Aldershot Town succumbed to a 2-1 defeat against Barrow AFC after Connor Shields failed to net a penalty in a last ditch attempt for an equaliser.

Ethan Chislett clawed a goal back for the North-Hampshire side, whilst an opportunity to level the score through a penalty was shockingly saved by Dixon, denying Shields of the equalising goal.

Barrow netted the first goal on the stroke of half time after a 25 yard free kick taken by John Rooney took a slight deflection and beat Mitch Walker into the bottom left corner. Josh Kay eventually made it onto the scoresheet after his first goal was disallowed.

Aldershot lacked support in the box for their first shot on target when a low-headed drive from Shields skimmed the far-post, but with no Shots player in reaching distant to tap it in, the ball rolled wide.

The Cumbrian side were first to score, but after jubilant celebration, were disallowed the goal due to goal-scorer Josh Kay being offside.

Arguably, the visitors had more attack when Bryon Harrison’s deflected shot was just about cleared, but the Shots soon went close when a long cross from Lewis Kinsella morphed into a well-driven attempt and flew inches from the right post.

Max Hunt made his debut in a Shots shirt in the second half, replacing AJ Eyoma, whilst other new signing Alex Fletcher replaced Shamir Mullings in the 67th minute.

Dior Angus’s attempted strike in the 52nd minute was left undefended, but failed to cruise into the bottom right corner.

Barrow were gifted their second goal from Hunt when a miss-kicked clearance gave Kay the goal.

Chislett narrowly missed a cross from Shield’s on the byline as the home side endeavoured to tighten the goal gap. The 21-year-old eventually made it onto the scoresheet with a neat tap-in following a slip-up by the Barrow defence.

A brief spell from the Shots saw pressure in the final moments, but ultimately their miscommunication in the 69th minute sealed their fate.