Aldershot and Farnham head coach Ian Jennings has called on his side to be more clinical after they were held to a 1-1 draw last Saturday by Canterbury’s second team.

The Shots created plenty of chances but had to settle for a point from their longest away trip of the season against a Canterbury team struggling near the bottom of the South East Premier Division.

“It was a very frustrating performance in a number of different ways but our main problem was once again our finishing,” said Jennings.

“If we are ever going to start pushing for a top-four finish then we have to be far more clinical in front of goal – especially if our normally very reliable corner routine isn’t as effective as we are used to.”

Another frustration for the Shots was an injury picked up by key player Chris Boot.

“His performances all season have quite frankly been outstanding and his work rate is an example for others to aspire to,” said Jennings.

“However, the real message that came across once again was the fragility of our squad and the lack of depth we have in the club.

“With two senior players unavailable we had nothing else to draw from, so when Chris pulled up with 15 minutes to go it made it an even steeper hill to climb.

“Despite this, we still should have come away with the three points.”

Despite the dropped points, Jennings is still hoping to seal a top-four finish this season.

He said: “I will still push the guys as hard as I can at training to be as good as we can be, but unless we are able to adopt the missing killer attitude in front of goal it’s going to be a tough quest.

“We have to now brush ourselves down and prepare for the long away game against a struggling Eastbourne and put ourselves back on the right path.”

Saturday’s game at Canterbury started in a muted fashion and both teams struggled to gain any momentum as the opening minutes were marred with simple mistakes and turnovers.

A&F were struggling to penetrate down the flanks, which has so often been their strength this season.

Canterbury took full advantage and started to create some half-chances with passes flying across the face of goal. Conor Wilkinson and Tom Herring were on hand to repel any further danger.

The game continued to be scrappy as turnovers became commonplace in the midfield battle. Canterbury settled on a hit-and-hope strategy, with their centre-back pairing taking free hits quickly and attempting long crash balls to the forwards.

One such instance gave Canterbury some possession on the edge of the visitors’ D, and the hosts were awarded a contentious penalty corner.

The initial corner broke down thanks to a poor trap at the top of the circle, but an impressive reverse-stick shot went in off the sideboard to give Canterbury the lead.

A&F stepped up in response to going behind, and finally managed to make inroads down the flanks. Stu Morhall and Jonny Groves both got to the baseline, but their pull backs couldn’t find an A&F striker to turn the ball in.

Scott Perry was also managing to find acres of space on the left-hand side. With momentum starting to turn in their favour, A&F began to win penalty corners of their own. The first Perry drag flick was deflected wide by the runner but the second managed to sneak its way inside the left post to restore parity.

A&F were in the ascendancy and their press was starting to become effective, but the half-time whistle came to the home side’s aid.

The game continued in a similar vein in the second period, with the visitors winning the ball high and limiting Canterbury to rare excursions forward.

Aldershot and Farnham won a number of penalty corners in the second half, but were unable to find a winner and slip to sixth in the table.

Kevin McCafferty