A pulsating match full of action (and injuries!) on a hot day finishes all square. The boys show great determination and will to match the home team for much of the game – and the 90 mins (+bags of injury time) see-sawed from one team to another. In the end its Aldershot not us holding on for a point, as we show brilliant fitness to push for the winner (with 8 minutes injury time added on!). The spirit shown for a deserved point (which could have easily been more) gives me plenty of hope for what is to come.
Lee 6 Gallifuoco 8 McGinty 9 Turner 7
Young 8.5 Verma 7 Lathrope 8
Reid 8 Keating 7 Chaney 7
Subs: Williams 7 Hancox 6 Harrad 6
Keating finishes expertly from a tight angle after a nice through ball from Reid, who works tirelessly all afternoon to keep the Aldershot defence busy.
Man of the Match:
Sean McGinty. Sean has stepped up his game recently, and does excellently again. He makes numerous clearances, both with feet and head – whilst also keeping his head under pressure. His partnership with GG repels most things, and it will surprise me if Nico doesn’t stick with it at Lincoln. Apart from Sean – GG, Luke, Damon and Reidy all stand out, though the whole team deserves credit.
90 plus mins! Brett Williams cuts past the Shots defence down the right hand side, and has a great chance to either shoot or pass for the winner. Cole comes out quickly and just manages to claw it away. Agonising stuff, as it could well have tied up all 3 points. Cole then goes off injured and Rendell deputises in goal for the last 3 mins!
No doubt Aldershot have a very good Conference team, and the width they play with makes life difficult for us. They also play a high line, so that puts pressure on the lads – but also allows chances for our forwards to get free, which we just can’t fully exploit. Kanu is their stand out player for me, all tricky touches, lovely control and hard to stop! Their goal is a decent free kick over the wall, but Brendan might be thinking he should have done better.
Sam Chaney: Chaney has received a lot of criticism this season, mainly because he does have ability and has struggled to show it. Today he has good spells in the game, keeping it simple and using his light touch in difficult situations. He also makes some important blocks, and puts in a proper shift for the team. Hopefully a sign that the lad is maturing. He picked up a knock 2nd half (along with a few others) – with our threadbare squad thats a worry.
Away Fans Perspective:
The Recreation Ground is not the prettiest and could definitely do with a lick of paint! For some reason we are directed to the corner of one side, whilst one end behind the goal is only half used by the home crowd. The catering is under-staffed and the toilets amount to 3 portacabins, so room for improvement – especially if they go up! The home supporters do make lots of noise, and credit to them they continue to make that noise after going one down. Be nice if I get the another chance to visit again for a league fixture next season…
The lads have rolled their sleeves up again and three points would have sent us wild! It wasn’t to be be, however we are not done yet and the typically brilliant Yellow Army following (over 300) still believe in Nico and the team. I’ve enjoyed my day out with the Travel Club and met lots of lovely people, so a nice bonus. Come on you yellows!
Dominic – TT Editor