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Report: Aldershot 0-3 Notts

O'Brien, Rodrigues and Nemane score in victory

7 January 2023

Goals from Jim O'Brien, Ruben Rodrigues and Aaron Nemane fired us to our first victory at Aldershot since 1988.

O'Brien struck from close range in the first half and both Rodrigues and Nemane produced lovely second-half finishes to earn us another vital three points.

Luke Williams made three changes to the side that kicked off 2023 with a draw at Oldham Athletic.

Adam Chicksen was selected at left wing back, allowing captain Kyle Cameron to return to his more familiar role on the left of the back three.

The bench-bound John Bostock was replaced by O’Brien, who slotted in alongside Matt Palmer in central midfield.

Ahead of them, Ruben Rodrigues played behind front pair Macaulay Langstaff and Cedwyn Scott, the latter returning to the starting XI after scoring his third goal in two matches off the bench at Boundary Park.

We made an uncharacteristically slow start to the match, with the Shots going close first when they whistled a free-kick narrowly off-target on eight minutes.

It didn’t take us long to gain control, however, and we had a big chance of our own when Palmer curled a cross towards Langstaff. Perhaps unsighted by the defender in front of him, the forward could only direct his stooping header straight at Luca Ashby-Hammond.

Scott nodded a header of his own on to the roof of the net and Ruben Rodrigues fired a free-kick over as we continued our pursuit of the opener.

And we got it on 27 minutes when Langstaff twisted and turned in the box before seeing his eventual shot blocked by a sprawling defender. O’Brien was first to the loose ball, though, and fired it beyond Ashby-Hammond from close range.

Scott’s eyes lit up five minutes later when a fluffed clearance presented him with an excellent shooting chance inside the area. Again, however, a Shots defender dived in to make a crucial block.

Kyle Cameron was the next to see a shot diverted away before we had penalty appeals turned down when Aaron Nemane, a constant threat down the right, saw his cross blocked.

There were no changes at half-time but, on 56 minutes, we altered the scoreline in our favour when Langstaff laid the ball off for Rodrigues to find the perfect, curled finish low into the bottom corner from 20 yards.

We so nearly had a third five minutes later when Scott lashed the ball goalwards, only for Ashby-Hammond to make an outstanding save at his near post.

Williams sent Bostock and Geraldo Bajrami on for Rodrigues and Cameron on 66 minutes, with the Shots offering a rare threatening moment a minute later when Oliver Pendlebury’s shot deflected narrowly wide.

Quevin Castro was the next man to be introduced, replacing Scott at a time when the match was fizzling out.

But there was still time for another big moment as Shots keeper Ashby-Hammond inadvertently presented Nemane with the ball and watched on as the wing back lobbed it over his head and into the net with a perfectly-judged 30-yard lob.

STARTING XI: Slocombe; Cameron (Bajrami 66'), Baldwin, Brindley; Chicksen, Nemane; O'Brien, Palmer, Rodrigues (Bostock 66'); Scott (Castro 81'), Langstaff

UNUSED SUBS: Francis, Mitchell

BOOKINGS: Brindley 76', Castro 90'

ATTENDANCE: 2,039 (454)

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