The Shots started their 2024/25 pre-season friendly schedule with a 4-3 win against Badshot Lea on Saturday, July 6th.

Just three minutes in, Badshot Lea opened the scoring. With the Shots defence caught off guard on the counter, the home side dinked the ball over the trialist keeper.

Ten minutes later, the Shots had a chance to level. With plenty of space, Trialist D struck the ball from the edge of the box, but rattled the crossbar.

Trialist F made it level in the 15th minute. A nice break forward from Trialist C as he created space in the box, he cut the ball back to Trialist F and slotted the ball home.

In the 27th minute, the Shots had a chance to go ahead. After some good footwork from trialist C, he fired the ball just over the left of the net.

Just before half time, Freddie Stanley forced another opportunity for the Shots to take the lead. After a cross received inside the box, Stanley saw his effort head just wide of the home-side’s goal.


HALF TIME : Badshot Lea 1-1 Shots

Five minutes into the second half, the Shots doubled their lead through Joe Lewis-Evans who travelled down the left and squared it to Trialist I, who slotted the ball into the net from close range. 

After a short quiet period, the hosts equalised in the 64th minute. The ball found the back of the visitors’ net and past Alex Walder from a deflected long-range effort.

Eight minutes later, the Shots took the lead making it 3-2 with another close-range effort from Trialist I.

In the 75th minute, the Shots were rewarded a penalty as Charlie Sell was found tripped by a recovering defender inside the box after taking on the keeper. Sell converted the spot kick, doubling their lead.

Just before full time, Badshot got one back with a 25-yard free kick that was struck into the back of the net.

With a few chances near the end of the game, the Shots held on to a 4-3 victory, with the pre-season starting off with a win.

Line up:
  1. Trialist A, (13. Alex Walder, 46′)  2. Joe Lewis-Evans, 3. Billy Walsh, (10.Trialist H, 46′) 4. Trialist B, 8. Freddie Stanley, 9. Trialist C, (7. Mark Holley, 73′) 11. Trialist D, (21. Charlie Sell, 61′) 14. Trialist E, 16. Trialist F, (19.Trialist I, 46′)  20. Trialist G, (12. Louis Hutchings 76′) 24. Morgan Elliot.