Aldershot Town 1 Torquay United 0

By Shotswebs Rob Worrall
Last updated : 09 March 2011

We've had to wait ten long matches, but finally and deservedly, Shots gave us fans that long awaited victory, thanks to a 52nd minute 6 yard volleyed strike by Luke Guttirdge.

Without first choice wingers Alex Rodman and Jermaine McGlashan due to injury, Shots manager Dean Holdsworth gave another start to Albert Jarrett, whilst, as expected Anthony Straker came in at left back to replace Aaron Morris. Ex Shots striker Jake Robinson started up front for Torquay.

 

The first half was pretty dire stuff with both teams playing a 4-5-1. There were no shots on target by either side and Aldershot had the only two off target efforts....a header by Anthony Charles and a shot by Luke Guttridge.

Holdsworth brought on Adam Mekki at half time for the highly ineffective Albert Jarrett and with his first run, the youngster won a corner, from which Guttridge shot high over the bar. Moments later, Peter Vincenti had a simiilar effort....with, unfortunately, a similar result!

However, things were to improve and on 52 minutes, Shots took the lead. Vincenti's deep cross from the left was met at the far post by Luke Guttridge full on the volley, from 6 yards. 1-0 Shots!

It could have been two just a couple of minutes later. Mekki cutting in from the right, shooting with his left and stinging the hands of Gulls keeper Danny Potter who could only parry it into the path of Sills, but a retrieving Torquay defender just managed to get a toe to deflect it out for a corner. Then Straker's cross just evaded the diving Tim Sills at the far post. Shots were well on top now.

Torquay responded with a Zebroski effort which was always going well wide. Then a surging run from Craig Stanley saw him carry the ball from half way line to penalty area before shooting. His effort beat Young, but Darren Jones was on hand to clear off the line.

Hearts were in mouths as Shots conceded a free kick 25 yards out, on their left hand side and the left footed Kevin Nicholson stood over it as John nutter had in similar circumstances for Gillingham a week before. Thankfully though his effort was blocked and Shots fans breathed again.

Shots somehow managed to keep the ball down near the corner flag for almost all of the three minutes added time and hung on for a much needed win that takes them up to fifteenth place in League Two

Shots: Young Herd Jones Guttridge Straker Jarrett (Mekki) Halls Guttridge Hylton (Fortune) Vincenti Sills (Medley) Att: 1939 with 306 away fans 

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