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Aldershot Town 5-1 Southport

Brett Williams' hat-trick led Aldershot to an emphatic win over Southport.

The striker fired in from 25 yards with only 30 seconds gone before visiting defender James Smith scored an own goal to double the hosts' advantage.

After midfielder Adam Mekki struck from distance and Williams chipped in the Shots were four up after 24 minutes.

Mekki was then fouled late on, leaving Williams to grab his third from the spot before Southport midfielder Brice Irie-Bi grabbed a late consolation.

Aldershot's victory was just their second in nine Conference Premier matches and they remain 23rd, five points adrift of 18th-placed Southport.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Aldershot Town manager Andy Scott told BBC Surrey:

"It's been a tough month and we've all had to endure some poor performances, some tough times and the amount of injuries - but the players deserve that and the fans deserve that as well.

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Andy Scott: Aldershot Town boss after Southport victory

"It's not often you go four-nil up after 24 minutes and it was a strange afternoon because we could've had seven goals before half-time.

"Having not scored and been struggling in front of goal, it was really nice to get back to winning ways.

"The pleasing thing is that we kept that pressure and kept driving forward and scored some really good goals and they looked like they were going to concede every time we attacked."

Line-ups

Aldershot

  • 27Henly
  • 15BarkerSubstituted forGibbsat 74'minutes
  • 28Butler
  • 6Webster
  • 7MekkiSubstituted forRowlandsat 83'minutes
  • 12Oyeleke
  • 4Stanley
  • 14Roberts
  • 24Young
  • 16StruttonSubstituted forPatersonat 47'minutes
  • 9Williams

Substitutes

  • 8Rowlands
  • 21Williams
  • 10Paterson
  • 22Gibbs

Southport

  • 1Hurst
  • 20Fitzpatrick
  • 24BrownSubstituted forFlynnat 46'minutes
  • 12ChallonerBooked at 77minsSubstituted forHattersleyat 88'minutes
  • 2Smith
  • 14RutherfordSubstituted forIrie-Biat 46'minutes
  • 8Milligan
  • 28Logan
  • 6BrownBooked at 2mins
  • 27Abadaki
  • 25Brodie

Substitutes

  • 21Osawe
  • 15Hattersley
  • 26Irie-Bi
  • 19Stevenson
  • 5Flynn
Referee:
Lee Swabey
Attendance:
1,592

Match Stats

Home TeamAldershotAway TeamSouthport
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home11
Away5
Shots on Target
Home8
Away1
Corners
Home0
Away0
Fouls
Home7
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Aldershot Town 5, Southport 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Aldershot Town 5, Southport 1.
Foul by Danny Hattersley (Southport).
Jordan Roberts (Aldershot Town) wins a free kick.
Attempt saved. Martin Rowlands (Aldershot Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.
Foul by Jaydon Gibbs (Aldershot Town).
David Fitzpatrick (Southport) wins a free kick.
Corner, Aldershot Town.
Danny Hattersley (Southport) hits the woodwork with a right footed shot from the right side of the box.
Foul by Danny Hattersley (Southport).
Brett Williams (Aldershot Town) wins a free kick.
Attempt saved. Matthew Paterson (Aldershot Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

Substitution

Substitution, Southport. Danny Hattersley replaces Matthew Challoner.

Goal!

Goal! Aldershot Town 5, Southport 1. Brice Irie-Bi (Southport).
Offside, Aldershot Town. Matthew Paterson tries a through ball, but Matthew Paterson is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Aldershot Town. Martin Rowlands replaces Adam Mekki.
Attempt missed. Joel Logan (Southport) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.
Foul by Brice Irie-Bi (Southport).
Dan Butler (Aldershot Town) wins a free kick.
Offside, Southport. Brice Irie-Bi tries a through ball, but Brice Irie-Bi is caught offside.
goal

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