MATCH REPORT: Dover Athletic 1 Aldershot Town 2 (A) (Vanarama National League)

Aldershot Town picked up their first win under Mark Molesley with a 2-1 victory away to Dover Athletic at the Crabble Stadium on Tuesday evening.

A first Aldershot Town goal from Tommy Willard and a second-half winner from Toby Edser cancelled out an Aaron Cosgrave equaliser as Aldershot Town travelled back to Hampshire with all three points.

The Shots made two changes from the abandoned fixture against Wrexham last Saturday, as recent signing James Vennings started in place of Jayden Harris, with young forward Tommy Willard also making another start in place of Jacob Berkeley-Agyepong.

Latest signing Mikael Ndjoli also made the match-day squad for the first time, taking his place on the Aldershot Town bench.

It was an even first-half, with both sides looking to create that clear-cut opening that would see them look to take the initiative in the game.

Dover did look dangerous at the beginning of the game, with on-loan forward Aaron Cosgrave looking to come forward on a number of occasions with trickery and pace, but Aldershot Town and in particular captain Lewis Kinsella looked to see out his threat and allow The Shots to hit on the counter-attack.

It would be the counter-attack that would prove clinical for Aldershot Town as with Dover pushing bodies forward from a corner, a sharp move involving Toby Edser, Corie Andrews and the returning Willard would see the young forward get his first goal for the club in the 23rd minute.

After picking up the ball just outside his own half, Edser led the counter-attack by finding Willard who in turn played a quick one-two with Andrews who rather unselfishly squared the ball across to the number 27, who poked the ball home and give Aldershot Town the lead.

From there, the game continued to flash opportunities for both sides but nothing clear-cut, with the highlight for the remainder of the half being after a quick passage of play from Aldershot Town, almost leading to an opportunity to shoot inside the penalty area in the 37th minute, but Dover were on hand to clear before the ball reached Bettamer.

Dover continued to look for an equaliser, as they pushed bodies forward towards the end of the first-half, but to no avail.

There was still time in the first-half for Andrews to create a shooting chance in the 45th minute after cutting inside from the right-hand side, but his low effort was well-held by Adam Parkes in goal for Dover.

However, Dover responded in the second-half and found themselves back on level terms just a few minutes after the restart through Aaron Cosgrave with a well-taken finish from their right-hand side.

Following this, Aldershot Town responded and continue to push for a winner with a number of attacking changes made to give Mark Molesley his first win as Aldershot Town boss.

But it would be The Shots who pushed on to find that winning goal and it was a well-worked goal that saw midfielder Edser bag his first goal of the season.

Having picked up the ball on the right, the midfielder linked up well with Alfy Whittingham and Corie Andrews before driving forwards after strong hold-up play by Andrews who laid the ball up for Edser who smashed the ball into the back of the Dover net, before celebrating with the travelling Aldershot Town fans.

Late Dover pressure came, but The Shots held out and picked up their first victory under Molesley as they will take confidence going into their next game away to Stockport County on Saturday.


Dover Athletic: 20 A Parkes (G/K), 3 S Wood (C), 4 T Bramble, 9 R Miller (Bentley 59′), 10 B Williamson, 11 A Cosgrave, 15 S Twumasi, 16 H Ransom (Goodman 66′), 18 H Woods (Drais 66′), 22 K Arthur, 23 D Collinge

Unused Subs: Bexon, Da Costa

Aldershot Town: 1 M Walker (G/K), 3 L Kinsella (C), 6 K Lyons-Foster, 7 A Whittingham, 8 T Edser, 9 M Bettamer (Aouachria 55′), 11 C Andrews (Fowler 90′), 12 C Oxlade-Chamberlain, 22 G Phillips, 24 J Vennings, 27 T Willard (Ndjoli 55′)

Unused Subs: Coulter, Watts