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F.A. Cup- Aldershot

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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”.

fleetwood v aldershot town fa cup 2nd rnd 01/12/12