Shots come up trumps

Aldershot Town

Aldershot Town

Bentley (4)
Slough Town

Slough Town

League Attendance: 1762 Steve Daly
After two successive victories Slough were hoping to keep the same side for the eagerly awaited tie against promotion hopefuls Aldershot Town.

Sadly for the Rebels though they lost James Lambert and Dave Rainford through injury and Mark Hall out because of food poisoning.

This saw recalls for Chris White, who took up a unorthodox midfield position and Paul Barrowcliff partner him. Paul Coombs also returned to the starting line up.

Aldershot started the match much the better side and took the lead with their first serious attack after only four minutes. Steve Stott was controversially pulled up for a handball offence on the right. Jason Chewins crossed the ball in from the left and found its way to Matt Crossley. He passed the ball to Gary Abbott who laid the ball off to Mark Bentley, who curled the ball in from the edge of the area.

The goal affected Slough's confidence and Aldershot took full advantage.

Soon after good chances fell to Abbott, who shot over on the half volley from the edge of the area and Payne who shot wide after turning Stott inside out.

On 30 minutes Steve Mautone kept Slough into the game with a world class save. A scramble in the box saw Crossley head towards goal and Mautone somehow tipped the ball over the bar.

On the stroke of half time Shots keeper Stuart Searle was called into his first save of the match. Junior Haynes, on for the injured Thompson crossed in from the right and Garry Cross's diving header was well held by the Shots keeper.

Slough needed to pull themselves together as they were lucky to only be one nil down at half time. Damien Markman was introduced immediately in place of Chris Allen with Junior Haynes moving to a familiar left wing position.

Markman's introduction seemed to spark Slough into life almost immediately. He jigged past both Owen Coll and Matt Crossley and with only Searle to beat he fired well over the bar.

Slough were playing much better in this half and arguably were the better side, but despite the fact that they were controlling the Aldershot attack and battling well in midfield the Rebels did not have enough attacking threat up front.

Half chances at the end fell to Abbott and Chewins for Aldershot and Haynes and Markman for Slough and despite a ten minute spell at the end of the match where the Rebels were camped in the Shots half, for all their hard efforts could not equalise.

Aldershot Town Lineup

Searle, Kirby, Chewins, Crossley, Coll, Kuhl, Graham, Bentley, Abbott, Payne, Gell. Subs: Andrews, Ullathorne, Adedeji.


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