Southend 1 Aldershot 2
Southend United suffered a disappointing 2-1 defeat against Aldershot Town at Roots Hall this evening.
A goal inside the first minute from Danny Hylton set the away side on their way before a second half header from Mark Phillips brought the scores level.
Substitute Freddy Eastwood missed from the penalty spot in the 80th minute before a late Sonny Bradley goal gave Aldershot all three points.
Aldershot took the lead with the first strike of the game through Hylton after the striker somehow made his way through the Blues defence before slotting home.
With only 25 seconds gone Blues were taken by surprise as Hylton ghosted through a static Southend backline before passing the ball into the corner of the net past Paul Smith.
The Shots nearly doubled their lead instantly as Paul Vincenti’s flicked header was superbly palmed away by Smith to safety.
Vincenti had another glorious chance to increase Aldershot’s lead after Danny Rose’s left wing free kick found him inside the penalty area with the midfielder somehow heading wide with the goal at his mercy.
Blues fought back and nearly found an equaliser in the 15th minute after a superb touch from Gavin Tomlin gave him a great opportunity to fire at goal before a last ditch intervention from Ben Herd stopped him from doing so.
Smith was at Southend’s rescue once again saving Craig Reid’s shot with his feet after the striker had done excellently down the right hand side to find space to shoot.
The game opened up with both teams pushing forward and a looping header from Britt Assombalonga nearly brought the scores level from Kevan Hurst’s drilled cross.
With 40 minutes gone Southend thought they had levelled the scores after Hurst’s shot looked destined for the net before Young tipped the ball over acrobatically.
Young made the first save of the second half in the 59th minute from Southend substitute Eastwood collecting the ball well after the striker’s header nearly crept in at the front post.
Another heroic stop from Smith kept the deficit at one as Vincenti tried to poke the ball in at the back post from Troy Brown’s flick with the keeper saving from point blank range.
Minutes later Southend equalised through Phillips as the centre back’s towering header into the top corner left Young with no chance in goal.
Hurst’s whipped cross caught the Shots’ defence by surprise giving Phillips a free header to power the ball home.
With 74 minutes on the clock Rose squandered a golden opportunity to put Aldershot ahead as he found space in the box and with just Smith to beat from 12 yards out he somehow skewed his effort horribly wide of the target.
Southend then missed a huge chance of their own from the penalty spot after Young tipped Eastwood’s spot kick around the post in the 80th minute.
An excellent turn from Assombalonga left Anthony Tonkin flat footed and as the defender tried to retrieve the ball he tripped the striker giving the referee no choice but to award the spot kick.
Rose nearly snatched victory for the away side with his curling effort dipping under the bar before Smith got a strong hand to the ball to turn it over.
From the resulting corner Aldershot took the lead through Bradley after Clohessy cleared Michael Rankine’s effort off the line with the defender heading the ball into the net.
Blues were unable to find an equaliser giving Aldershot their first away win of the season since the opening fixture.