ALDERSHOT Town chairman Karl Prentice will interview caretaker boss Stuart Cash over the vacant manager's position.

Cash has impressed many at the club since taking over the reigns at the start of the month, and despite this last-gasp defeat against Grays, his second successive loss in charge, he will be considered for the post.

Cash will be one of 15 names to have been whittled down by the board of directors for a series of one-on-ones which will start in the next week or so.

Mr Prentice said: "Stuart Cash is in the frame. He hasn't officially applied but for all his efforts over the last few weeks, we will interview him and give him every opportunity to stake his claim."

The chairman has also confirmed that ex-Tottenham and QPR boss Gerry Francis is NOT in the frame, having not even applied, while naturally keeping tight-lipped on emerging favourite Alan Devonshire.

Also, interesting to spot Clive Walker in Saturday's crowd!

He would've seen a lapse in concentration deep into injury time hand Cashie's Shots defeated on home soil for the fifth time this season. The lacklustre performance, against a club they thrashed 6-0 last year, saw them slip back to fourth.

The Shots looked tired on a heavy Rec pitch as the packed diary of fixtures took its toll. Sadly, the brightness and enthusiasm that caretaker boss Cash had injected from three weeks ago, when he took over the reigns, were missing.

"I thought we were poor today," Cash admitted. "We looked tired from the games we have had. All round the pitch there was no sharpness, no freshness to our play.

"It's been a difficult period for us and I think they've come through it okay. But we've lost the last two games, which has been disappointing.

"But yet again it was our mistake that cost us the game. If we want to achieve anything at this club we're not going to do it if we keep giving people three points all the time.

"We've got a lot of tired legs out there. We looked really leggy and really off the pace the first half.

"But that's not why we lost the game. We made a mistake in the last minute and it's cost us again."

Despite being on the back foot for most of the game Grays enjoyed a breath of fresh air in the dying seconds, throwing everything they had forward. And it paid off.

From a corner the ball was ping ponged around in front of Gareth Howells' net, the desperate Shots defenders unable to clear it far enough away, before everyone watched as it appeared to glide over the line in slow motion —Richard Halle content on taking the plaudits.

As for Shots it was another day when luck chose to abandon them. The chances they created were just not being put away.

A good move between Paul Harford and Richard Gell set up Stafford Browne, but his rather weak shot was easily collected by Grays' keeper Mel Capleton.

Minutes later it was Harford who took his chance, forcing Capleton into a good diving save with his powerful shot from 20 yards.

Nathan Thomas then gave the Shots a scare when he shook off the attentions of skipper Ryan Kirby only to slip over in the box with just Howells left to beat.

Shots best chance came after 35 minutes, when a goal mouth scramble saw Jason Chewins denied by the upright, before Browne and Gell tried desperately, but in vain, to get the rebounds into the back of the net.

Chances in the second half also came and went for Shots. Ollie Adedeji and Browne both headed over, while at the other end Adedeji was called in to deny substitute Mervin Abrahams.

SHOTS: Howells; Gell (sub Holsgrove, 74 mins), Chewins, Kirby, Coll, Adedeji, Graham, Harford, Browne, Ward (Payne 58), Protheroe (Forrester 84)

GRAYS: Capleton; Robinson, O'Sullivan, Keeper, Halle, Fiddes, Cooper, Rainford (Hunter 84), Lock (Abrahams 45), Edwards, Thomas. Not used: Risley.

Chelsea reserves were due to take on local rivals Fulham at the Rec as the Mail went to press on Monday (ko 7pm).

The action then turns to Wednesday night when the Shots take on Corinthian Casuals in the third round of the Ryman League Cup (ko 7.45pm).