Date: 22nd November 2009 at 6:42pm
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Aldershot Town produced a battling performance to earn a point at Meadow Lane on Saturday. The Shots have goalkeeper Mikhael Jaimez-Ruiz to thank, after a string of fine saves kept County at bay and also had chances to win the game themselves.

Adam Hinshelwood was out of the side after coming off against Macclesfield last week and was replaced by Chris Blackburn at centre back. Dave Winfield was on the bench following his three-match suspension.

Marvin Morgan had the ball in the net after two minutes, after some good play from Straker and Donnelly. However, the linesman’s flag went up and the goal didn’t count.

The home side, unbeaten on their own patch all season, were on the offensive early on. League Two’s top scorer Lee Hughes was a constant threat and went close with a header before being denied by the Shots keeper.

Depsite pressure from the home side, Aldershot were always a threat on the break. Lewis Chalmers went close in the first half, but was denied by Kasper Schmeichel in the County goal.

The second half was played in the same way as the first – with County having plenty of possession, but unable to break down a stubborn Aldershot back line.

However, Kirk Hudson nearly gave the Shots an unexpected lead, but his effort went into the side netting. Aldershot were dangerous on the break throughout the game and had a golden chance to score when Donnelly’s cross was met by the head of Morgan, but he couldn’t get his header on target.

Ruiz was called into action when he denied Hughes from close range, before the striker had a bullet header blocked on the line by Donnelly.

County piled on the pressure in the closing stages, but were unable to find a way through. Aldershot held out to claim their fourth successive clean sheet and a third 0-0 draw in a row in the league.