Mark Molesley scored the winning goal midway through the second half for Aldershot Town
Aldershot Town reached the heady heights of zero points with the sort of gutsy win that suggested they will not be bottom of the Skrill Premier table for much longer.
It was tight, tense and, for much of the game, scrappy - but the Shots nonetheless wiped out their 10-point deduction, incurred for going into administration, with a solid performance.
Andy Scott’s side have already played better and lost this season, yet in beating Macclesfield Town 1-0 at the EBB Stadium – the Silkmen being one of the sides still only a few points above them in the relegation zone – the manager recognised both the good fortune his side enjoyed and the vital nature of the victory.
“I think we can be excused a workmanlike effort rather than one of free-flowing football," Scott said.
"Sometimes it just doesn’t click for you but you've still got to dig in and work hard and have a bit of luck, and we had all those things.
"We didn’t play as well as we could have done but we’ve got the three points."
Mark Molesley’s rather unexpected winning goal, on 66 minutes, seemed to be drifting wide, but his 25-yard shot dipped and swerved perfectly to drop over Rhys Taylor into the corner of the net.
Scott smiled: “Mark has sliced across the ball and I think the goalkeeper was deceived a bit. They all count and we’ll take it – maybe it’s not what he intended, but it’s in the back of the net.”
It was perhaps the slice of luck which Aldershot Town have not enjoyed so far this season, especially as the goal came somewhat against the run of play.
Macclesfield started both halves in the ascendancy yet, after their hosts had wrested a degree of control over the game in the opening 45 minutes, the second half saw the Silkmen continue to press for the equaliser which they perhaps deserved.
A cagey start that yielded little more than one blocked shot apiece, from Danny Whitaker and Shots skipper Craig Stanley, plus Peter Winn’s rising drive which flew into the East Bank, gave way to home dominance.
Belatedly, the Shots found their tempo - Joe Oastler bundling a header wide and Brett Williams setting himself up for a quick turn and curling shot inches wide of the far post.
Still, though, the lively Scott Boden nearly snuck between Adam Webster and onrushing keeper Glenn Morris to meet a hopeful punt forward in first-half added time, and that heralded a shift in momentum.
Full-back Danny Andrew, Winn, Whitaker and John-Paul Kissock all wasted good opportunities – and, crucially, failed to force a save from Morris – but briefly Macclesfield were quicker and stronger than the Shots.
Oastler had a header tipped over the bar, but even after Aldershot took the lead, as Molesley finished a smart move involving Matt Paterson and substitute Jordan Roberts, it was Macclesfield who carried the greater threat.
In the closing minutes, Winn capitalised upon a weak defensive header to hit a dipping cross-shot which crashed off the bar, and Morris raced out to block Jack Mackreth’s shot at point-blank range.
The Silkmen may have been left with a lingering sense of frustrated injustice, but finally, the Shots had a far more satisfying sensation - of wiping out their points deficit and entertaining serious thoughts of moving off the foot of the table.
ALDERSHOT: Morris; Oastler, Goodman, Webster, Barker; Rowlands (Roberts 59), Stanley, Oyeleke; Molesley, Paterson, B Williams (Wickham 90). Subs not used: Douglas, L Williams, Gibbs.