Aldershot Town vs. Tranmere Rovers – Match Report

Tranmere Rovers suffered late heartbreak against an Aldershot side who continue their habit of scoring crucial late goals with this their third in as many games.

It looked to be all systems go for the Super White Army when Stephen McNulty headed home in the opening 20-minutes, on the way to an important win.

However, as the match approached its close, The Shots upped their attack and it paid off as Fabien Robert fired home from just inside the penalty area.

With their spirits lifted Gary Waddock’s men continued to press and breaking point arrived in the 94th minute as Scott Rendell nodded home a dangerous cross from Jim Kellerman.

It was a game that with hope at all time low, could have been the fixture for Rovers to kick-start their promotion ambition with the season failing to live up to its hype.

With a great start to the match, helped by the strong winds, it looked as if the home side would struggle to cope against Micky Mellon’s men who had a point to prove.

McNulty headed home the first insightful chance but Rovers failed to capitalise and almost let The Shots back into the game just before half-time as a Will Evans strike skimmed over the cross bar.

Shaking off the home side’s last ditch assault, Tranmere’s James Norwood found space in the box but was denied by an instinct save from goalkeeper Jake Cole.

Sensing more opportunities, Mellon resorted to a back three with Jay McEveley replacing on-loan winger Dylan Mottley-Henry but problems soon arose.

Aldershot’s attack took advantage of the wider pitch and found numerous gaps on the turf resulting in McNulty blocking a number of strikes to halt further onslaught.

Eventually the Tranmere trenches were breached as the away side’s captain failed to clear a James Rowe cross which was turned in by Robert.

With a goal feeding their adrenaline, The Shots pounced on the stunned defence and an injury-time cross found Rendell at the back post as he headed home to claim all three points.

Now sitting where they began, Tranmere are 12-points behind league-leaders Macclesfield and six points away from a promotion position in seventh, a stark standing for a team with such potential.

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