Aldershot Town Ladies 2 Slough Ladies 1
Di Smith: Player of the match.
Aldershot Town Ladies managed to stage their Second Round League Cup fixture on Sunday and were happy to progress to Round Three in what proved to be a close tie.
The Shots played into the wind during the first half but started the better side and forced Slough Ladies on to the back foot from the kick off.
Tracey Marlow and Nicky Moore started to give the Slough defence a real headache by splitting the defence apart on a number of occasions and this caused Slough to become heavy handed with Marlow, and a number of free kicks followed.
After 14 minutes Marlow hussled for the ball and took it off a defender only to be hacked down in the penalty area and the referee correctly awarded a penalty.
Hannah Grover coolly placed the ball into the corner of the net to give The Shots a 1-0 lead.
After the goal, Slough began to create some chances of their own but The Shots defence held firm and managed to clear every threat that was thrown at them until the twentieth minute when Slough finally drew level.
With Slough winning a corner, The Shots failed to clear the ball and a scramble in the six-yard-box final saw the ball poked into the back of The Shots net beyond Hubbard to level the score.
In the second half The Shots again started the liveliest. and with the wind behind them, The Shots slick passing started to have an effect on the game.
Marlow was becoming a really handful and Shepherd and North where feeding her from the midfield.
The Slough keeper was always in the right position to clear the threat, however on fifty-one minutes an outstanding strike settled the match. As the ball was cleared by The Shots defence, Smith kept her run going and Slough players failed to close her down. As Smith reached a position a whole thirty-yards out, she looked up and smashed an unstoppable shot which sailed by the static Slough keeper and burst the roof of the net to give The Shots the lead.
With this, Slough changed there tactics and pushed three up front but this gave The Shots more space to exploit and they came close on a number of occasions including a Marlow effort which rattled the woodwork and Emma North had a great effort which only just looped wide.
Final score 2-1.
Andy Liddicotts views:
"The girls really produced the goods today and we looked confident, strong and most importantly our fitness levels looked really good after a Christmas lay off.
"It was important to get the football flowing again and they certainly did that.
"We really stretched their defence and if it wasn't for the young Slough centre-half, we could have scored more. We go into the next round full of confidence next week away to Southampton side BTEC Riverside who we beat 5-1 at there place earlier in the season.
Player of the Match: Di Smith.