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Shots go in search of derby delight

Aldershot Town warmed up for their crunch Bank Holiday tussle against Woking with a hard-fought 3-2 victory over Salisbury

Brett Williams wheels away in celebration after scoring the first of his two goals in the 3-2 win over Salisbury City

Andy Scott is planning to reward the long-suffering fans of Aldershot Town with something egg-stra special this Easter – a win at rivals Woking to secure their Skrill Premier status.

Scott's men continued their timely surge out of the relegation places with a hard-fought victory over mid-table Salisbury, despite letting slip a two-goal lead.

And it sets them up nicely for Monday's crunch derby with the high-flying Cards where victory will all but secure their safety with results elsewhere going their way.

An early double from top scorer Brett Williams put the Shots in cruise control before five minutes of defensive madness allowed Ryan Brett and Charlie Sheringham to pop up and silence the home crowd.

But Scott's men refused to lie down and Joe Oastler's close-range finish just 90 seconds into the re-start proved enough to earn the points and pull the Shots three points clear of the drop zone with two games to play.

“We've given ourselves a big chance,” a relieved Scott said afterwards. “We'll see how other results go but it's not over and we want to go to Woking on Monday and give ourselves a chance of finishing it off then. It's what the fans deserve.

“We were so comfortable at 2-0 at was ridiculous but then we've buckled and we've had to go and win the game twice in the end. At half-time it would have been easy to rant and rave but we stayed calm and it's paid off.

“I can't criticise my players, they've been under a lot of pressure recently and to take seven points out of nine with the run we've had has been fantastic.”

Irrespective of the club's status next season, Scott will struggle to fend off summer interest for top scorer Williams, who gained a few admirers with a deadly double inside seven minutes.

First, he latched onto Craig Stanley's through ball before coolly slotting past the advancing Will Puddy on 16 minutes.

Then, the former Reading hitman struck goal number 24 for the season from the penalty spot after Mark Molesley's 20-yard effort struck the hand of Kevin Amankwaah.

But just when the points looked in the bag, Aldershot's defensive frailty from set-pieces reared their ugly head again. A short corner this time had them at sixes and sevens, Stuart Sinclair's chipped cross found Brett at the far post, his initial effort was well parried by Glenn Morris, but made no mistake with his follow-up.

Then, five minutes later, Amakwaah's deep free-kick into the box wasn't dealt with, Glenn Wilson headed back across the face of goal and Sheringham – playing in front of his Dad Teddy, standing in the East Bank – headed home from close range.

Scott was clearly by riled by his side's capitulation but his dressing down worked a treat as the Shots regained the lead within two minutes of the re-start. Anthony Tonkin's in-swinging corner from the right was flicked on at the near post by Mark Phillips and Oastler was on hand to bundle the ball home from close range.

Josh Scott and Adam Mekki were both denied by Puddy as the Shots went in search of a killer fourth, but the home side were almost indebted to keeper Glenn Morris for clawing away efforts from Dan Fitchett and substitute Chris McPhee.

Aldershot: Morris; Tonkin, Oastler, Phillips (Butler 90), Roberts (Barker 76); Molesley (Rowlands 80), Stanley, Oyeleke, Mekki; Williams, Scott. Subs: Bubb, L Williams.

Ref: Kevin Johnson. Att: 2,485

 

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