Aldershot took their fight for League Two survival to the final day after defeating fellow strugglers Dagenham.

After a lacklustre first-half, Daggers forward Jake Reed was put through but saw his effort saved by Jamie Young.

The decisive goal came shortly after the break when Michael Rankine smashed in Craig Stanley's cross for his first league goal for the Shots this season.

Josh Scott came closest to an equaliser for the visitors, but could not turn in Mo Sharriff's low cross.

Despite their victory, Aldershot's hopes of survival are slim as they lie three points away from safety going into the last game of the season away at Rotherham, who will be looking to secure automatic promotion.

Meanwhile Dagenham are just a point and two places above the drop zone before the visit of another relegation-threatened side, York, next Saturday.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Aldershot Town manager Andy Scott told BBC Surrey:

"We had to win, which we did, but in truth its been a tough task and we've given ourselves too much to do over the period [I've been in charge] and from the start of the season - we haven't been good enough.

"It was a cagey game and we got the goal, we made mistakes and we didn't pass it well. It was typical end-of-season scrappy game and all the results conspired against us.

"You have to do everything in every game and throughout the season, the players, everyone at the club have got to take some responsibility and see what we can do better moving on."

Lineup, Bookings (0) & Substitutions (6)

Aldershot

  • 21 Young
  • 02 Herd
  • 03 Tonkin
  • 05 Brown (Lancashire - 46' )
  • 11 Vincenti (Cadogan - 46' )
  • 23 Bradley
  • 18 Stanley
  • 24 Hall
  • 31 Rose
  • 09 Rankine
  • 20 Reid (McCallum - 73' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Warner
  • 06 Lancashire
  • 16 Berqvrst
  • 12 Risser
  • 28 Cadogan
  • 15 McCallum
  • 26 Goulding

Dag & Red

  • 01 Lewington
  • 02 Wilkinson
  • 03 Ilesanmi
  • 04 Doe
  • 15 Saunders
  • 16 Maher (Shariff - 61' )
  • 17 Howell
  • 19 Ogogo
  • 24 Bingham (Elito - 62' )
  • 10 Scott
  • 14 Reed (Woodall - 64' )

Substitutes

  • 30 Seabright
  • 18 Hoyte
  • 20 Fortune
  • 12 Elito
  • 21 Shariff
  • 23 Woodall
  • 26 Dennis
Ref: Langford
Att: 2,861

Match Stats

Shots

10 13

On target

7 7

Corners

4 9

Fouls

10 8

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:22 Full time

Full Time The referee blows his whistle to end the game.

90:00 +1:57

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Matthew Saunders played to the near post.

90:00 +0:50

Matthew Saunders takes a outswinging corner to the near post, Scott Doe takes a shot. Blocked by Anthony Tonkin. Corner taken by Matthew Saunders from the right by-line played to the near post, Craig Stanley manages to make a clearance.

89:35

Outswinging corner taken by Matthew Saunders from the right by-line played to the near post.

86:24

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Luke Wilkinson by Michael Rankine. Chris Lewington takes the free kick.

82:16

Luke Howell fouled by Kieron Cadogan, the ref awards a free kick. Chris Lewington takes the indirect free kick.

81:10

Luke Wilkinson takes a shot. Blocked by Oliver Lancashire.

78:57

Michael Rankine takes a shot. Save made by Chris Lewington.

78:23

Femi Ilesanmi challenges Asa Hall unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jamie Young restarts play with the free kick.

77:04

Matthew Saunders takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post.

75:14

Kieron Cadogan takes a shot. Clearance by Scott Doe. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Craig Stanley, clearance made by Scott Doe. Corner taken left-footed by Danny Rose from the left by-line to the near post, Medy Elito makes a clearance.

72:36 Substitution

Substitution Craig Reid goes off and Paul McCallum comes on.

72:24

Matthew Saunders takes a shot from long range clearing the crossbar.

71:04

Corner taken by Matthew Saunders from the right by-line, Asa Hall makes a clearance.

70:43

Luke Wilkinson takes a shot. Save made by Jamie Young.

69:11

Corner taken by Matthew Saunders from the left by-line played to the near post.

66:49

Effort from inside the area by Medy Elito misses to the right of the goal.

65:20

Unfair challenge on Abu Ogogo by Ben Herd results in a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Chris Lewington.

63:52 Substitution

Substitution Jake Reed leaves the field to be replaced by Brian Woodall.

63:07

Corner taken by Craig Reid, Josh Scott makes a clearance.

62:33

Craig Reid takes a shot. Save by Chris Lewington.

60:27

Chris Lewington restarts play with the free kick.

60:27 Substitution

Substitution Billy Bingham goes off and Medy Elito comes on.

60:27 Substitution

Substitution (Dag & Red) makes a substitution, with Mo Shariff coming on for Kevin Maher.

60:27

Craig Stanley concedes a free kick for a foul on Kevin Maher.

57:43

Craig Reid gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Abu Ogogo. Indirect free kick taken by Chris Lewington.

55:32 Goal scored

Goal! - Michael Rankine - Aldershot 1 - 0 Dag & Red Michael Rankine finds the back of the net with a goal from close in to the bottom left corner of the goal. Aldershot 1-0 Dag & Red.

51:14

Unfair challenge on Billy Bingham by Kieron Cadogan results in a free kick. Chris Lewington takes the indirect free kick.

50:30

Jake Reed takes a shot. Save by Jamie Young.

49:39

Michael Rankine takes a shot. Scott Doe gets a block in.

49:01

Shot by Luke Howell from outside the box goes over the target.

45:01

The second half begins.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Troy Brown leaves the field to be replaced by Oliver Lancashire.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Kieron Cadogan is brought on as a substitute for Peter Vincenti.

45:00 +1:17 Half time

Half Time The whistle is blown to end the first half.

45:00 +0:57

Josh Scott takes a shot from just inside the penalty box which clears the crossbar.

45:00 +0:37

Josh Scott takes a shot. Save by Jamie Young.

43:22

Foul by Craig Stanley on Luke Howell, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Luke Howell.

40:58

The referee penalises Michael Rankine for handball. Chris Lewington takes the indirect free kick.

37:26

Michael Rankine challenges Luke Wilkinson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Chris Lewington takes the indirect free kick.

35:13

Peter Vincenti gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Luke Wilkinson. Chris Lewington takes the indirect free kick.

34:32

Headed effort from inside the area by Michael Rankine misses to the right of the target.

34:15

Danny Rose takes a shot. Scott Doe gets a block in.

33:53

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Sonny Bradley by Matthew Saunders. Jamie Young takes the free kick.

32:56

The assistant referee signals for offside against Jake Reed. Jamie Young takes the indirect free kick.

32:05

Craig Reid takes a shot. Blocked by Scott Doe.

31:30

Luke Wilkinson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Michael Rankine. Danny Rose takes the free kick.

29:49

Sonny Bradley fouled by Jake Reed, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Jamie Young.

28:48

Shot by Craig Stanley from a long way out goes over the crossbar.

25:27

Josh Scott takes a shot. Save made by Jamie Young.

24:46

Free kick awarded for a foul by Luke Wilkinson on Michael Rankine. Anthony Tonkin restarts play with the free kick.

21:38

Josh Scott gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Sonny Bradley. Jamie Young takes the indirect free kick.

18:38

The referee blows for offside. Chris Lewington takes the free kick.

17:54

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ben Herd by Josh Scott. Ben Herd takes the indirect free kick.

15:53

Unfair challenge on Luke Howell by Craig Stanley results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Luke Wilkinson.

13:53

Kevin Maher concedes a free kick for a foul on Asa Hall. Indirect free kick taken by Jamie Young.

11:44

Josh Scott has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box missing to the wide right of the goal.

10:47

Billy Bingham takes a shot. Blocked by Troy Brown.

10:11

Asa Hall takes a shot. Save made by Chris Lewington.

8:40

Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Danny Rose, Luke Wilkinson makes a clearance.

7:20

Shot from just outside the box by Kevin Maher goes over the bar.

6:34

Matthew Saunders takes a short corner.

5:25

Outswinging corner taken by Matthew Saunders from the right by-line played to the near post.

0:27

The official flags Craig Reid offside. Indirect free kick taken by Chris Lewington.

0:00

The ref blows the whistle to start the match.

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