They are already the top scorers in the National League and Callum Reynolds believes Aldershot Town are now beginning to defend better as a team.

Before Saturday’s 2-0 win at Hartlepool United, the Shots had not kept a clean-sheet in the league for more than two months.

But while the north Hampshire team might have conceded a higher than expected 24 goals so far in 20 National League games, they have scored an impressive 33 – the highest in the division.

Their goal-scoring exploits are even more remarkable when you consider the strikes have been shared around the team with Shamir Fenelon netting five times and Matt McClure and Jim Kellermann four times apiece.

And as well as attacking as a team, Reynolds believes it is sharing the defensive duties round – and winning the ball back higher up the pitch – that is beginning to slow the rate at which the team concede.

“It’s pleasing to get a clean sheet especially as recently we have been letting in a lot of goals,” the 28-year-old said.

“I think we are working harder as a team and as individuals to keep the ball out of our net and it gives us a chance going forward if we can keep a clean sheet because we know there is a good chance we are going to score. I think I saw that we are the top-scorers in the league, which is pleasing, and if we can work on keeping clean sheets as well then it is only going to be good for us.

“I think we are defending better as a team in terms of where we are defending. We are winning the ball higher up the pitch rather than defending deeper in our half.”

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