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Lacklustre Shots go down again after frustrating defeat in Essex

Aldershot Town's hopes of escaping relegation suffered another setback as they went down to a disappointing single-goal defeat at Braintree

Andy Scott
Aldershot Town manager Andy Scott was disappointed with his side's 1-0 defeat at Braintree on Saturday

Aldershot Town slid to another meek and frustrating defeat in Essex, as Dan Holman's third minute goal - the result of another defensive error - was enough to beat Andy Scott's side.
Holman nipped in to stab the ball into the net with Glenn Morris and Chris Barker caught in indecision, and thereafter The Shots failed to create anything which suggested they could wrest a point from the game.

In truth, the Iron could have heaped more agony on the Shots in the second half but Dan Sparkes' free-kick came back off the crossbar.

Aldershot, in contrast, created very little with captain Craig Stanley and top scorer Brett Williams squandering their best chances.
The Shots fans, on their sixth annual Tour of Duty, were again left exasperated, as their players struggled to muster a display as impressive as the travelling support.

Thankfully, other results meant the Shots lost no further ground on their relegation rivals, but disappointed manager Andy Scott said: "It's frustrating for everybody and the fans are frustrated because it's another ridiculous goal we have conceded, where it's been a long punt forward with indecision costing us.

"We didn't create as much as we liked but I felt we were in control of the game. In the second half we didn't have the ruthlessness in the box that makes the difference and we've conceded a poor goal.

"We can't dwell on this result too much and we've got two games at home.

"They dominated the game - the way they went about the tempo - and it was difficult."

SHOTS: Morris; Gibbs, Oastler, Barker, Tonkin; Mekki (Molesley 56), Stanley, Rowlands, Butler (Bubb 55), Williams, Scott. Subs: Taiwo, Webster, Martin.

Ref: Justin Amey. Att: 1,090.

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