Aldershot Town took the Hampshire Derby bragging rights and made it five games unbeaten, as a brace from Corie Andrews and a well-taken free-kick by captain Lewis Kinsella saw Aldershot Town beat Eastleigh 3-0 at the Silverlake Stadium in The Vanarama National League.
The Shots made just one change from last Saturday’s 1-1 draw against Altrincham. Captain Lewis Kinsella came back into the starting line-up and replaced Brad Webb, after missing out through suspension.
Scott Wagstaff came back to replace James Gorman on the bench.
The first chance of the afternoon came eight minutes in after a corner for Aldershot Town was delivered by Kinsella, the ball fell to the edge of the box but the shot was put wide by Christian Oxlade-Chamberlain.
The next ten minutes saw a quiet spell in the game, with neither team creating any real chances and neither goalkeeper being tested.
The visitors then had a succession of corners. A volley by House, which was blocked, and a shot over the bar by Harris was the closest they came.
Just after the half hour mark Gubbins went down with an injury and was replaced by Jayden Harris.
In the 39th minute the ball fell to Whittingham on the edge of the area, his first-time volley was well saved by McDonnell in the Eastleigh net as Aldershot Town gathered momentum.
Deep into the three minutes of injury time, Eastleigh appealed for a penalty after Ben House went down but the ref waved the appeals away and blew for half-time.
Aldershot started the second half well. After some good build up play the ball was played to Whittingham who fired his shot just over the bar as Aldershot start to pile on the pressure.
After 60 minutes Aldershot Town made their second change as Jacob Berkeley-Agyepong replaced Tommy Willard.
It was Aldershot Town that broke the deadlock in the 63rd minute. Glover’s shot was saved by McDonnell and there was a scramble to clear the ball. Andrews managed to catch the ball on the half-volley and finish well into the net to give The Shots the lead.
In response Eastleigh made a double change as Danny Hollands and Sam Smart replaced Christan Maghoma and Ryan Hill.
In the 72nd minute Eastleigh made their last change as Danny Whitehall replaced Harry Pritchard.
The momentum was now in favour of The Shots, Jacob Berkeley-Agyepong dribbled the ball through the middle of the park and won a free kick right on the edge of the Eastleigh box. The resulting free kick by Kinsella was curled over the wall but went just past the post.
In the 76th minute Aldershot Town made their final change as Scott Wagstaff replaced Ryan Glover.
Moments later Aldershot Town doubled their lead. Jacob Berkeley-Agyepong bought the ball out from the back and passed to glover on the wing, who was able to cut inside and win a free kick on the edge of the box. The resulting free kick was superbly curled into the far post by Lewis Kinsella to give The Shots a two-goal lead.
In the 85th minute Aldershot Town carried on their momentum and scored a third. Harris brought the ball forward and played it through to Andrews who was one on one with the keeper and he calmly slotted the ball through the keepers legs to kill the game off.
There were three minutes added on before the ref blew for full time and The Shots gained three valuable points.
The Shots are in action next weekend when they face Kingstonian FC at home in the third round of the Buildbase FA Trophy.
Eastleigh FC: 1 J McDonnell, 2 J Hare, 5 T Broadbent, 6 A Boyce, 8 H Pritchard (Whitehall 72’) ,10 T Barnett (C), 11 R Hill (Smart 66’), 18 B House, 20 T Whelan, 25 C Maghoma (Hollands 66’), 26 V Harper
Unused Subs: 3 M Kelly, 12 J Hesketh
Aldershot Town FC: 37 L Walker (G/K), 3 L Kinsella (C) , 7 A Whittingham, 11 C Andrews, 12 C Oxlade-Chamberlain, 14 R Glover (Wagstaff 76’), 16 C Jordan, 18 M Sylla, 26 A Saunders, 27 T Willard (Berkeley-Agyepong 62’) , 36 J Gubbins (Harris 33’)
Unused Subs: 1 M Walker (G/K), 20 M Ndjoli