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Aldershot U18 1 – 3 West Ham U18, F.A. Youth Cup

Posted in Football with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 13, 2012 by jackpinnock

Speaking after West Ham U18 3-1 F.A. Youth cup victory over Aldershot Town U18, manager Nick Haycock expressed his delight of how his players performed, saying that they had ‘risen to the challenge’, but also said it was ‘a hard fought victory.’

Haycock said “In the end it was a great victory. All credit to Aldershot, because I thought they were well-organised, and had a game plan to try and upset us.”

Haycock also added “Sometimes coming away to a smaller club in an environment the boys are not used to, it took them time to adapt. Fair play to them, though, because they avoided a giant killing. It could have gone a different way at various stages of the game, so all in all, I’m pleased.”

A brace from captain, Elliot Lee, and a Jamie Harney header ensured West Ham U18 secured a place in the 4th round draw of the F.A. Youth Cup draw

Aldershot Town U18 boss, Terry Boyle described his side’s defeat as ‘harsh’, and also said he was ‘over the moon with how the players performed’.

Boyle said ” I thought the game was even stevens in the first half, and I actually thought for the majority of the half we outplayed West Ham which was a massive boost from our point of view, second half I think it’s fair to say that they had a little bit more quality in the final third and they capitalised on that, but I still think the score-line flatters them. We were chasing the game a little bit at the end but still managed to create plenty of chances but we were just a little bit too short on the day.”

The first half was fast paced, and intense, as both teams wanted to take an early lead. Aldershot linchpin, Reece Beckles-Richards forced Hammers shot stopper, Sam Baxter into an early save after 5 minutes. Shortly afterwards, Harry Cooksley, who is on the fringes of Dean Holdsworth’s first team plans, produced a free kick that went narrowly wide.

West Ham winger and Republic of Ireland U18 international, Kieran Sadlier, was involved in the Hammers best effort of the first half with a one on one chance that Shots keeper, Luke Williams commanded brilliantly.

On the 50th minute, Sadlier’s scuffed shot fell to Lee, who simply could not miss to put the Hammers in the lead. 1-0 quickly became 2-0 when Nathan Mavila, a summer acquisition from Wycombe Wanderers, swung a vicious corner that was met by the head of defender Harney.

With 15 minutes to play, Shots captain, Adam Brice headed past Baxter’s net after a sublime free kick from winger, Mitch McDonald.

However, Aldershot’s hopes of a remarkable comeback were dashed when the ever dangerous Lee pounced on a Beckles-Richards mistake and finished well to put West Ham safely through to the next round of the F.A Youth Cup.

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F.A. Cup- Aldershot

Posted in Football with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 11, 2012 by jackpinnock

Aldershot Town’s reward for narrowly scrapping past Fleetwood Town in the F.A. Cup second round is a very winnable Third round home tie against either the winners of Rotherham United or Notts County respectively.

Consequently, this was the end of Fleetwood manager Micky Mellon’s tenure, as a run of three straight defeats, and a disagreement over loan signings left Mellon’s contract terminated by mutual consent. He leaves Fleetwood 7th in the Npower League 2 table after promotion from the conference.

Dean Holdsworth’s men, who have gone no further than the fifth round, won 3-2 against the Lancashire side at Highbury.

The shots were unfortunate to go 1-0 down after a rapid start, but after 10 minutes, Fleetwood’s Junior Brown put the Lancashire outfit ahead after a fantastic cross by Fleetwood midfielder, Alan Goodhall.

10 minutes later, the Shots found themselves deservedly level when star striker, Danny Hylton intelligently left a stray pass too top scorer, Craig Reid, who laid the ball back too Hylton, whose fierce drive with his weaker foot was not match for Fleetwood keeper, Scott Davies.

A moment of pure brilliance from midfield enforcer, Peter Vincenti put Aldershot 2-1 up at the break when his 35 yard curling effort deceived Davies in the Fleetwood goal, as the ball dipped underneath the crossbar.

Fleetwood’ David Ball, and substitute Jamie Milligan wasted glorious opportunities to put the Higbury outfit level in this all important cup tie, but on 75 minutes, a classic counter attack saw the ever present, Danny Hylton, go past goalkeeper Davies, and from an acute angle, managed to squeeze the ball home and put the Shots 3-1 up with 15 minutes to play.

Aldershot was running down the clock with relative ease, however, the Hampshire side conceded a late goal to build the nerves of every associate with Aldershot. A Steve Gillespie shot deflected into the skies, Shots keeper Jamie Young came out confidently to collect, only to spill the ball into the path of David Ball who simply could not miss.

Nevertheless, Aldershot managed to hang onto the vital win and book themselves a place in the Third round of the F.A. Cup. Holdsworth mentioned that this win was @quite unexpected’, but he also said “he is pleased to have gone through”.

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Aldershot Town suffer Johnstone Paint heartache

Posted in Football with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 29, 2012 by jackpinnock

Aldershot Town suffered an early exit from the Johnstone Paint Trophy on Tuesday night, after a narrow defeat at the hands of debt ridden Plymouth Argyle at Home Park.

All of the goals came in the first half, when Paris Cowan-Hall put the hosts 1-0 up after just 30 seconds of play. The shots responded in tremendous fashion when Craig Reid engineered a stunning from inside the opposing box into the top left hand corner of the net. On the 30 minute mark, Argyle’s Andres Gurreiri rifled home in the bottom corner as Plymouth knocked Aldershot out of the Johnstone Paint Trophy.

Aldershot manager, Dean Holdsworth said “there were plenty of positives to take from the game”, and that the Shots “should have deserved more out of the game”.