Beavers Shot down in latest friendly
By Stefan Rance
The Beavers gave as good as they got against the Shots, two divisions higher, but couldn't score and ended up just losing by the single strike.
It was a steady start by the Beavers, and they created the first chance on 8 minutes as a Tom Jelley free kick was met by Eddie Hutchinson on the edge of the box. His header looped over Phil Smith, who was always struggling to reach it; the ball struck the bar and was cleared.
Both teams were taking advantage of the lush Beveree surface to play neat passing football and the Shots soon started to impose themselves on the game. After Gallagher had seen a fierce shot pushed wide by Seb Brown, who was on top form throughout the first half, Charlie Walker could only lift a first time shot over the bar from close range.
For the next few moments, it was the Charlie Walker vs Seb Brown show. On 28 minutes, the striker blazed a shot at goal that Brown parried away; Walker then followed up and tried to stab the ball past the keeper but he recovered well to push the second attempt wide for the corner.
A couple of minutes later, Walker was frustrated again by Brown as the striker attempted to flick home Dan Walker's deflected attempt from close range but the in-form keeper was equal to it and blocked the shot.
Josh Casey was putting in a good shift down the left but his attempt on goal was over the bar.
With 5 minutes to go before the break, the Shots took the lead after Dan Walker chased down a long ball in the corner, just pulling it back by the line. His cross was missed by everyone, and was picked up by Stevenson. The midfielder stepped inside and clipped a neat finish into the opposite corner from the angle of the box, giving Brown little chance.
Walker vs Brown still had one short act to conclude the contest as a stooping header was bundled away at by the foot of the post just before the halftime whistle.
The raft of substitutions at the interval made the second half quite disjointed for the visitors as the Beavers tried to come back into the match but couldn't quite manage it, there being few goalmouth incidents until the last 15 minutes.
Eddie Hutchinson had made a decent showing in a withdrawn holding role, just in front of the back four and as the game wound down, he had a couple of half chances at the Aldershot end. On 73 minutes, Dan Thompson's cross was met by the midfielders but just went over the bar; a few minutes later, his drive through the centre from Thompson's lay-off gave his a sight of goal, but the shot ws blocked and flew gently to Smith.
The Beavers' best chance came with just 10 minutes left on the clock. Smith fluffed a goal kick and it fell to Jake Rose midway inside the Shots half. He must've been quite surprised to get the chance as his shot from the edge of the box wasn't powerful enough and Smith was able to get back and fumbled the ball away for a corner.
It was clear the Beavers missed the injured Charlie Moone and no doubt Dowse will be looking for options in the next few weeks.