Aldershot Town finished their 2021/22 Pre-Season campaign unbeaten with a 2-0 victory against Brentford ‘B’ at Glebe FC’s Foxbury Avenue.
Aldershot Town Manager Danny Searle, named a strong line up, with new signing Ibby Akanbi on the bench, just one Trialist named on the bench and young forward Tommy Willard given the chance to start from the beginning.
The Shots started brightly and looked to be the team in the ascendency ,with a number of dangerous free-kicks seeing efforts on goal come in, but nothing to test the Brentford keeper until later on in the first-half.
Around the 20 minute mark, midfielder Jayden Harris looked to score his first goal for the club but saw his powerful effort bounce back agonisingly back off the post after connecting well with the effort.
Playing at Glebe FC’s Foxbury Avenue, the Shots got used to their surroundings very soon after as in the 27th minute, the returning Jacob Berkeley-Agyepong intercepted the ball high up in the Brentford half and showed great composure to slot the ball into the back of the net and open the scoring in the game.
Aldershot Town continued to control the game and look to add a second that their first-half performance deserve and did just that with a good move resulting in Corie Andrews netting from close-range in the 36th minute.
Midfielder Jayden Harris released youngster Tommy Willard down the right-hand side who crossed brilliantly for his strike partner Andrews, who was left to just tap in from a few yards out after good movement to find himself within range to score.
This ended what was a promising half for Aldershot Town as they looked to complete their 2021/22 Pre-Season unbeaten ahead of their first Vanarama National League game against Chesterfield at home next Saturday.
The second-half saw latest signing Ibby Akanbi come on for his debut, looking to link up with his new team-mates for the first time.
As for Aldershot Town, they started the second-half similar to how they performed in the first-half with Andrews again finding the back of the net in the 52nd minute after strong play by Harris in midfield, but the referee called Andrews back for offside with The Shots looking to continue performing strong.
The Shots continued to control the game with a number of changes coming on throughout the half with Elis Watts, Alfie Saunders and George Fowler coming on later on the half to sure up what was a strong performance and gives Aldershot Town plenty of confidence going into the first game of the Vanarama National League next Saturday at home against Chesterfield FC.
Aldershot Town XI: 1 M Walker, 2 K Lyons-Foster,, 3 L Kinsella (C), 4 J Harris, 5 K Lokko, 6 G Phillips, 7 J Berkeley-Agyepong (Watts 59′), 8 T Edser, 17 T Willard (Akanbi 45′), 10 C Oxlade-Chamberlain (Saunders 80″), 11 C Andrews (Fowler 72′)
Unused Subs: Trialist A (G/K)
Brentford ‘B’ XI: N Shepperd (G/K), J Russell, B Hockenhull, L Gordon, D Jefferies, J Oksanen, W Hercules, J Adams, L Brook, R Trevitt, G Mogensen
Subs: Winterbottom, Young-Coombes, Gilbert, Trialist A, Oyegoke, Trialist B