Thanks Derry much lads but your time may be up

Sut­ton United............... 1 Alder­shot Town ........... 1

Aldershot News & Mail - - FOOTBALL -

TOM DERRY may have poached a late equaliser for Alder­shot Town at Con­fer­ence South ti­tle con­tenders Sut­ton United but other tri­al­ists look to have played their way out of Andy Scott’s reck­on­ing.

Scott awarded starts to five con­tract hope­fuls on Tues­day evening at Gan­der Green Lane but af­ter a lack­lus­tre first-half he was forced to rein­tro­duce es­tab­lished reg­u­lars Jor­dan Roberts, Mark Moles­ley and Glenn Wil­son to res­cue a re­sult.

“The tempo wasn’t there in the first-half, and we didn’t work hard enough,” was Scott’s damn­ing ver­dict of a side fea­tur­ing for­mer Gilling­ham striker Derry along­side Bog­nor Regis Town for­ward Dan Thomp­son, Three Bridges cen­tre-half Owen Roberts, Nige­rian mid­fielder Kazeem Ka­reem and ex-Bar­net goal­keeper Nick Jupp.

“We had a few lads come in on trial and they didn’t show the in­ten­sity of de­sire that we were look­ing for. I’ve given them the op­por­tu­nity to play for this foot­ball club, and if they want to take it, it’s up to them. In the first-half they cer­tainly didn’t do that, and we looked a bet­ter side all round when our more ex­pe­ri­enced play­ers came on.”

Jupp, at least, ap­pears to be in pole po­si­tion to be­come Phil Smith’s deputy in goal, af­ter sev­eral strong saves re­stricted the hosts to just one goal dur­ing a dom­i­nant spell at the end of the first-half.

Nonethe­less, that pe­riod brought the open­ing goal, when the de­fence failed to ei­ther in­ter­cept Louis John’s floated pass or pick-up Jamie Tay­lor’s run, al­low­ing him to score against his for­mer team with a deft lob.

A de­gree of ur­gency was re­dis­cov­ered af­ter the break but it was only in the 83rd minute that they re­stored par­ity. Derry pounced to score from six yards af­ter Hoban’s back-pass ex­posed the hosts’ de­fence and sparked a se­ries of ric­o­chets which even­tu­ally fell invit­ingly for a com­posed fin­ish.

Re­place­ment keeper Dan Thomas also ac­quit­ted him­self well in the clos­ing stages, but Scott will now be­gin the process of re­fin­ing his squad for the open­ing day visit of Al­trin­cham on Au­gust 9.

Satur­day’s fi­nal home pre­sea­son game against League Two AFC Wim­ble­don on Satur­day, may have even come too late.

Derry et al were handed 24 min­utes to im­press the man­ager on Satur­day as the Shots con­tin­ued their pre­sea­son cam­paign with a 1-0 away vic­tory at Con­fer­ence South side, Staines Town.

Lead­ing by Brett Wil­liams’ per­fectly-ex­e­cuted penalty on 18 min­utes – his fourth in three matches – the Shots looked as­sured and rel­a­tively com­fort­able through­out and should have dou­bled their lead late on when Thomp­son some­how headed wide from Derry’s cross from the right.

Staines, though, pro­vided the back four an ad­e­quate test at the other end with top scorer Louis Theophanous pro­duced a spec­tac­u­lar goalline clear­ance from Jay­don Gibbs and Luke Neville hook­ing a late ef­fort over the bar from six yards out.

Scott said: “I thought we looked bet­ter with the shape we had. It was a good test and an ex­am­ple of what other teams might do and how we’ve got to work to get on the ball. When we moved the ball prop­erly and passed it well we cre­ated some good chances, got into good ar­eas and looked pretty dy­namic.

“Maybe last year we had se­nior play­ers who were al­lowed to get away with mis­takes, but we’ve got men now. It’s about keep­ing stan­dards.”

SHOTS (v Sut­ton): Jupp (Thomas 68); Hat­ton, O Roberts, Barker (Wil­son 68), Tonkin; Forbes (Ru­dolph 68), Diallo, Ka­reem (Moles­ley 68); Derry, Scott (J Roberts 46), Thomp­son. Subs: Oastler, Lathrope, Wil­liams, Gibbs.

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