EVANS ABOVE!

Aldershot missed the chance to go top in an action-packed game, as Carrington Walker reports.

Will Evans had a nightmare match to forget, as his Aldershot side’s unbeaten run came to a crashing halt.

After just four minutes Evans brought down the ever-troublesome Nathan Blissett, giving Maccelsfield a gift to take the lead.

Danny Whitaker duly converted, after Evans was shown a red-card.

Battled

Going down to 10 men so early in the game, Aldershot were always up against it. They battled bravely, with manager Gary Waddock putting his team on the attack.

But it was to no avail as Blissett added a second just after half time. Scott Rendell pulled one back from the spot later in the second half, but it proved to be too little too late.

The result means Aldershot failed to topple Macclesfield from the top spot.

The result saw the Hampshire outfit slip to third in the league table and brought their eight-game unbeaten run to a halt.

Killed off

January signing Blissett killed off the home side with a simple finish into an open net, after midfielder Elliot Durrell did the hard work, rounding Lewis Ward in goal for the Shots.

It meant the travelling Silkmen continued to impress in the National League, establishing a four-point lead in first position as well as securing back to back victories.

Waddock’s team put up a brave fight though, threatening to counter on occasion, with first half substitute Manny Oyeleke making one of the more noteworthy performances.

Smashed

Hard work prevailed in the 62nd minute too, with Oyeleke flicking a cross on at the near post, only for it to be stopped by the hand of a Macclesfield defender. Striker Scott Rendell smashed past Shwan Jalal to give the hosts some hope.

Over 4,000 Shots fans saw out the match, getting fully behind the 10 men. There were, however, certainly some positives to take from the defeat.

Oyeleke’s performance was the main highlight alongside another goal for Rendell, who has only recently returned from injury but seems to be back to his best.

Bounce back

As for league leaders Macclesfield, after such an impressive away victory they will be asked for much more of the same as they travel North to Prenton Park in a mouth-watering tie against fellow promotion favourites Tranmere.

Aldershot Town will hope to bounce back against Bromley, who sit just outside the play off places in ninth spot, in front of their faithful fans at the EBB Stadium this coming Tuesday.

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