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Shots go west for five-star FA Trophy win

After salvaging a late home draw in the original tie, Shots enjoyed their travels and ultimately ran out as comfortable winners

Lewis Young scored two of Aldershot Town's goals

Aldershot Town righted the wrongs of their weekend FA Trophy escape against Weston-super-Mare with a 5-2 replay win in Somerset on Tuesday night.

Aiden O'Brien's 93rd-minute equaliser at the ESS Stadium had saved Andy Scott's Shots from defeat against their Skrill South opponents.

And goals from O'Brien, Lewis Young (2), Matt Paterson and Craig Stanley saw Aldershot to victory in the replay - earning a second round tie against Worcester City - despite a thrilling second-half rally from their hosts.

Yet again though, the result was achieved at a cost as left-back Daniel Butler was stretchered off just minutes into the game with suspected knee ligament damage.

Having just missed two games himself with concussion, the returning Chris Barker stepped into the breach and Scott’s men rarely looked back.

Weston should probably have taken a first-minute lead, as Jonny Henly saved well from Diallo’s shot, but thereafter the visitors enjoyed a degree of dominance.

Stanley, Jordan Roberts and Brett Williams could have put the game out of reach in the opening half-hour, but it was two goals right at the end of the first period that did the damage.

A 45th-minute counter-attack freed Stanley down the right and, as his cross rolled behind Williams, Young was lurking at the far-post to drill a shot back across and into the net.

Then, in the sixth minute of injury time at the end of the half, the lively O’Brien pounced on some hesitant defending to meet Roberts’ pass and touch the ball over the stranded goalkeeper.

Shots scored a seemingly decisive third on 54 minutes, Oyeleke releasing Jaydon Gibbs who sprinted down the left and squared a pass for Young to curl an effort into the top of the net.

That, however, belatedly stirred Weston and Kirk’s angled low shot pulled a goal back within minutes before Diallo’s direct run set-up Plummer for a close-range strike.

It was not until the final 10 minutes that Aldershot secured victory, Paterson nipping in ahead of Irish and directing Jamie Laird’s soft header beyond its intended recipient.

Stanley’s perfectly precise shot then added a welcome flourish to proceedings in injury time, boss Scott describing the result as "a really good win".

ATFC: Henly; Gibbs, Webster, Barker, Butler (Goodman 8); Young (Rowlands 87), Stanley, Oyeleke, Roberts; B Williams, O'Brien (Paterson 47). Subs not used: L Williams, Tonkin

 

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