Date: 9th August 2009 at 8:41pm
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Aldershot Town made the perfect start to the new league season, as goals from Marvin Morgan, Andy Sandell and Louis Soares a comfortable win over Darlington at The Rec on Saturday.

New captain Adam Hinshelwood, vice-captain John Halls and Ben Herd all made their full debuts for the club, while Ruiz started in goal with Masters on the bench.

It took just three minutes for the home side to break the dead-lock. A through ball from Soares allowed Marvin Morgan to cut inside and place the ball into the far corner of the net. Hudson came close soon after, but his effort was blocked as Aldershot made a very bright start to the match.

Despite having numerous chances, it took until the half hour mark for the lead to be doubled. Harding`s free kick was spilled by Knight in the Darlo goal and Sandell made no mistake.

Louis Soares had an effort from 25 yards deflected out for a corner, and from the corner Hinshelwood headed just wide. Darlington had the ball in the net, but it was ruled out for a foul in the build up.

After some great link up play, the ball fell to Soares who saw his shot cannon off the post from six yards out.

Aldershot dominated the first half and were well worth their 2-0 lead at the break.

The second half started just as well as the first for the home side, as it took just two minutes for The Shots to find the net for the third time. Hudson broke down the left and after Morgan failed to connect, it fell to Louis Soares who managed to squeeze the ball from the tightest of angles.

Aldershot weren`t content with just three and kept striding forward, looking to extend the lead. Scott Donnelly sliced his effort from 18 yards.

At the other end, Ruiz made a fantastic save to deny Dean Windass just before the hour mark. He also denied David Dowson as the Venezuelan staked a claim to the number 1 shirt.

Morgan had a chance to extend Aldershot`s lead further, as did substitute Danny Hylton. Depsite the home side`s pressure, it was the visitors who broke away to get a goal back. David Dowson beat the offside trap and drove the ball home from the edge of the box with five minutes remaining.

Despite this, the result was never really in doubt as Aldershot made the perfect start to the new season with a dominant performance.