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SHOTS TAKE AIM FOR THE TOP

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Aldershot Falter

Carrington Walker reports on a tepid, uninspiring affair from the EBB Stadium as The Shot’s two game winning run came to an end.

A minute’s applause in remembrance of former Shots chairman Kris Machala. was conducted by referee Peter Gibbons before the tightly contested 0-0 draw between high flying Aldershot Town and visiting Ebbsfleet United.

Current chairman, Shahid Azeem gave an interview in the match day programme stating that “Kris was in charge of the Club during a very difficult period, and donated lots of his own time, effort and money to help it move forward.”

Those hard times seem to be in the past for the Shots however, as they sit second in the Vanarama National League with one loss in their last 11 matches.

Testing

Travelling Fleet started promisingly, though. Forward Danny Kedwell was particularly lively from the get-go, heading wide from inside the six-yard box within 10 minutes.

The Shots grew into the game. Midfield maestro Jim Kellerman drove into the final third on the 23rd minute, testing his luck from distance when no pass was on, but to no avail.

Disciplinary actions were opened on the 25th minute, with United winger Luke Coulson earning a yellow card for a nasty challenge on Shots’ favourite Cheye Alexander.

Moments before Gibbons blew for half time, Ebbsfleet earned a freekick on the left flank. Exciting playmaker Jack Powell delivered a dangerous cross, with right back Lawrie Wilson’s touch from point-blank range destined for the bottom corner forcing Shots loanee keeper Lewis Ward’s heroics to keep the score level.

With this being the first home tie since the new year, hosts Aldershot would have wished for a much better first half showing. The side seemed to lack creative spark in the first period, perhaps due to the recent transfer of Bernard Mensah to League One outfit, Bristol Rovers.

Wonderkid

Shots gaffer Gary Waddock wished the wonderkid well. Speaking to ShotsTV, Waddock stated the winger “would be missed” but also be “back supporting the club this season.”

Striker Matt McClure replaced Jake Gallagher for the Shots who looked like a new team following their half time team talk.

Wingman Bobby-Joe Taylor looks to be the man expected to replace Mensah’s attacking talent and he almost lived up to the billing when his cross-come-shot almost looped over the visiting goalkeeper.

Free-flowing football oozed from the league’s joint top scorers as Kellerman picked the ball up for the Shots, eventually linking up with Taylor, who, after twisting and turning, whipped in a cross for debutant Nicke Kabamba to narrowly miss out on.

At the other end of the pitch, captain Will Evans led by example, winning numerous battles against visiting strikers Kedwell and Coulson.

Relief

There was one lapse in concentration however, with just 15 minutes to go, Powell raced clear of the Shots backline to tuck the ball under Ward, into the net. To the crowd’s relief, the linesman’s flag was raised, and the goal was ruled out.

An instinctive volley from Kabama forced a good save from United’s Nathan Ashmore and a few crosses were put on plates for Shot strikers, although no one found the net before full time.

A disappointing result for both sides saw Aldershot maintain second. spot in the league, though failing to close the gap on leaders Macclesfield Town. Further down the table, Ebbsfleet United slipped to midtable obscurity in 11th place.