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Shots three points adrift of safety as winless run continues

A 3-2 defeat at home to Lincoln City leaves Aldershot Town stuck in the Skrill Premier relegation zone

Andy Scott

If we didn't know it before, we do now – Aldershot Town are in serious trouble at the foot of the Conference Premier table.

This latest setback, a 3-2 home defeat to Lincoln City, takes their winless run to six matches and sees the Shots three points adrift of safety.

And with the likes of rivals Tamworth and Chester to come in the next two matches, the pressure is starting to mount on Andy Scott's men.

Twice Lincoln led and twice Aldershot equalised, through Bradley Bubb and Josh Scott, with all four goals coming from set-pieces.

But this time the Shots couldn't hold on for a share of the spoils with in-form Ben Tomlinson earning the Imps all three points 19 minutes from time.

"I just feel we have let ourselves down again,” disappointed boss Scott said afterwards.

“Although we came back twice in the game you cannot defend like we defended and we've conceded three goals and you can't afford to have to score three or four goals every week.

"To have to score three or four goals to get a result is not good enough and Lincoln looked more dangerous going forward and after scoring our second goal we didn't create enough to score a third.

"We've got to win games now and it's about doing the basics right because they scored three goals from two set plays and we haven't defended them.

"We changed it around so players do their jobs and after conceding two set piece goals we didn't look dangerous."

The Shots got off to the worst possible start, when, on five minutes, Sean Newton swung in a corner from the left and Tom Miller rose completely unmarked at the near post to head past Aldershot's new goalkeeper Alan Martin, the former Scottish Under 21 international.

Scott's men, however, responded well and after the front three of Bubb, Josh Scott and Brett Williams all went close, they were level. Jordan Roberts swung over a corner from the right and Bubb stole in unchallenged to head the ball into the centre of goal.

But just when the Shots were looking to seize control, disaster struck again.

Another corner, this time from the right, was swung in by Newton and Thierry Audel seized upon more defensive uncertainty to bundle the ball in off the underside of the crossbar.

Aldershot were struggling to find any momentum going forward but were thrown a lifeline on 53 minutes. Joe Oastler floated over a free-kick from the halfway line into the box and Josh Scott leapt highest to loop a header beyond keeper Nick Townsend and into the corner – his first for the club.

But instead of turning the screw it was Lincoln who looked the most likely thereon.

Both Williams and Adam Webster were forced to hack clear by their own goal-line and in the end, the pressure told when on 71 minutes, Danny Rowe broke the offside trap to run clear down the right.

He checked inside Webster and crossed deep to Alan Power and his nod back found Tomlinson, who swept the ball into the corner.

Shell-shocked Aldershot had no answer and never looked like levelling for a third time – in fact Lincoln should have made it four in the dying embers when substitute Bohan Dixon danced his way around three half-hearted challenges down the right and centred for Power, whose shot of the turn flew inches wide.

ALDERSHOT: Martin, Gibbs, Oastler, Webster, Barker, Taiwo (Rowlands 84), Stanley, Roberts (Plummer 77), B Williams, Bubb, Scott. Subs: Tonkin, Mekki, L Williams.

Ref: Adam Bromley. Att: 1,944 (192).

 

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