Game 8: Aldershot Town 1.0 Sutton United (FA Cup) 24.10.15
Took the train to Aldershot and a ground that I’ve been meaning to visit for a while. The visit of Sutton in this FA Cup Fourth Round qualifying match saw a reduced price of £13 for all areas of the ground and I decided to watch the game in the South Stand given the rain that was forecast for the second half.
The first half saw few chances. Sutton started to dominate the midfield but didn’t make the best decisions up front, either shooting when a pass was the better option or vice versa. Aldershot made a tactical substitution after half an hour but Sutton continued to press. A couple of free kicks flew wide and just before half time one of their players put another shot wide from a good position to the disappointment of their vocal supporters. Aldershot were disappointing, especially Brodie who was offside so many times I lost count.
The second half was a distinct improvement in entertainment. Aldershot finally broke the deadlock with twenty minutes to go, breaking forward and after several passes around the area getting a shot past the keeper thanks to a deflection. Sutton went all out to get an equaliser but almost got caught twice. The first was from a breakaway where one defender had three attackers to cover, only for Aldershot to take too long which allowed Fleetwood to get back and break up the attack. The second saw a great shot that looked on course for the top corner tipped round the post by the Sutton keeper for an even better save. Just before the finish Sutton had a free header but put it wide so Aldershot progressed to Monday’s First round proper draw.