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Aldershot Town 1-2 Southport

First-half goals from Paul Smith and George Donnelly helped Southport win at fellow Conference strugglers Aldershot to move four points clear of trouble.

The visitors went ahead on 19 minutes when an unmarked Smith poked home after being picked out by Charlie Joyce.

Southport then extended their lead six minutes later when Smith crossed for Donnelly to find the bottom corner.

Shots striker Brett Williams pulled one back on 58 minutes when he headed home Jordan Roberts' cross.

But it could have been a bigger winning margin, Donnelly grazing the post with a long-range effort late on as Aldershot stretched their winless streak to three league games.

The Shots remain 18th, but are now only eights points clear of trouble as Welling won at Lincoln.

Aldershot Town caretaker boss Chris Barker told BBC Surrey:

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Barker on Aldershot v Southport

"I thought Southport were very good in the first half. We give two sloppy goals away and I warned the boys about their away performances, so we knew all about that.

"But we can't start like we did and give goals away, so it is very disappointing.

"If we only lose one in seven for the rest of the season, I'll take that right now."

Line-ups

Aldershot

  • 1Smith
  • 7Hatton
  • 5Wilson
  • 18SaundersSubstituted forRichardsat 65'minutes
  • 3McGinty
  • 6Barker
  • 8MolesleySubstituted forJarvisat 85'minutes
  • 23German
  • 9Williams
  • 14RobertsBooked at 90mins
  • 19StevensonSubstituted forLathropeat 46'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Lathrope
  • 11Scott
  • 13Thomas
  • 16Richards
  • 17Jarvis

Southport

  • 19Brezovan
  • 2Challoner
  • 6Foster
  • 14Joyce
  • 24Beesley
  • 11DaviesBooked at 57mins
  • 20SmithSubstituted forThompsonat 88'minutes
  • 4Kay
  • 8George
  • 23Donnelly
  • 10BrodieSubstituted forMcCarthyat 89'minutesBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 3Fitzpatrick
  • 9Thompson
  • 17Almond
  • 27McCarthy
  • 28Usai
Referee:
Adam Bromley
Attendance:
1,646

Match Stats

Home TeamAldershotAway TeamSouthport
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home4
Away12
Shots on Target
Home4
Away6
Corners
Home0
Away0
Fouls
Home11
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Aldershot Town 1, Southport 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Aldershot Town 1, Southport 2.

Foul by Joe Thompson (Southport).

Jordan Roberts (Aldershot Town) wins a free kick.

Foul by Sean McGinty (Aldershot Town).

Joe Thompson (Southport) wins a free kick.

Foul by Jordan Roberts (Aldershot Town).

Luke George (Southport) wins a free kick.

Booking

Jordan Roberts (Aldershot Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Corner, Aldershot Town.

Booking

Connor McCarthy (Southport) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by George Donnelly (Southport).

Jordan Roberts (Aldershot Town) wins a free kick.

Offside, Southport. Connor McCarthy tries a through ball, but Connor McCarthy is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Southport. Connor McCarthy replaces Richard Brodie.

Substitution

Substitution, Southport. Joe Thompson replaces Paul Smith.

Attempt missed. George Donnelly (Southport) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Aldershot Town. Ryan Jarvis replaces Mark Molesley.

Foul by Brett Williams (Aldershot Town).

Luke Foster (Southport) wins a free kick.

Corner, Aldershot Town.

Attempt saved. Jordan Roberts (Aldershot Town) left footed shot from outside the box is saved.

Foul by Scott Kay (Southport).

Jordan Roberts (Aldershot Town) wins a free kick.

Foul by Mark Molesley (Aldershot Town).

Luke George (Southport) wins a free kick.

Corner, Aldershot Town.

Foul by Jordan Roberts (Aldershot Town).

Matthew Challoner (Southport) wins a free kick.

Attempt saved. George Donnelly (Southport) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

Substitution

Substitution, Aldershot Town. Tom Richards replaces Matthew Saunders because of an injury.

Foul by Paul Smith (Southport).

Damon Lathrope (Aldershot Town) wins a free kick.

Attempt saved. Antonio German (Aldershot Town) left footed shot from outside the box is saved.

Corner, Aldershot Town.

Offside, Southport. Paul Smith tries a through ball, but Paul Smith is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Paul Smith (Southport) left footed shot from outside the box is saved.

Goal!

Goal! Aldershot Town 1, Southport 2. Brett Williams (Aldershot Town) header from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jordan Roberts with a cross.

Booking

Tom Davies (Southport) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Luke George (Southport).

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