Match ends, Braintree Town 0, Aldershot Town 1.
Aldershot end a desperate run of 18 matches without a win stretching back to early November by beating rock-bottom Braintree in the National League.
With the confidence of both sides clearly brittle given their league positions and woeful form, chances were understandably few and far between in the first half.
The caution finally subsided midway through the second period, with Reece Grant taking a long ball in his stride, and after beating his marker he then fired a superb strike past home keeper Ben Killip in the 64th minute.
Just as the Shots appeared to be coasting to the win, they endured a nervy ending when Scott Rendell was sent off five minutes from time following a verbal altercation with a linesman.
Despite being down to 10 men, boss Gary Waddock's side held on to end their long winless drought.
Match report supplied by the Press Association.
- 21KillipBooked at 37mins
- 25MatsuzakaBooked at 62mins
- 14Della Verde
- 11KellySubstituted forAllenat 83'minutes
- 9HenrySubstituted forRoweat 65'minutes
- 15LelanBooked at 58minsSubstituted forMcDonnellat 63'minutes
- 8HowellBooked at 17mins
- 26GoddardSubstituted forFinneyat 89'minutes
- 9RendellBooked at 85mins
- 25GrantSubstituted forBerkeley-Agyepongat 67'minutes
- Will Finnie
Second Half ends, Braintree Town 0, Aldershot Town 1.
Substitution, Aldershot Town. Alex Finney replaces John Goddard.
Scott Rendell (Aldershot Town) is shown the red card.
Substitution, Braintree Town. Iffy Allen replaces Sam Kelly.
Substitution, Aldershot Town. Jacob Berkeley-Agyepong replaces Reece Grant.
Substitution, Braintree Town. Daniel Rowe replaces Korrey Henry.
Goal! Braintree Town 0, Aldershot Town 1. Reece Grant (Aldershot Town).
Substitution, Aldershot Town. Adam McDonnell replaces Josh Lelan.
Daniel Matsuzaka (Braintree Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Josh Lelan (Aldershot Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Second Half begins Braintree Town 0, Aldershot Town 0.
First Half ends, Braintree Town 0, Aldershot Town 0.
Ben Killip (Braintree Town) is shown the yellow card.
Luke Howell (Aldershot Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
First Half begins.
Lineups are announced and players are warming up.