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MATCH REPORT: ALDERSHOT 1-1 SOUTHEND

25 January 2022

Harry Cardwell’s late header earned Blues a deserved point against Aldershot as Blues drew 1-1 with the Shots at the EBB Stadium.

Cardwell popped up with three minutes remaining to nod in his first goal for Southend and cancel out Ryan Glover’s earlier header which had put Aldershot in front in the opening five minutes.

The draw extends Southend’s unbeaten league run to five games stretching back to the Boxing Day draw against Bromley.

A fourth successive league win for Kevin Maher’s side would have seen them leapfrog tonight’s opponents Aldershot in the National League, but the Shots, led by former Blues boss Mark Molesley, took an early lead in chilly Hampshire as Ryan Glover fired them in front.

Lovely skill from Mo Sylla down the left got him inside the Southend penalty area, but after his cross was thwarted, the ball came back out to Brad Webb who whipped in a perfect cross onto the head of Glover to nod beyond a motionless Steve Arnold in just the fifth minute.

Aldershot’s early goal gave them the impetus to push for a second as Jacob Berkley-Agyepong barged his way into the penalty area only for his effort to fly wide of the target under pressure from Blues defender Kacper Lopata.

Despite the early setback, Southend rallied and would dominate large portions of the possession in the first 45 minutes without ever really troubling Shots goalkeeper Mitch Walker.

Blues were getting plenty of joy down the flanks, but Molesley’s side were tough to break down, with an effort from Harrison Neal that went well off target and a tame header from Lopata from a Tom Clifford free-kick the best the visitors could muster before the interval.

It was more of the same in the second half as Southend controlled the possession and they went close to an equaliser when Neal’s cross almost deceived Walker and needed tipping over. From the resulting corner, Harry Cardwell teed up Lopata whose effort was well blocked.

Blues kept pushing forward and saw an effort from Sam Dalby fly over the crossbar and a Cardwell header easily gathered by Walker as the Shots were quite content to soak up the pressure and look to hit Southend on the counter-attack.

Aldershot did have a couple of chances come their way with Glover blazing over and Kodi Lyons-Foster seeing an effort inside the box blocked, but it was Southend who looked the most likely to score as time wore on with a couple of efforts from Neal being superbly blocked.

It was looking like all of Southend’s endeavour was going to be for nought but with three minutes remaining Blues struck a deserved equaliser as Cardwell headed in his first goal for Southend since signing from Chorley last week.

Substitute Nathan Ferguson had the time and space on the left-hand side to fire a cross into the penalty area which was met by the head of Cardwell who saw his flick header beat Walker and find the bottom corner, earning Blues a point their performance deserved.

Aldershot Town XI: Walker, Lyons-Foster, Berkeley-Agyepong (Edser 55’), Panayiotou (Fawole 82’), Oxlade-Chamberlain, Glover, Jordan, Sylla, Phillips, Harris, Webb (Whittingham 62’). Subs Not Used: Coulter, Ndjoli

Blues XI: Arnold, Ralph, Hobson, Dalby, Clifford, Atkinson (Rush 60’), Neal, Lopata, Davies (Demetriou 74’), Husin (Ferguson 82’), Cardwell. Subs Not Used: Andeng-Ndi, Kensdale

Referee: Aji Ajibola

Assistants: Shelby Elson & Farai Hallam

Fourth Official: Howard Collins

Scorers:

Aldershot Town: Ryan Glover 5’

Southend United: Harry Cardwell 87’

Yellow Cards:

Aldershot Town: Brad Webb 48’

Southend United: Harrison Neal 65’, Kacper Lopata 90+6’

Attendance: 2,141 (586 Away)


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