Youth was on Aldershot Town's side as their youngsters hit Fleet Town for six in the Hampshire Senior Cup
Aldershot Town’s young guns turned on the style as they breezed past neighbours Fleet Town in the Hampshire Senior Cup on Tuesday night.
Led by Academy coach Darren Barnard and featuring just three players with first-team experience, the young Shots controlled the game from start to finish with Kofi Halliday putting them in front in the very first minute.
Fleet player-boss Craig Davis headed home a corner to level things up but the Shots moved up a gear with first-team fringe players Aaron Wickham and Cameron Brown both netting either side of a Tom Mudge own goal before the break.
Not to be outdone, Jaydon Gibbs added a fifth with his first goal for the club before Mudge made amends for his earlier slip by pegging it back to 5-2.
Gibbs, however, added a sixth against the run of play with 11 minutes left to keep the Shots on track for a sixth county cup success.
Meanwhile, Fleet’s poor league form continued with a 3-1 defeat against a strong Merthyr Town side on Saturday.
Danilo Cadete gave the Blues a 13th-minute lead after following up a Rob Carr effort, but Merthyr replied through Jamie Rewbury just before the interval.
The Blues were indebted to a fine display from keeper Ryan Pryce but he could do nothing about further goals from Ryan Prosser and Ian Traylor as the hosts claimed the points.
Davis’s men are in FA Trophy action this Saturday when they host league rivals Clevedon Town (ko 3pm).