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Adam Meks the difference for Shots in 1-0 win over Hyde

Adam Mekki's fine individual goal on the stroke of half time was enough to hand nervous Aldershot Town a big three points againstr Hyde in their effort to avoid the drop

Adam Mekki scored the vital winner to hand Aldershot Town a vital three points

Marvellous Adam Mekki conjured up a rare moment of magic to hand a nervous Aldershot Town a timely boost in their bid to avoid relegation.

The homegrown star lit up an otherwise dour game with a fine piece of individual skill on the stroke of half time as Andy Scott's men edged past a plucky Hyde at the ESS Stadium.

And it proved vital as defeats for relegation rivals Hereford United and Chester meant that the Shots moved to within one point of safety with six games to play.

“We’ve got belief in the side and it’s all to play for still,” a confident yet relieved Scott surmised after the match on March 29.

“This was always going to be a banana skin if we wanted to make it that but we approached the game properly.

“We didn’t help ourselves at times, and we did look tired today, but it’s a clean sheet and three points. That’s all we care about.”

Mekki's game-changing moment came in first-half injury-time, somehow squirming away from four Hyde defenders in a packed penalty area with a casual back heel before finding the bottom corner with a nicely-angled cross-shot past keeper Chris Kettings.

Up until that point this was a game devoid of any real quality or entertainment value, contested between two teams lacked in confidence and self-belief.

Thankfully, it got a little better after the break with Jordan Roberts and Josh Scott going close.

But Hyde, already relegated with just one league win to their name all season, weren't ready to lie down and with the Shots losing defenders Anthony Tonkin and Chris Barker to calf injuries, the home defence were stretched in keeping them out.

Both Adam Thurston and substitute James Kirby breached the nervy Shots back line, only to be thwarted by Glenn Morris, while the Shots keeper was called upon again in a tense finale to deny Connor Hughes with a low save.

Much to Scott's relief, the Shots held on for a big three points, but with trips to runaway leaders Luton and promotion seekers Alfreton to come in the next two games, there's plenty more work to do yet.

Shots: Morris; Gibbs, Phillips, Barker (Oastler 65), Tonkin (Butler 12); Stanley, Oyeleke; Molesley, Mekki, Roberts (Cornick 68); Scott. Subs: Rowlands, Martin.

Ref: Amy Fearn. Att:1,591 (29).

 

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