MATCH REPORT: Shots 2-1 Scunthorpe

The Shots picked up a crucial win in front of 2,252 at the EBB, as goals from Tahvon Campbell and Tyler Cordner saw Tommy Widdrington extended his unbeaten start to three games.

Shots remained unchanged from Monday’s dramatic comeback draw against Eastleigh, with Widdrington sticking with the same 11 which got a point.

The game began in a pattern which would remain the norm in the first half, with Ryan Glover, Tahvon Campbell and Henry Ochieng all causing problems for the Scunthorpe defence. Glover came the closest in the fourth minute, with his cross whipped past everyone in the Scunthorpe box, including keeper Owen Foster. Unfortunately for the Shots, the ball also beat the post, and went behind for a goal kick.

On the front foot, Shots came close in the 36th minute. Jack Barham did some good work to win the ball back in the Scunthorpe half, and with just Tahvon Campbell and two Scunthorpe defenders ahead of him, Barham pulled the trigger, but saw his shot saved.

As the old saying goes: if at first you don’t succeed, try again. Shots finally got the breakthrough in the 37th minute, and it came after some hard work from Tahvon Campbell. The striker held the ball up, and shifted to get a shot away, which at first didn’t succeed, but the rebound was volleyed home by Campbell to give Shots a deserved 1-0 lead.

Shots continued to be the better of the two sides but were unable to add to their lead as the game headed towards half time.

HALF TIME: Shots 1-0 Scunthorpe

The visitors started the game the better of the two sides, and in the 48th minute found themselves level. A simple free kick over the top found Andrew Boyce, who headed over Luca Ashby Hammond to bring the game back level.

After being on the back foot for much of the second half, Tommy Widdrington went to the bench. Jake Hutchinson and Myles Kenlock were introduced in the place of Joe Partington and Justin Amaluzor.

The chances were few and far between in the second half, but Ryan Glover came close in the 68th minute. A corner delivered deep by Ollie Harfield was cleared, and sat up invitingly for Ryan Glover, who needed no second invitation as he volleyed his well hit effort just wide.

With 10 minutes left, widdrington made his final change, as Josh McQuoid replaced Henry Ochieng with the Shots searching for a winner.

The Shots had retaken control of the game, and in the 83rd got their rewards. Tahvon Campbell did well to win a free kick in a dangerous position, and Ollie Harfield delivered a peach of a cross onto the head of Tyler Cordner who headed home for Aldershot, putting them 2-1 ahead.

It was tense around the EBB after the goal, but the Shots held on to win a must win game to keep themselves out of the drop zone, with only three games left of the season.

Aldershot Team: 1. Luca Ashby-Hammond, 3. Ollie Harfield, 4. Joe Partington (c) (17. Jake Hutchinson, 61′), 5. Tyler Cordner, 7. Justin Amaluzor (2. Myles Kenlock), 9. Tahvon Campbell, 16. Corey Jordan, 18. Henry Ochieng (10. Josh McQuoid, 80′), 22. Haji Mnoga, 23. Ryan Glover, 30. Jack Barham, Unused subs: 15. Jai Rowe, 20. Michael Klass