Tayo Oladotun saw Aldershot battle hard but still end up with nothing to show for their efforts.
Brave 10-man Aldershot were beaten 2-0 by Sutton United in the Vanarama National League. An unlikely brace by former Shot Jamie Collins, was enough to heap more misery on what has been a horrible November for The Shots. A red card for Jake Gallagher and injury to Jack Saville topped a miserable afternoon.
The visitors were hoping to put their bad form, which has seen them not win a game in five after today, to bed. The Shots started the game eight points off the playoff position, and will be doing everything in their power to get out of this abysmal run of results.
The game’s first attempt came via a bit of cheek by Sutton’s Craig Eastmond. The former Arsenal trainee tried to lob Jake Cole, but the Shots number 1 made an easy save. In response to Sutton’s early dominance, Dan Fitchett did well to get the ball from under his feet, and managed to get the shot away, but could not test the keeper.
Fitchett was looking the most likely goal scorer for the Shots, and capitalised on some sloppy defending by Sutton in the 21st minute, only to see his shot go agonisingly wide.
In the 36th minute a counter attack lead by Jake Gallagher, resulted in his shot forcing a great double save by Ross Worner, the Sutton keeper. The visitors’ momentum built up, as they pushed to break the deadlock with half-time looming.
It was then that the game’s first controversy took place. A late challenge on Sutton’s Gomis by Gallagher, was enough for referee David Rock to give the Shots man his marching orders. Gallagher’s teammate Idris Kanu, also found his name going into the referee’s book for dissent.
The Shots were still battling and creating chances. In the 55th minute and already being down to 10 men, Saville took a nasty blow to the head. He got medical attention but could not recover and was substituted.
Before the change took place, a free kick was not dealt with properly. This allowed Jamie Collins in on goal, as the defender rose above all, and put it past the despairing keeper. There were then two substitutions in quick succession for the shots who saw Saville replaced by Charlie Walker, and Idriss Kanu replaced by Scott Rendell.
Jim Kellerman also picked up a yellow for a late challenge, which saw the referee show his third card of the match. Iffy Allen made up the last of the subs for the Shots. He almost made an immediate impact. The forward showed great pace to beat the Sutton defender, after the referee played advantage, but the front man was not able to finish.
In the 80th minute, from a Sutton corner, lacklustre defending allowed, Jamie Collins to be in a one-on-one situation against his opposing keeper. The defender kept his cool, and calmly slotted past the keeper for the second time.
Sutton were happy dictating the late moments, but gave a late free kick away. Dion Conroy saw his 35-yard effort tamely caught by Sutton’s keeper.
The Shots will be looking for a response, as they host Boreham Wood in their next game.