Aldershot Town romped to a 4-0 victory in an excellent display against Dover Athletic at the EBB Stadium on Tuesday night.
Goals from Shamir Mullings and a brilliant strike from Jacob Berkeley Agyepong gave The Shots a half-time lead before Jack Powell and Alefe Santos added two more shortly after the break.
Danny Searle handed Mohamed Bettamer his full Shots debut after appearing off the bench in the last fixture away at Chorley.
The ball almost found its way into the Aldershot net 17 minutes into the game but, following a bit of a scramble, Jack Powell was in the right place on the line to clear an effort away.
Anthony Jeffrey had a good chance for the away side at the back post 24 minutes in but he sliced his volley wide.
The Shots took the lead just a minute later. A ball was played over the top towards Mullings who worked hard to gain possession of the ball before cleverly hooking the ball into the bottom right corner with his left foot on the bounce.
It wasn’t long before the home side doubled their lead, and what a way it was to do it. Berkeley-Agyepong took the ball on from 25 yards out and set himself before curling a beautiful shot into the top left corner. There was no chance for Lee Worgan in the Dover Athletic goal.
The home side continued to look for a third up until the half-time whistle with a period of pressure and successive corners, but the Shots had to settle for just the two-goal lead going into the break after a very strong first-half display pressure and successive corners, but the Shots had to settle for just the two-goal lead going into the break after a very strong first-half display.
It only took eight second-half minutes for The Shots to find the third goal they were looking for. A free-kick lay-off found Powell whose 25-yard drive fooled keeper Worgan to swerve into the back of the net.
It would get better for the home team five minutes later. Some patient build-up play eventually saw Powell play a delicious ball over the top of the Dover defence to Santos. The midfielder composed himself before finishing coolly into the bottom right corner.
Bettamer came very close to scoring his first goal for the club on his first start when Lewis Kinsella played a deep cross to the back post but he could only direct it into the side-netting.
Nassim L’Ghoul forced a good save from Mitch Walker with a long-range effort with about 10 minutes to play, one of very few actions the goalkeeper was called into.
Substitute Dean Rance also went close. His header from a Powell corner didn’t have the purchase necessary to beat Worgan with six minutes left to play but it was just the four for The Shots.
Aldershot Town: M. Walker, R. Tinkler, L. Kinsella (c), K. Lyons-Foster, A. Santos, S. Mullings, M. Bettamer, E. Chislett (Eyoma 76’), J. Berkeley-Agyepong (Rance 64’), M. Hunt, J. Powell
Unused subs: C. Shields, A. Whittingham.
Dover Athletic: L. Worgan, J. Passley, B-J. Taylor, S. Doe, K. Lokko, J. Reason (Munns 59’), M. Woods, I. Effiong, K. Cumberbatch (Hincheri 69’), A. Jeffrey, A. Simpson (L’Ghoul 59’)
Unused subs: Y. Mersin, W. De Havilland
Attendance: 1255 (67 away)
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