MATCH REPORT: Aldershot Town 0 Weymouth FC 2 (H) (Vanarama National League)

Aldershot Town fell to a 2-0 defeat at home to Weymouth FC in the Vanarama National League on Tuesday evening.

Aldershot Town made two changes from the starting XI that faced Bromley FC in the Vanarama National League, with Corie Andrews replacing Mo Bettamer upfront, with Corey Jordan making his first start in place of fellow defender Giles Phillips.

It was a difficult first-half for The Shots with the visitors having a great opportunity to open the scoring in just the first minute, with Tom Bearwish played through on goal, but Mitch Walker was on hand to deny him with a great save one-on-one.

Aldershot Town responded with Christian Oxlade-Chamberlain shooting down the right-hand side in just the third minute, but Weymouth’s Ross Fitzsimons was on hand to deny him with a strong punch clear.

Another slick move just a few minutes later saw The Shots able to create space for Ryan Glover to cut inside and shoot from the right-hand side, but again, Fitzsimons was on hand to hold his effort from close-range.

But it would be the away side who would open the scoring through number nine Ben Thompson in the 10th minute with a close-range header after an initial good save from Walker.

Several free-kicks and corners followed for both sides throughout the first-half, but chances for either side quickly fizzled out with an opportunity falling to Weymouth’s Bearwish in the 26th minute but his header inside the penalty area went wide of the near post.

Mikael Ndjoli look to continue on opening his account for the club last week, but after cutting inside from the left, could only fire his effort wide of the Weymouth goal in the 32nd minute.

The final half-chances of the first 45 minutes came for Aldershot Town from set-plays but Weymouth saw the danger out to give them a goal’s advantage going into the interval.

The Shots looked to respond early on in the second-half and just five minutes into the second-half, Ndjoli’s effort was well-saved by Fitzsimons before Glover looked to create a second opportunity but Weymouth saw the danger out.

Despite the early pressure, it would be Weymouth that found the game’s next goal with a corner that was won by Josh Leslie-Smith would later be turned in by the defender to give the away side a two-goal advantage in the 62nd minute.

Attacking substitutions were brought on to try and bring Aldershot Town back into the game, with Ibby Akanbi looking to create a chance with fellow forward Corie Andrews, but Weymouth again cleared the cross in the 75th minute.

Another corner almost saw The Shots able to find themselves on the scoresheet, with Lewis Kinsella’s corner finding Corey Jordan but the defender’s header inside the penalty area could only fly past the near post just two minutes later.

There was time late on in the game for a final chance to score for Aldershot Town but after good build-up play from Ibby Akanbi, Gime Toure and Andrews, the on-loan AFC Wimbledon forward could only find the side-netting and ended a disappointing evening for The Shots.

Aldershot Town are next in action this Saturday away to Barnet FC on the BT Sport cameras with a 5:20pm kick-off.

Aldershot Town FC: 1 M Walker (G/K), 3 L Kinsella (C), 4 S Wagstaff (C Jordan 72’), 6 K Lyons-Foster, 8 T Edser, 11 C Andrews, 12 C Oxlade-Chamberlain (Whittingham 66′), 14 R Glover (Toure 52′), 16 C Jordan, 20 M Ndjoli (Akanbi 66′), 24 J Vennings

Unused Subs: 31 C Coulter (G/K), 9 M Bettamer


Weymouth FC: 1 R Fitzsimons (G/K), 6 T Cordner, 8 O Mussa (Goodship 69′), 9 B Thompson (Taylor-Crossdale 78′), 10 J McQuoid (C) (Rose 82′), 14 T Bearwish, 15 J Leslie-Smith, 16 A Robinson, 23 C Murray, 26 O Harfield, 30 T Olomowewe

Unused Subs: 11 B Ash, 17 C Brooks