In a sometimes backs-against-the-wall second half, Andy Scott's Shots kept the Imps at bay to protect Brett Williams' 48th-minute penalty strike
For Aldershot Town, it was a week that simply got better and better.
This was a performance full of pride, passion and pace amid filthy conditions which did little to disrupt Shots' assured rhythm.
After Brett Williams’ 48th-minute penalty won the points, Andy Scott was effusive in his praise, saying: “It's a huge clean sheet.
"We played really well in the first half, but in the second half it was a different story – sometimes you've got to battle and win the war.
“You run out of words for these boys, it's incredible. I love working with them.
"Everyone works their socks off, the boys get on so well together and it's a pleasure to watch.”
The strong wind was at the Imps’ backs in the first half but, after Sean Newton’s dangerous low cross skidded through the six-yard box in just the third minute, it was the visitors who held sway.
Aldershot Town were always neater in possession and carried greater attacking threat, displaying the quality lacking from Lincoln City’s play.
Impressive Shots pressure created three fine chances in the 10th minute, as Jaydon Gibbs’ shot was fumbled by Farman. Stanley’s follow-up was also blocked by the goalkeeper and finally he saved Lewis Young’s point-blank drive at great personal discomfort.
By contrast, Nick Pope was relatively under-employed as Lincoln were restricted to half-chances and wayward long-range efforts. Pope did well to catch Nolan’s swerving 20-yard shot but both sides saw five shots apiece all fail to hit the target.
Lincoln’s best opportunity came when Jordan’s cross seemed certain to be tapped in, before Jake Goodman rushed in to intercept in the goalmouth, but within two minutes of the restart it was a defensive lapse which did prove decisive.
Roberts chipped in a cross which was needlessly tipped away by Nat Brown’s flailing arm, allowing Williams to atone for his miss against Grimsby and score with a confident penalty.
Thereafter, the Shots’ solidity came to the fore. Defending as a team, they withstood a resurgent response, albeit one which continued to display familiar failings.
Newton struck a free kick over the bar and Pope made two strong saves, adjusting his body to claim Foster’s shot which had deflected off Barker, and then reacting sharply as impressive substitute Wright turned quickly but shot straight into his arms.
Stand-in right-back Manny Oyeleke blocked Nolan’s shot before clearing Boyce’s opportunist effort off the line, and Rowlands nearly sealed the win with a 35-yard free kick which bounced off a scrambling Farman.
Promising positions continued to be wasted, and when Fairhurst floated a free kick wide of goal in injury time, 193 travelling supporters were able to rejoice in inflicting just a second home defeat of the season on a profligate City.
Consistency remains the next step for this burgeoning Shots side, but there is no doubting the quality which they are capable of.
ALDERSHOT: Pope; Oyeleke, Oastler, Goodman, Barker; Stanley, Molesley; Young, Gibbs (Rowlands 73), Roberts (Paterson 90); B Williams. Subs: Rowlands, Wickham, Douglas, L Williams.
Att: 2,748 (inc 193 away).