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Aldershot 2-4 Rochdale

Rochdale winger Joe Thompson hit a hat-trick in just 17 first half minutes to put his side back in the play-off zone.

The 19-year-old headed in Nicky Adams' corner for the opener before pouncing on Anthony Charles' mistake for 2-0.

He completed his treble by heading in an Adams cross and Ciaran Toner hit the fourth from 25 yards before half-time.

Marvin Morgan pulled one back from Kirk Hudson's cross before Dale's Nathan Stanton was sent off for fouling Morgan and Scott Davies converted the penalty.


Aldershot: Jaimez-Ruiz, Blackburn, Day (Sandell 58), Charles, Howell, Soares, Davies, Newman (Donnelly 68), Hudson, Grant, Hylton (Morgan 46). Subs Not Used: Straker, Elvins.

Booked: Newman, Charles.

Goals: Morgan 75, Davies 81 pen.

Rochdale: Fielding, Wiseman, Stanton, McArdle, Kennedy, Thompson, Gary Jones, Toner, Adams (Ramsden 82), Dagnall (Le Fondre 72), William Buckley (Rundle 62). Subs Not Used: Keltie, McEvilly.

Sent Off: Stanton (80).

Goals: Thompson 17, 23, 34, Toner 45.

Att: 3,018

Ref: Clive Penton (Sussex).



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