Aldershot Town lost more vital ground in their battle to survive relegation in the Skrill Premier after going down to a 1-0 defeat in the six-pointer at Tamworth.

Defeat, coupled with Chester's victory at Dartford by the same scoreline on Friday night, means Andy Scott's men are now four points adrift of safety, while the second-bottom Lambs themselves moved to within a point of the Shots in a now tense battle to beat the drop.

It also adds extra spice to the crucial visit of Chester to the EBB Stadium on Tuesday night with the Shots looking to end a worrying run of seven matches without a win.

Brett Williams had Aldershot's best chance in a disappointing opening period on the half hour with a cross-cum-shot which tested keeper Cameron Belford.

At the other end, keeper Alan Martin, preferred to a returning No.1 Glen Morris between the sticks, did well to keep out Andy Haworth's curling effort.

On-loan striker Matthew Barnes-Homer twice threatened after the break and he made the vital breakthrough on 69 minutes with a route one strike. Belford booted the ball long, evading everyone and before the ball bounced the former Shots and Luton striker nipped in to put the hosts in front.

Williams and Jordan Roberts both had chances to test Belford but lacked the quality to unlock the door and the Lambs held on to compound Aldershot's misery for another week.

SHOTS: Martin; Gibbs, Oastler, Barker, Tonkin; Robert, Stanley, Taiwo, Williams, Bubb, Scott (Mekki 70). Subs: Morris, Webster, Rowlands, Webbe.

Ref: Richard Wigglesworth. Att: 915 (255).