The Non-League Football Paper - - VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE - By Steve Gibbs

A RESUR­GENT Alder­shot Town earned a third suc­ces­sive win to con­sol­i­date their place in amongst the play-off chas­ing pack as Shamir Fenelon and Jake Gal­lagher con­tin­ued where they left off against Wok­ing.

This was a thor­oughly de­served vic­tory for the Shots, who have now won three in a row for the first time since early Septem­ber, but – de­spite Steve Burr award­ing a first start to striker Ruben Jerome – in­jury-hit South­port’s poor away form con­tin­ued.

The Sand­grounders had made a promising and en­ter­pris­ing start to the game, but the Shots were al­ways in the as­cen­dancy, and Fenelon shouldn’t have had to wait un­til the 45th minute for his goal.

Scott Ren­dell – the other scorer in two Christ­mas and New Year vic­to­ries against Wok­ing – twice headed wide in the early stages, be­fore An­thony Straker’s 25-yard drive brought a strong save from Mag­nus Nor­man. The keeper then par­ried Bernard Men­sah’s low shot, and Fenelon had a hat-trick of op­por­tu­ni­ties – in­clud­ing a header, which Nor­man was again equal to – only to fi­nally break the dead­lock in the fi­nal minute of the half.

Cal­lum Reynolds sent Men­sah scam­per­ing for­ward on a pacy counter-at­tack also in­volv­ing Kundai Benyu, and, when Men­sah’s cross was only palmed out by Nor­man, Fenelon guided a shot into the top cor­ner. Alder­shot con­tin­ued to press af­ter the break, and Delial Brew­ster’s header from Neil Ash­ton’s cor­ner, on 59 min­utes, rep­re­sented a rare sight of goal for the vis­i­tors. Nor­man de­nied Ren­dell and Ch­eye Alexan­der in quick suc­ces­sion mid­way through the sec­ond pe­riod, but on 70 min­utes Gal­lagher sealed vic­tory. A flow­ing move cul­mi­nated in Men­sah’s low pull-back from the left and Gal­lagher’s an­gled shot found its way into the net via a de­flec­tion. Andrai Jones’ late con­so­la­tion – meet­ing a left-wing cross with a neat lob over Jake Cole, hav­ing been thrown into the at­tack late on – was too lit­tle too late for South­port, and Burr had no com­plaints about the re­sult. “Alder­shot played very well and we strug­gled to cope with their en­ergy,” he said. “We were a bit out of sorts and dipped be­low the stan­dards that we ex­pect.” Waddock was de­lighted at his side’s up­turn in form: “The per­for­mance was very good. Jake Cole had al­most noth­ing to do and to score right at the end of the half gave us the mo­men­tum. We cre­ated a lot of chances and had a lot of pos­ses­sion, and be­ing able to back-up our two wins against Wok­ing makes this a very good re­sult.”

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