Notts Beat Shots To Go Third

Notts County 3-1 Aldershot Town (National League) 10.03.20

Notts County climbed in to the top three of the National League last night as they came from behind to beat Aldershot at Meadow Lane.

It was a slow start for the Magpies who were much changed after beating table topping Barrow at the weekend as the visitors took a deserved lead on 17 minutes when Tanner headed home Chislett’s centre.

That goal kicked the Magpies into life as the hosts slowly began to grow in the game going close on 28 through Wootton before Cal Roberts struck home a leveller driving low into the bottom corner ten minutes before half time.

Dennis might have put County 2-1 up on the stroke of half time but for a great block by Lyons-Forster and a minute into the second half Aldershot could have regained the lead themselves but Chislett shot wide.

The visitors again began the second half as they did the first the better of the two sides as Chislett volleyed wide before Tanner struck the bar with a shot from distance that McDonnell got fingertips to.

That save proved vital as moments later Notts themselves crashed against the bar through Wootton before taking the lead as Kristian Dennis struck home a beauty after spotting the goalkeeper off his line.

Notts with the lead began to play with more confidence and freedom and again went close through Roberts who forced a fine stop from the goalkeeper before Dennis struck again on 67 firing in from Kelly-Evans cross.

On 70 minutes Dennis might have had a third with his powerful drive turned over but Notts saw out the game with a comfortable two goal advantage that takes the team into the top three and five points adrift of eighth place Stockport who sit a spot outside the playoff zone.

Proud of his teams second half performance Manager Neal Ardley stated ““It wasn’t good enough in the first half because we needed tempo and to get in behind them.”

“We needed to get in their faces so going backwards and sideways left me fuming but credit to the players because in the second half we were excellent.”

Ardley said “We’ve got to keep going or we might drop back out of the play-offs. It’s a really tough schedule but we’re clapping our hands together and are excited to see what success we can bring at the end of the season. If you said to me we’d have taken nine points from the first three, I’d have snapped your hand off.”

County: McDonnell, McCrory, Rose (Crawford 83), Wootton, Dennis, O’Brien, Boldewijn, Kelly-Evans, Lacey, Roberts (Doyle 76), Long (Rawlinson 60).

*Main image @Official_NCFC Notts win again as the Magpies g third.

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