A league and cup double remains firmly on the cards for Aldershot Town after a 2-2 draw with Andover carried Terry Brown's side through to the final at the 32,000 all-seater St Mary's Stadium for the second year running.

A brace from Lee Charles in the first half was always going to be enough for the Shots to push their weight forward and despite Andover battling back in a dull second period, Brown's men remained in control of events at The Portway Stadium.

If Brown was looking for an early cushion to rest on in his dugout, he couldn't have asked for a better start when Lee Charles met his namesake's centre to fire home with a neat finish to make it a comfortable 3-0 on aggregate after just 14 seconds.

But to their credit, the home side hit back four minutes later through the impressive Justin Bennett before Charles put the tie well and truly out of sight just moments later, again finishing well on a difficult surface.

From here, the Shots simply dominated proceedings for the remainder of the first half and Steve Perkins — winning everything in the air — was proving a handful throughout.

The former Dagenham man had two efforts cleared off the line whilst in between Ray Warburton hit the upright with a thumping header of his own as Andover struggled to contain the Shots aerial prowess.

Two-one at the break then, but the Shots never really came out to play in the second 45 as the home side controlled the pace of the game, but could only find a solitary strike by Bennett for all their dominance.

Lee Charles had a half sniff at completing a hat-trick whilst Perkins finished the match with a 25-yarder straight at 'keeper Kieron Drake, but four goals in the last two rounds was certainly enough to give his boss a selection headache in time for the final on May 8.

Not only that, Brown will also have Jamie Taylor and John Nutter in contention after they made welcome returns in red shirts after their respective loan duties.

Brown said after the match: "I was disappointed with the second half performance but fair play to them (Andover) they probably wanted it a bit more than us. But if I could have taken 2-2 beforehand without picking up any injuries then I would be happy and that's basically what has happened."

The final, against Doc Martens eastern division high-fliers Bashley on Thursday May 8, represents another memorable evening out for Shots fans.

Last May, over 3,000 fans made the trip down the M3 to watch the Shots claim their third Hampshire Cup success, against Havant & Waterlooville, and the first at Southampton's spanking new stadium.

Stafford Browne stole the limelight that night, firing a blistering hat-trick as the Shots came back from 1-0 down to win the cup 3-1.

On that occasion, the night was more one of consolation for the Shots, who had missed out on promotion to the Conference after a desperately disappointing mid to end season.

Now, however, the Shots faithful will be looking to it as an evening of celebration as the Shots edge ever closer to a place in the Conference next year.

SHOTS: Howells; Buckle, Cousins, Sterling, Warburton, A.Charles (sub Nutter 56mins), Taylor (Harper 65), Holsgrove, Perkins, Hammond (Chewins 85), L.Charles. Subs not used: Browne, Bull.