Date: 23rd July 2009 at 2:33pm
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Aldershot got their first win of pre-season under their belts at the fourth attempt on Wednesday night, with goals from Danny Hylton, Reece Connolly and Adam Hinshelwood giving The Shots a 3-1 win over a Spurs XI.

Starting opportunities were given to trialists John Halls, Carl Martin and Ryan Hall. Ben Herd and Adam Hinshelwood were amongst the substitutes as Gary Waddock named a twenty man squad.

The Spurs line up included Brazilian goalkeeper Huerelho Gomes, Scottish international Alan Hutton, John Bostock and new signing Kyle Naughton came off the bench to make his Spurs debut.

Danny Hylton got the home side off to a perfect start inside the first three minutes, after some good play between Lewis Chalmers and Anthony Straker, Hylton hit a firm shot from 10 yards which beat Gomes to give Aldershot the lead.

The Shots continued to dominate the first half and had several chances to extend the lead. John Grant fired over after some good work from John Halls. Gomes had to be alert to deny Grant another opening just moments later. The impressive Halls was set up by Hylton, but his shot fizzed past the post as Aldershot gained total control of the first half.

It took 35 minutes for Tottenham`s first chance of the match. A 20 yard effort from Dean Parrett forced Mikael Jamiez-Ruiz into a smart save.

It had been a solid 45 minutes for the home side, who held a deserved lead at the break.

Half time: Shots 1-0 Spurs XI.

Spurs made three changes at half time, including Ben Alwick coming on in goal and Kyle Naughton replacing Hutton to make his Spurs debut.

It took until the hour mark for Waddock to make changes to the Aldershot team, as seven substitutions were made.

Naughton`s first contribution in a Spurs shirt was a good one as he delivered an excellent cross that was met by the head of Danny Rose who drew Tottenham level with a quarter of an hour left.

It looked as though Aldershot would have to wait to get the first win in pre-season, but Kirk Hudson`s cross was met by youth product Reece Connolly who managed to connect at full stretch and force the ball home to put The Shots 2-1 up with seven minutes left.

In the final minute of the match the result was put to bed as trialist Adam Hinshelwood headed home a Scott Donnelly centre to secure a deserved victory for The Shots.
It was a thoroughly encouraging display from Aldershot and the pre-season preparations seem to be falling into place with the squad looking better game-by-game. Next up is the visit of Fulham XI on Friday evening.


Aldershot Town: Ruiz, Straker( Sandell 61), Blackburn (Winfield 61), Charles (Hinshelwood 61), Soares (Mekki 81), Chalmers, Grant (Hudson 61), Hylton (Connolly 81), Martin (Herd 61), Halls (Harding 61), Hall (Donnelly 61)
Spurs XI: Gomes (Alnwick 46), Hutton (Naughton 46), Smith, Livermore, Butcher (Blackwood 46), Archibald- Henville (Carroll 79), Parrett (Mpoku 46), Bostock, Obika, Taarabt, Rose

Attendance: 1,409