MATCH REPORT: Aldershot Town 0 Dagenham & Redbridge 2 (H)

Aldershot Town were defeated 2-0 at home to an in-form Dagenham & Redbridge side, following first-half goals from Junior Morias and Mauro Vilhete.

The Shots were unchanged to the side that picked up that 2-0 away victory against Yeovil Town on Good Friday.

The only change to the matchday squad, was that of Jordan Ngalo, who returned from his loan at Hayes & Yeading to take his place on the bench for the first time as an Aldershot Town player.

It was an even start for both sides, with neither really able to create the game’s first opportunity to open the scoring until the seventh minute as Paul McCallum’s header at the back post thankfully hit the outside of the side netting.

Aldershot Town responded to this chance with a half-chance of their own, with Christian Oxlade-Chamberlain doing well down the right to dispossess former Shot Callum Reynolds, before hitting a low cross that narrowly missed Tommy Willard who would’ve been given a simple tap-in at the back post.

A couple more half-chances fell for both sides, before Dagenham showed a moment of quality with the in-form Junior Morias opening the scoring with a well-worked move in the 27th minute.

After being played through on their left-hand side, Morias cooly chipped the ball over the onrushing Ethan Ross, finding the far corner and giving Dagenham the lead midway through the first-half.

The Shots responded to falling a goal behind with their best chance to score in the game so far, with Kodi Lyons-Foster’s close-range header gathered by Dagenham’s Elliot Justham in the 33rd minute.

Despite this response, the Daggers would double their lead shortly after with wing-back Mauro Vilhete finding the back of the net from inside the Aldershot Town penalty area in the 35th minute.

A couple late free-kicks and corners came the way of The Shots as they looked to halve the deficit before half-time, but Dagenham saw out the threat and left Aldershot Town looking to respond in the second-half.

It was a positive response from Aldershot Town at the start of the second-half, with an ambitious effort from full-back Alfie Saunders firing over the bar just four minutes into the second 45.

Another brilliant chance to score fell the way of The Shots in the 55th minute, as a well-worked move allowed Jacob Berkeley-Agyepong to release Willard down the left-hand side, but as the forward charged towards the Dagenham goal, he could only guide his effort over the top of the crossbar.

Five minutes later and a flurry of efforts came in for Aldershot Town, with a dangerous corner almost seeing The Shots find that goal that their second-half performance so far had deserved.

In the 61st minute, another good chance fell the way of Aldershot Town with neat work from Kodi Lyons-Foster releasing Berkeley-Agyepong down the right but his cross was gratefully gathered by Justham, with Willard lurking at the back post to tap home from close-range.

Shortly after this, Jordan Ngalo was introduced for his Aldershot Town debut as Manager Mark Molesley looked to offer more attacking intent for the remaining 30 minutes.

Not too many chances fell either sides way until the 80th minute, with a direct free-kick taken by Mikael Ndjoli, which could only be guided above the Dagenham crossbar, with The Shots offering a much better showing in the second-half so far.

A late opportunity to find that goal that their second-half performance deserved came the way of defender Giles Phillips, with Willard’s cross picking him out at the back post but unfortunately, he could only find the outside of the near post with his header with minutes left of added time in the second-half.

This chance ended what was a promising second-half for The Shots as they looked to their next game in the Vanarama National League to pick up more points by the end of the season.

Aldershot Town are next in action on Saturday when they visit Solihull Moors in their next game in the Vanarama National League.

Aldershot Town FC: 24 E Ross (G/K), 3 L Kinsella (C) (Bettamer 77′), 6 K Lyons-Foster, 10 J Berkeley-Agyepong, 12 C Oxlade-Chamberlain, 18 M Sylla, 20 M Ndjoli, 22 G Phillips, 23 J Harris, 26 A Saunders (Ngalo 62′), 27 T Willard

Unused Subs: 13 R Hall (G/K), 7 A Whittingham, 33 C Daniel

Dagenham & Redbridge FC: 1 E Justham (G/K), 2 C Reynolds, 5 W Wright (C), 8 M Sagaf (Rance 69′), 9 P McCallum, 11 M Weston (Ling 72′), 12 M Robinson, 20 M Vilhete, 24 J Morias (Walker 69′), 30 B Comley, 33 M Onariase

Unused Subs: 3 E Johnson, 31 J Hare