MATCH REPORT: Aldershot Town 1 Harrogate Town 1

Aldershot Town were held to an entertaining 1-1 draw against Harrogate Town on Saturday at The EBB Stadium.

Mo Bettamer put the hosts in front on the stroke of half-time with a fantastic finish driven into the near post.

The visitors equalised through Lloyd Kerry’s 25-yard effort during the second period.

Despite pressure on each other’s goals, neither side was able to snatch all three points.

Danny Searle made just one change from the draw away at Eastleigh on Tuesday as Craig Tanner returned to the starting line-up at the expense of Alefe Santos who took his place on the substitutes bench.

The away team had a few half-chances in the opening ten minutes, but it was The Shots who came closest 12 minutes in. Jean-Yves Koue Niate got something on a James Rowe free-kick, but it diverted just over the bar.

Lloyd Kerry came close a minute later when Mitch Walker tipped his shot from distance over the bar.

Robbie Tinkler found himself in acres of space in the Harrogate Town area on the right-hand-side in the 19th minute, however the full-back’s drilled effort evaded everyone to go just wide of the left post.

The visitors failed to capitalise on a great piece of work by Brendan Kiernan down the right-hand-side. He found Jack Muldoon in the middle who couldn’t keep his effort down from ten yards out.

Another Rowe set-piece almost found it’s way into the goal in the 30th minute, but his deflected floated ball was tipped wide by James Belshaw. A strong period of pressure then followed with a number of scrambles inside the Harrogate Town area. Unfortunately for the home team, none of these attempts found their way into the back of the net.

Jacob Berkeley-Agyepong had a great opportunity on the counter-attack when he was played through by Ethan Chislett, but the midfielder was unable to get it around Belshaw who smothered the effort.

It was The Shots who eventually broke the deadlock on the stroke of half-time through Bettamer. The forward was played into space by Craig Tanner before cutting inside and firing the ball into the near post from 16 yards out. A brilliant, instinctive finish.

Jon Stead had a guilt-edged opportunity for the visitors inside two minutes of the second period, but Walker was there to deny him with a fantastic save low to his left.

Tanner almost made it two down the other end a minute later when Lewis Kinsella found him at the back post. The winger, on this occasion, was unable to get enough purchase on the attempt as he directed it goal-wards.

Unfortunately for the hosts, Harrogate Town levelled proceedings through Kerry. The midfielder struck a powerful shot from 25 yards out which Walker could only get enough on to force into the top left corner.

Bettamer almost doubled his and The Shots tally for the afternoon with five minutes to play, but his shot was deflected wide from close range after a scramble in the box.

The striker also had a couple of half-chances towards the end which were well-struck, but equally well-saved by Belshaw.


Aldershot Town XI: 1 M Walker (G/K), 2 R Tinkler, 3 L Kinsella, 4 D Rance (C), 8 J Rowe, 15 A Finney (Lyons-Foster 63′), 19 M Bettamer, 20 E Chislett, 21 J Berkeley-Agyepong (L Walker 81′), 23 J-Y Koue Niate, 26 C Tanner (Whittingham 73′)

Unused Subs: Santos, Panayiotou

Harrogate Town XI: 1 J Belshaw (G/K), 4 J Falkingham (C), 6 W Burrell, 14 B Kiernan, 15 A Bradley (Fallowfield 46′), 16 J Stead, 17 L Kerry, 18 J Muldoon, 20 C Hall, 22 W Smith, 23 J Diamond (Thomson 57′)

Unused Subs: Cracknell, Gallacher, Harratt