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Aldershot Town 2-1 Braintree Town

Braintree slipped out of the National League play-off places after suffering a surprise defeat at Aldershot.

Simeon Akinola handed The Iron the lead with a lobbed finished over Phil Smith.

Omar Beckles' header brought the Shots back on level terms as Braintree conceded their first goal in 531 minutes.

Aldershot - who have won once since January - secured all three points as striker Ross Lafayette's shot was saved with Nathan Ralph netting the rebound.

Braintree fall to sixth, despite being level on points with-fifth placed Dover in the final play-off place after Tranmere's win over bottom-of-the-table Kidderminster.

Aldershot Town boss Barry Smith told BBC Surrey:

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Barry Smith: Aldershot Town boss on win over Braintree

"I'm delighted with the way they came back from going a goal down.

"We've had a few sore ones recently and I thought their determination, grit and the desire to get themselves back into the game was excellent.

"If you lose a goal you always want to score as soon as possible, but we had confidence if we kept doing the right things we would've created other chances.

"I thought we got the ball down and played some good stuff at certain spells during the game and limited them to very few opportunities."

Line-ups

Aldershot

  • 1Smith
  • 12Alexander
  • 14Beckles
  • 7Hatton
  • 3McGinty
  • 6Oliver
  • 17Rasulo
  • 23LafayetteSubstituted forPaveyat 77'minutes
  • 24Ralph
  • 8Stevenson
  • 16Gallagher

Substitutes

  • 5Saville
  • 10Walker
  • 13Thomas
  • 19Walker
  • 20Pavey

Braintree

  • 1King
  • 7BrundleSubstituted forEdgarat 77'minutes
  • 15PhillipsBooked at 55mins
  • 30Woodyard
  • 3Habergham
  • 6Fry
  • 32PowellSubstituted forIsaacat 53'minutes
  • 8Davis
  • 11SparkesSubstituted forMilesat 64'minutes
  • 25Cardwell
  • 10Akinola

Substitutes

  • 4Isaac
  • 12Gardner
  • 14Miles
  • 22Edgar
  • 23Cheek
Referee:
Adam Bromley

Match Stats

Home TeamAldershotAway TeamBraintree
Possession
Home42%
Away58%
Shots
Home10
Away6
Shots on Target
Home6
Away1
Corners
Home5
Away3
Fouls
Home6
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Aldershot Town 2, Braintree Town 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Aldershot Town 2, Braintree Town 1.

Attempt missed. Mark Phillips (Braintree Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Foul by Anthony Edgar (Braintree Town).

Giorgio Rasulo (Aldershot Town) wins a free kick.

Foul by Giorgio Rasulo (Aldershot Town).

Anthony Edgar (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

Foul by Alfie Pavey (Aldershot Town).

Matt Fry (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

Attempt missed. Anthony Edgar (Braintree Town) right footed shot from outside the box.

Corner, Braintree Town.

Attempt blocked. Simeon Akinola (Braintree Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Omar Beckles (Aldershot Town).

Simeon Akinola (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

Substitution

Substitution, Aldershot Town. Alfie Pavey replaces Ross Lafayette.

Substitution

Substitution, Braintree Town. Anthony Edgar replaces Mitch Brundle.

Attempt missed. Ross Lafayette (Aldershot Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the right.

Corner, Braintree Town.

Attempt missed. Harry Cardwell (Braintree Town) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right.

Goal!

Goal! Aldershot Town 2, Braintree Town 1. Nathan Ralph (Aldershot Town) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ross Lafayette.

Attempt saved. Ross Lafayette (Aldershot Town) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved.

Corner, Aldershot Town.

Attempt missed. Ross Lafayette (Aldershot Town) left footed shot from the left side of the box.

Corner, Aldershot Town.

Substitution

Substitution, Braintree Town. Taylor Miles replaces Dan Sparkes.

Attempt saved. Sam Hatton (Aldershot Town) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved.

Foul by Sam Hatton (Aldershot Town).

Simeon Akinola (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

Attempt blocked. Jim Stevenson (Aldershot Town) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Foul by Alex Woodyard (Braintree Town).

Jim Stevenson (Aldershot Town) wins a free kick.

Attempt missed. Nathan Ralph (Aldershot Town) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right.

Attempt saved. Sam Hatton (Aldershot Town) right footed shot from long range on the left is saved.

Booking

Mark Phillips (Braintree Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Mark Phillips (Braintree Town).

Ross Lafayette (Aldershot Town) wins a free kick.

Offside, Braintree Town. Kenny Davis tries a through ball, but Kenny Davis is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Braintree Town. Chez Isaac replaces Jack Powell.

Foul by Matt Fry (Braintree Town).

Ross Lafayette (Aldershot Town) wins a free kick.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Cheltenham412511576284886
2Forest Green41259766382884
3Grimsby382012672333972
4Tranmere4119121056401669
5Dover392081169492068
6Braintree391911944281668
7Eastleigh39199115748966
8Wrexham401981366462065
9Gateshead41189145059-963
10Macclesfield401761754441057
11Lincoln City411512146257557
12Bromley41168176364-156
13Barrow391411145565-1053
14Woking40148186058250
15Aldershot40148184462-1850
16Southport411211184156-1547
17Chester401111185462-844
18Guiseley40915163961-2242
19Boreham Wood40913183441-740
20Halifax381010185073-2340
21Altrincham39912184163-2239
22Torquay39911194168-2738
23Welling41711233258-2632
24Kidderminster40610244065-2528
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