Aldershot Town 1 – 2 Sutton United

All a buzz for our first home match of the 20/21 season with the Shots Live Stream up and running, if there is radio commentary I’ll find it and update this post live via the Shits Twitter feed.

Early questions of course to include WILL WE SEE MCCORMACK? and WILL ALFY START?

I like the digital match programme idea. All football league and non leagues are taking part and through a company website and app, you can create an account, pay for and download the programme.

The live TV stream costs £9.99 a game or £70 for all of them until the Covud 19 situation and Government guidelines on fans in stadiums is reviewed.

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For all of us it feels strange, also sad, to be sat at home, not being trusted to self isolate where we can fly on a plane in an enclosed space but aren’t allowed to watch football outdoors.

I’ll bet some locals will go, share some beer in the Crimea and lurk around outside the gates. What about top of Redan Hill, up a tree with some binoculars?

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You ain’t seen me… right? 

It looks like with all the news coming out of the EBB throughout the day that everything’s going according to plan and all we need later is three much needed points. 

This will be a tough challenge as visitors SUTTON UNITED saw off Maidenhead United 3-0 on the opening day. 

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I expect these matchday magazines have come a long way since almost sixty years ago. 

On this day  in 1965 – Aldershot 2-1 Newport County.  Alan Burton and Bobby Howfield goals gave the Shots 2 points in this Wednesday evening fixture. Attendance: 5038. 

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An hour until kick-off. Lining up a sirloin steak and some ales. Being in the comfort of your own home doesn’t cut it at all but it is what it is.

Got the programme and here’s a few cut out pages!

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Team news on the way…

One up front? Alfy on the bench. KLF in the side. Oh dear… we’ll see.

Fear the worst tonight I do, we’re very much in transition and Sutton may be too powerful. But we live in hope. Kick off on the way…

3′ Randall tries his luck from distance which is comfortable for Walker before Rees’ dangerous cross in collected by Bouzanis at the other end.

A lot of concern about the cameras not following the ball on Shots TV. Let’s hope the players are following the ball…

9′ A Sutton corner comes in from the left as the referee waves away claims for a foul from the away players, but a goal kick is given.

Maidenhead lead Kings Lynn 1-0 after 7 minutes.

11′ Walker clears a pass through which was difficult to control, dealing with it well in the end.

13′ Randall creates some space for himself in the box, but Walker gets down well to hold the drive.

15′ Sho-Silva gets up for a header but is unable to keep the effort down.

18′ Walker reacts well to beat Sho-Silva to a deflected long-distance shot.

WORRYING TIMES – ALL SUTTON SO FAR

22′ Bettamer stays down for a moment after a firm but fair challenge high up the pitch for the Shots. He’s back on his feet.

24′ Fowler and Tanner work it well down the right and force a corner.

25′ Lyons-Foster and a Sutton player are both down following a head collison.

27′ Both players have been treated and are now back on the pitch.

Torquay a goal up at Eastleigh, Stockport equalise at home to Halifax.

29′ Tanner works a cross into the middle but Bouzanis beats Bettamer to the ball, with a punch.

Wealdstone take the lead at Yeovil, Bromley and Dagenham one up at home in their games.

34′ Edser wins a free-kick on the left-hand-side in a dangerous crossing position.

35′ Lyons-Foster is removed from the action momentarily to further treat a cut on his head. The delivery comes in but Finney can’t direct his header on target.

HERE COMES TROUBLE!

38′ Finney bundles Sho-Silva over to give away a free kick just outside the area.

TOLD YOU SO!

39′ Goal to Sutton. Milsom whips the set-piece in, it is parried by Walker onto the head of Eastmond who heads home. The Sutton midfielder stayed down after he scored but appears to be okay after some treatment.

SIGN OF THE TIMES?

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44′ Ogie breaks forward well on the left, but gives away a foul as a defender comes across to cover.

HALF TIME: SHOTS 0-1 SUTTON

SECOND HALF UNDERWAY…

48′ Edser weaves his way through the Sutton defence but can’t find a teammate in the box. Rees and Bettamer link up but the former’s low cross goes straight into the arms of Bouzanis. A positive start to the second period for the home side.

52′ Nouble drives into the box and plays it into Rees who fouls the defender as he clears.

55′ Tanner tries to find Nouble at the back post after a good bit of possession, but it is slightly over hit and goes out for a goal kick.

57′ Ogie wins a corner for the hosts.

59′ Nouble is adjudged to have fouled his man when chasing a loose ball.

61′ Milsom’s free-kick is very well saved by Walker down to his left-hand side.

61′ Rees is fouled and wins a free-kick in a promising position. Tanner and Bettamer stand over it.

63′ Bettamer takes and it’s another good save to deny him, this time from Bouzanis.

63′ A scramble in the area including a few blocked shots following a corner ends in the ball within the gloves of Bouzanis.

66′ Bugiel fouls Ogie and will be the second player to go into the referee’s book. Nouble picked up a yellow earlier.

72′ CHANCE – Tanner finds Nouble but he can’t quite squirm the header on target as it goes just wide of the near post

WE ARE LEVEL!!! 🔵⚽🔴

82′ Beautyman has a snapshot on the half-volley from the edge of the area but it flies way over the bar.


83′ Edser picks up a booking for a handball in the middle of the park

84′ Sutton win what looked to be a soft free-kick on the left-hand side.

AND THEN, LIKE YOU KNEW EXACTLY WHAT WAS COMING…

85′ Goal to Sutton The free-kick is played in and appears to go in off of Finney’s head.

And finally, Whittingham comes on. 🤬

I know what you mean but I don’t think Poole Town allow fans in either.

90′ Sendles-White almost finds Bettamer with a long ball but it’s just out of the reach of the striker.

90′ Coby Rowe cynically hacks down Tanner and picks up a yellow card.

90′ +4 The Shots win a free-kick with seconds to go. After a bit of a scramble in the box, Rees can only direct his header wide of the target when the ball came at him quickly.

VERDICT

There’ll be a mixture of disappointment and anger tonight and mostly because we have just seen the same old Aldershot, haven’t we?

Can’t defend set pieces and giving away needless set pieces in the first place was an Achilles Heel last season.

Walker at fault for both goals but then how many times has Mitch saved us?

Two games, two defeats, worse than last season’s start.

Were there any positives to take from tonight?

Is this a team that can go places?

Do you still have faith in Danny Searle?

If you managed to see bits of the game through the not so clever TV camera-work, reply below!

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