Shots leapfrog Latics into fifth place after comfortable win

Date published: 08 March 2024

A goal in each half from James Daly and Tyler Frost handed National League play-off hopefuls Aldershot victory over rivals Latics as they climbed above their opponents into fifth place.

The Shots started strongly with Daly firing just wide and Stuart O'Keefe and Haji Mnoga threatening amid a goalmouth scramble.

They finally forced their way in front eight minutes before the break when Daly timed his run to perfection to meet Ryan Glover's cross and headed past keeper Mathew Hudson.

The home side looked certain to extend their lead four minutes after the restart when Lorent Tolaj beat the offside trap to run on to Glover's through-ball, but having rounded Hudson, he saw Harrison McGahey clear his tame attempt off the line despite stumbling and then prevent Josh Stokes from converting the rebound.

Tolaj had a second chance to get his name on the scoresheet from the penalty spot 16 minutes from time after being felled by Hudson, but he smashed his attempt against the post.

It was left to Frost to wrap up the win with a second in stoppage time.

Latics boss Micky Mellon said: "The only thing we can do now is take the deserved criticism that will come our way because we didn't represent a team that was fighting at the end of the table that we're at.

"We just didn't get going at any time.

"It was a thoroughly disappointing afternoon."

Latics' next fixture sees them make the short trip to Yorkshire rivals FC Halifax Town on Tuesday night.

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