Aldershot Town boss Terry Brown blasted his more senior players for "not giving 100 per cent to the cause" after the Shots put themselves in prime position for a return to the St Mary's Stadium in May.

While Brown was pleased with the effort shown by his batch of youngsters in Tuesday night's Hampshire Cup semi-final at the Rec, he still lashed out at some of his first team regulars, who failed to impress on a rather frustrating night.

This will undoubtedly be causing Brown some concern, as the next seven weeks will see his side playing all nine other top ten teams, whereas promotion rivals Canvey have far more favourable fixtures.

"I was disappointed with the performance, I thought we were lax and treated the game like a friendly. I was pleased with the youngsters but some of my senior players gave less than 100 per cent.

We've got in a mode where we just do enough to win and as Maidenhead proved sometimes it's not enough and if they're not going to try 100 per cent in every game, I don't want them out there."

Aldershot opened the game with some good runs and a few chances in the opening minute but Andover came back as Vince Rusher's long range strike saw a fantastic save from keeper Gareth Howells who pushed the ball over the cross bar.

The pace seemed to pick up but Aldershot's efforts from Ray Warburton in the 26th minute and Mark Hammond just a minute later were cleared once again.

As the action switched to Andover's end a mis-hit clearance by Howells was sent to Rusher. As Warburton fumbled to clear, the Andover striker put the shot just as the keeper managed to get back on his line to collect the ball.

Chances came and went for the Shots, each time denied by the keeper, taking the sides level at 0-0 at half-time.

Then in the 54th minute Nick Sowden was brought down just yards from the box, Hammond's exceptional free kick from the left swept over the five-man wall to curl into the back of the net, a superb goal for the youngster making his first start for the club.

After Saturday's result it seemed likely that the home side would start dominating the game and roll in more goals, but instead Aldershot seemed to remain stuck in second gear, failing to hit the accelerator to add that pressure.

Harper was amongst the few that seemed to be putting 100 per cent in, and made a great run in the 70th minute, finishing with a powerful long-range shot that ran inches wide.

He also showed great discipline as Andover captain Glen Damen blatantly stamped on him after a scuffle for the ball, the referee standing only 10 yards away amazingly waving play on as the youngster walked away.

Paul George was not so fortunate as he was dismissed for a second bookable offence seven minutes from time as he shoved into the back of substitute Stafford Browne.

As the game drew to a close Michael Harper battled past two defenders on the right hand edge of the box to get in a strike. His shot powered past the keeper in the last minute of injury time to take the side into the second leg with an assured 2-0 victory.

On his new shining light, Hammond, Brown said "Mark's delivery on set-pieces was far superior to anything we've seen this season."

But Brown also had harsh words with scorer Michael Harper, who has missed several training sessions because of college work in recent weeks. He added: "Michael deserved his goal but needs to start regular training. He's got raw talent and an eye for a goal, but you have to have discipline to be dedicated in training."

SHOTS: Howells, Cooper, Chewins, A Charles, Warburton, Sowden (sub Walker 67mins), Hammond, L Charles (Browne 81), Harper, Perkins (Holsgrove 77), Buckle. Not used: Westall, Roddis. Ref: Mr A Laver. Att: 1,010.