Date: 30th August 2009 at 6:27pm
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Aldershot Town secured their first away win of the season at Blundell Park as two Scott Donnelly goals helped the Shots see of nine-man Grimsby.

Aldershot were unchanged for the third successive match, with Chris Blackburn at right back and Adam Hinshelwood partnering Dave Winfield in the centre of defence.

Grimsby made one change from the side that picked up their first points of the season away at Bury the week before, as Nick Hegarty was replaced by Chris Jones.

It was the home side who started the brightest and had the ball in the net after 11 minutes. A quick free kick was turned in by Danny North, but the linesman`s flag went up and saved the Shots from falling behind.

Mikhael Jamiez-Ruiz was kept busy, making a string of fine saves to keep the Mariners at bay before Scott Donnelly opened the scoring after 26 minutes. Louis Soares crossed in from the right and was headed home as the midfielder scored for the second game in a row to put the away side in front.

After this, the Shots took control of the match with Donnelly right at the heart of it. He had chances to extend the lead, but somehow the score remained 1-0 at the break.

It took just 4 minutes of the second half for the lead to be doubled. After his 12 yard shot was parried away by the Grimsby keeper, Donnelly made no mistake from 6 yards to score his 4th goal in two games and put Aldershot in control of the match.

Grimsby had chances to get back into the match, but some poor finishing and stern defending kept Aldershot`s clean sheet intact.

The Mariners did get back into the game with nine minutes remaining when Barry Conlon rose highest to head home from Danny North`s cross.

After this, the home side were piling on the pressure in search of an equaliser, but after a few close calls tempers boiled over in injury time, with Barry Conlon and Adam Proudlock seeing red and effectively ending any chance of a Grimsby come back.

The final whistle sounded, much to the relief of the 163 Shots fans who had travelled north as Aldershot picked up their first away win of the season and moved up to 7th in the table.