Aiden O'Brien scored a 93rd-minute equaliser to rescue Aldershot Town from a second shock cup exit this season
Loan striker Aiden O'Brien struck a stoppage time equaliser to rescue Aldershot Town from a second major cup upset of the season.
The Republic of Ireland Under-21 international, on loan from Millwall, volleyed home in the third minute of time added on to break the hearts of a workmanlike Weston-super-Mare side, who were well worthy of at least a second bite of the cherry in the FA Trophy first round.
Winger Tristan Plummer looked like handing the Skrill South side a famous away day after firing them into a 76th-minute lead with an effort which flew in off the inside of the post.
But with the humiliating FA Cup defeat to Shortwood United in September still fresh in the memories, the home fans finally had something to cheer when O'Brien exquisitely turned a fired a 15-yard effort beyond visiting keeper Lloyd Irish.
“It was a fine finish from Aiden and it got us out of jail,” Shots boss Andy Scott admitted.“Our basics were appalling and we allowed them to dictate the tempo. We've taken two steps forward and one and a half back this week.
“We had chances in the second half but they pretty much summed us up today, half-hearted.”
O'Brien had Aldershot's two best chances of the first half, found by crosses from Adam Mekki and then Lewis Young, only to head narrowly wide both times.
Weston, though, more than held their own and but for home keeper Jon Henly in keeping out efforts from Plummer and Chez Hemmings, the visitors might have took the lead earlier.
Plummer's fine opener 14 minutes from time stunned the home fans and put the 20 travelling supporters into dreamland.
But just as they contemplated a happy trip home, O'Brien popped up to earn the Shots an undeserved share of the spoils and a replay at the Woodspring Stadium on Tuesday night (December 3).
The winners will face a second round home tie to either Worcester City or AFC Telford after the Skrill North rivals drew 0-0 on Saturday.
ALDERSHOT: Henly; Gibbs, Goodman, Webster, Butler; Mekki, Stanley, Oyeleke (Rowlands 59), Young (Paterson 59), O'Brien, B Williams. Subs: Webbe, L Williams.