MATCH REPORT: Aldershot Town 1 Yeovil Town 2 (H) (Vanarama National League)

Aldershot Town fell to a 2-1 home defeat against Yeovil Town after a brace from Joe Quigley either side of a Corie Andrews equaliser on Bank Holiday Monday.

Aldershot Town Manager Danny Searle, named just one change from the side that narrowly lost away to Boreham Wood, with forward Ibby Akanbi replacing young striker Tommy Willard.

Young defender Alfie Saunders also took his place on The Shots bench in place of George Fowler.

Prior to the game, Shots fans were introduced to latest signing Wassim Aouachria, a forward from League One side Charlton Athletic, who has joined the club on an three-month loan deal, looking to involved in the game away to Notts County on Saturday.

The Shots started brightly and looked to be the team on the front foot with a few crosses into the box that forward Corie Andrews almost found himself on the end of, but to no avail.

However, it was Yeovil Town who would take the lead and the initiative in the game with forward Joe Quigley, finding the far right corner of the Aldershot Town goal with 14 minutes played after good individual work down the Yeovil left-hand side.

The Shots looked to respond and had a great opportunity to do just that with midfielder Jayden Harris, who found himself through on goal around the 30 minute mark, but Yeovil’s Grant Smith pulled off a great save that denied the midfielder his first goal of the season.

Another golden opportunity almost arose for Aldershot Town after a ball over-the-top saw Smith mis-read the flight of the pass which saw Akanbi look to get on the end of it for an easy tap-in in the 35th minute. But after a small deflection from the retreating Yeovil Town defender, the ball trickled agonisingly out of reach for Akanbi and out for a corner that was later cleared by Yeovil Town.

This ended what was a frustrating first-half for Aldershot Town as they looked to come back in the second-half with a much improved-performance.

The second-half started off much better for Aldershot Town, with a number of early corners causing more problems for Yeovil Town but The Shots unable to find the equaliser as of yet.

Aldershot Town continued to add the pressure on with the next opportunity to score coming in the 53rd minute, with Andrews and Ibby Akanbi linking up before the latter finding space to shoot but ultimately saw his effort go over the bar.

Strong pressure continued to follow for Aldershot Town as they pressed for an equaliser and after a long period of persistence, The Shots found it through Andrews in the 75th minute.

After a good move down the right-hand side, midfielder Toby Edser found room to cross which in turn, allowed Andrews to rise highest and get a clever flick onto the ball which resulted in the ball finding the far left-corner of the Yeovil goal and give Aldershot Town a deserved equaliser.

However, there was still time for one last turn in the tale as in the 83rd minute Yeovil Town found themselves able to retake the lead with the chance from the penalty spot, after Kodi Lyons-Foster was deemed to have fouled inside the area.

Quigley stepped up to take the penalty and converted for his second of the game as Yeovil Town were able to hold out for the victory, leaving Aldershot Town looking ahead to our next Vanarama National League game away to Notts County on Saturday.


Aldershot Town XI: 1 M Walker (G/K), 3 L Kinsella (C), 5 K Lokko, 6 K Lyons-Foster, 8 T Edser, 10 J Berkeley-Agyepong, 11 C Andrews, 12 C Oxlade-Chamberlain, 17 I Akanbi, 22 G Phillips, 23 J Harris (Whittingham 67′)

Unused Subs: Hall (G/K), Watts, Saunders, Willard

Yeovil Town XI: 1 G Smith (G/K), 3 J Barnett, 5 M Hunt, 6 L Wilkinson (C), 8 D Gorman, 10 J Quigley, 11 T Knowles, 15 S-B Lo-Everton (Yussuf 56′), 19 C Wakefield (Williams 90′), D Moss, 32 J Staunton

Unused Subs: Evans, Stephens