Aldershot Town assistant manager James Rowe thrilled to win ‘proper game of football’ at Brisbane Road

PUBLISHED: 14:00 29 January 2018 | UPDATED: 14:06 29 January 2018

Leyton Orient forward Dan Holman fires over with the last chance of the game against Aldershot Town (pic: Simon O'Connor).

Leyton Orient forward Dan Holman fires over with the last chance of the game against Aldershot Town (pic: Simon O'Connor).

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The Shots edged out Leyton Orient 3-2 in a entertaining five-goal thriller in the National League last weekend

Aldershot Town assistant manager James Rowe admitted it was a pleasure to be involved in a proper game of football at Leyton Orient on Saturday.

The O’s and Gary Waddock’s second-placed team produced a cracker of a National League game last weekend with the visitors edging a five-goal thriller 3-2.

Adam McDonnell’s 76th minute strike earned the Shots an important three points in their quest to win the title and left Orient unhappy despite playing their part in a fine match at Brisbane Road.

“We play an expansive way and it doesn’t matter who we play; we will try and pass the ball and be open,” said Rowe.

“A couple of times it broke down, sometimes because of the standard of the pitch, but technically we let ourselves down as well and we were open on the transition.

“It made for an exciting game, great for the neutral and it is good to be involved in games like that because it was a proper game of football.”

Macauley Bonne opened the scoring after 19 seconds with a superb finish following Jobi McAnuff’s fine through ball.

Orient failed to make the most of several other good chances in the first-half and were made to pay in the 44th minute when Shamir Fenelon slotted past Dean Brill after running off George Elokobi.

Will Evans headed the visitors in front two minutes after the break – reacting the quickest after McDonnell’s free kick had hit the crossbar.

Elokobi ensured Aldershot only led for five minutes though, as he acrobatically volleyed McAnuff’s corner in from close range.

There was still time for one last goal when McDonnell worked a yard of space and fired straight at Bill, but the normally reliable goalkeeper couldn’t prevent the ball squirming under his body.

Justin Edinburgh’s team created one final chance, though Dan Holman blazed over from the edge of the area and O’s remain dangerously close to the bottom four.

But Rowe added: “If they play like they did against us with that energy and that organisation then I can’t see them having any issues, but the league is a tricky one this season and it’s very inconsistent.

“I do wish Leyton Orient all the best and thank them for a great game of football because we’ve played a way and they’ve played a way, but we’ve just come out on top.”

What pleased the Aldershot staff the most was the way they reacted to Bonne’s early goal at Brisbane Road.

Back in September the Shots conceded after 20 seconds at Macclesfield Town and lost 2-0.

It was a different story this time, Rowe added: “We’ve shown maturity because we had similar circumstances earlier in the season where we conceded in the first minute.

“In that game at Macclesfield we didn’t recover, but we still controlled large parts of the first half on Saturday even though they had the better chances.

“We still dominated possession and recovered quite well and we got ourselves into a good position just before half time and we kicked on from there.”

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