fine counter attack saw captain Jake Parrott free Mann, who fizzed in a sublime left-footed finish.
Wood continued to boss the tie and right-back Sam Avery should have made it 3-1 from a Parrott free-kick, but the burly defender nodded wide.
Kevin Slack replaced Culley, but the plucky Meadowbank side comfortably held on despite Chris Barker missing a great chance to net parity with six minutes to go.
Emotional scenes followed with the players and staff celebrating with their large and vocal following in the south stand of the EBB Stadium.
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