A dramatic game at Hayes Lane saw Aldershot Town pick up all three points against Bromley, as a goal in the 90+14th minute from Coby Rowe completed a dramatic turnaround against Andy Woodman’s side.
The Shots made it hard for themselves, though, as Louis Dennis and Michael Cheek scored early goals to give Bromley a 2-0 lead 3 minutes in, Hugo Langton, assistant to Tommy Widdrington, relfected on the slow start
“We just didn’t deal with two long balls well at all, listen Michael Cheek is very hard to play against and he had Louis Dennis and Corey Whitely running off him and they’re good footballers, and they’re seasoned players at this level, but we didn’t do well enough in the first few minutes”
Aldershot, as has been shown many times over the season, have a never say die attitude, and after going into the break 2-0 down managed to pull one back through Jack Barham in the 59th minute. Starting partner on the night Lorent Tolaj made it 2-2 in the 73rd minute, and Kwame Thomas came off the bench to win the corner which lead to Aldershot’s winner. Langton was full of praise for the three strikers after the game
“We’ve got a nice blend up front, we’ve got three strikers as it were, four if you include Josh Stokes, and those three lads you just mentioned (Barham, Tolaj & Thomas) they’ve all got different attributes, they’ve all got different strengths and I think they can all complement each other, Kwame gives a different problem to Lorent and Lorent gives a different problem to what Jack gives, we’ve got three really good strikers and we know it doesn’t matter who out of the three comes on the pitch, we know they’re always going to pose a threat like they did tonight”
Coby Rowe joined Aldershot from Sutton in the summer, and while Haji Mnoga and Cian Harries have found the net for Tommy Widdrington’s side this season Coby Rowe was yet to score, but deep into added time he popped up when it mattered most and found a way to give the Shots all the points, which Hugo Langton was delighted about
“I think at the other end of the pitch we all need to weigh in a little bit and it is something we have spoken to them about a lot over time, not just Coby but the other centre halves as well and it’s lovely to see, especially for Coby to get his first goal for the club so yeah, I’m really pleased for him”
Hayes Lane on any ocassion is a tough ask, especially this season, as Bromley had lost just once at home all season and heading into the game had the second best defensive record in the National League, but for the Shots fans, nothing is too far, as was reflected by the wonderful support of the 252 travelling fans, which Hugo Langton spoke about at full time
“It doesn’t matter who you’re playing against when you come back from a negative situation to win it’s a great feeling and it’s lovely to see the fans at the end with smiles on their faces and ultimately that’s what it’s all about so I’m delighted for them”
The Shots look to continue to defend their home record this weekend as Halifax Town visit the EBB, with Tommy Widdrington’s side having lost only once to National League leaders Chesterfield at home all season, and tickets for Shots fans are available to purchase HERE.