MATCH REPORT: Weymouth FC 0 Aldershot Town 1 (A)

A last-minute winner gave Aldershot Town all three points as they came away 1-0 victors at The Bob Lucas Stadium against Weymouth FC.

The Shots made two changes to the starting XI that drew with Southend United in midweek. Tommy Willard and Toby Edser came in place of Jacob Berkeley-Agyepong and Brad Webb, both of whom took their place on the bench.

New signing Scott Wilson also took his place on the bench, looking to make an impact after signing from Dagenham & Redbridge on an initial short-term loan.

It was a first-half that saw Aldershot Town look to threaten first, with Christian Oxlade-Chamberlain and Ryan Glover combining but the latter’s cross was easily dealt with by Fitzsimons two minutes into the game.

The Shots had the chance to open the scoring six minutes later from a corner that could only see Weymouth clear the danger away.

From this, it was the home side’s turn to threaten and would continue with a number of half-chances for Weymouth that either went wide of the goal or were well-defended by Aldershot Town, until The Shots best chance of the game came after great work from Jayden Harris in the 22nd minute.

Dribbling past three Weymouth defenders with the ball, the midfielder was rashly brought down just outside the Terras’ penalty area, but the resulting direct free-kick could only be converted over the top of the bar from the returning Tommy Willard.

The remainder of the first-half consisted of Weymouth pressure, but the Aldershot Town defence were switched on to the threat and saw the chances created out for the home side out well.

A few late chances came for The Shots to open the scoring came, with a wide free-kick and corner testing the Weymouth defence, with the effort coming in from Jordan that resulted in the corner for Aldershot Town, but the home side saw out the danger on both occasions and saw the score goal-less going into the half-time interval.

It was a much-improved second-half from Aldershot Town and straight away, an effort on goal was forced behind for a corner that caused Weymouth problems, before it was cleared away from the home side just a minute into the second-half.

From there, The Shots continued to push for an opening goal and could’ve had the chance from the penalty spot, with Mo Sylla brought down right on the penalty area line, but the referee dismissed claims and gave Aldershot Town a free-kick that was blocked from Weymouth once again.

The home side responded with a brief spell midway through the second half, but Aldershot Town saw out their threat with the pressure turning back onto the Terras from the 60th minute onwards.

A number of crosses came in for Aldershot Town but no-one was able to get on the end of it from an Aldershot Town perspective.

Late changes from Mark Molesley saw the tempo raised again as The Shots looked to come away with all three points late on and it was the impressive Jayden Harris who earned a free-kick in the 90th minute that saw the ball fall into the back of the net.

Make-shift wing-back Toby Edser whipped in the free-kick and a mixture of captain Kodi Lyons-Foster and Brandon Goodship forced the ball past Ross Fitzsimons and give The Shots a deserved win, given their second-half performance.

The final whistle blew just seconds later and saw Aldershot Town come away with the victory as they are next in action when they are back at home at The EBB Stadium to take on Barnet next Saturday.

Weymouth FC: 1 R Fitzsimons (G/K), 6 T Cordner, 8 O Mussa, 10 J McQuoid (C) (Goodship 45′), 12 H Mnoga, 14 T Bearwish, 17 A Drewe, 23 C Murray, 26 O Harfield, 29 J Greenidge (Rose 56′), 32 S Shields

Unused Subs: 4 X McBurnie, 5 B Morgan, 20 T Blair

Aldershot Town FC: 1 M Walker (G/K), 6 K Lyons-Foster (C), 8 T Edser, 11 H Panayiotou, 12 C Oxlade-Chamberlain, 14 R Glover (Berkeley-Agyepong 64′), 16 C Jordan, 18 M Sylla, 22 G Phillips, 23 J Harris, 27 T Willard (Ndjoli 74′)

Unused Subs: 31 C Coulter (G/K), 17 S Wilson, 32 B Webb