A match view from Shortwood's Jim Cunneen
FA Cup fourth qualifying round
Aldershot Town 1 Shortwood United 2
SHORTWOOD carried on where they left off on Saturday as for the second time in three days they showed themselves to be the better side against Conference Premier outfit Aldershot Town.
There is no doubt that Shortwood deserved this result and they now go on to play League One outfit Port Vale.
Co-manager John Evans said: “The team was magnificent and our fans were magnificent – they roared us on for the full 90 minutes and really gave the team a lift.
“Fair play to the Aldershot fans as well, who again showed what sporting people they’re. The ovation they gave Jake Parrott when he came off in the last minute and the way they stayed to applaud us off the pitch was tremendous-as for the team they gave me everything and more.”
The match had a very similar story to Saturday’s – Aldershot took an early lead and Wood came back at them, except this time Shortwood scored two goals in five minutes in the second half.
Aldershot had the early play and Brett Williams, lifted the ball over King and the crossbar from close range. After 13 minutes Young had a goal ruled out for offside before the Shots took the lead after 16 minutes.
A through ball sliced open the Wood defence and Matt Paterson ran on to shoot low past King. Wood started to come back at the hosts and Duncan Culley fired a shot just past the near post and Shot’s keeper Williams had to be quick off his line to deny Culley.
Wood had a golden chance to level but Sam Avery’s header from Parrott’s’ whipped free- kick flew over. With 34 minutes gone Tom King was called into action to parry Gibb’s low effort but by this time it was Aldershot who were beginning to feel the pressure. Culley went down the flank and Williams had to be brave to cut out his low cross and Wood finished the half on top.
After just two minutes of the second half Wood came within inches of levelling as Culley’s effort was cleared off the line before Wood levelled after 51 minutes. Adam Mann pushed the ball into the box, Tim Haddock put Goodman under pressure and he handled the ball. After a long delay Culley showed great presence of mind to hammer the ball home. Four minutes later Wood were in dreamland. A poor free- kick failed to clear the first defender and the ball fell to Parrott. A perfect through ball found Adam Mann and he raced through before hitting the ball across Williams and just inside the far post to cause delirium amongst the fans and the players.
The job was far from done- and Roberts still caused problems with jinky runs but Shortwood remained calm and resolute and refused to panic. In fact the better chances continued to fall to the Wood. Mann had a field day down the flank; Avery headed a chance wide of the far post.
A dangerous free-kick evaded everyone and bounced into the grateful arms of King and Paterson shanked badly wide. Kevin Slack replaced Culley and his freshness and running tormented the Aldershot back line. As the time grew close to the end Haddock missed by inches and in the last minute Parrott limped from the fray with cramp. The Aldershot fans rose to clap him from the park.
Shortwood played out the five minutes of extra- time before wild celebrations and the players, staff and supporters were as one in celebrating the tremendous achievement. Never has the nickname the mighty Wood been more deserving.
SHORTWOOD: King, Avery, Bennett, Pritchett, Coates, Haddock, Hancock, Parrott (Brown 89), Mann, Baldwin, Culley (Slack 74).
Subs not used: Herbert, Sykes, Hoskins, Lawson, Langworthy .
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