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PREVIEW | Aldershot Town v Wrexham

Red Dragons look to bounce back against the Shots

1 October 2021

Wrexham look to bounce back from defeat at Stockport with a trip to a side whose lowly league position might be misleading.

Aldershot have suffered a disappointing start to the campaign, but hope to show signs of recovery after an early change of manager, and will be keen to maintain their recent good record at home to the Red Dragons.

The Shots are languishing two places off the bottom of the table, and reacted to their poor start to the campaign swiftly, replacing Danny Searle with former player Mark Molesley.

"I'm delighted to be back at a club that is very close to my heart," he told the BBC on his appointment.

"My dream came true when I became a professional footballer at this club and I would be lying if I never thought of going back to the club as a manager."

The task that faces him is to turn around the form of a side which has lost all its home games this season. To be fair though, they’ve faced stiff opposition so far, as Chesterfield, Yeovil, Solihull and Halifax have all emerged with three points from the Recreation Ground.

On the road they’ve shown glimpses of better form though, not least when they beat Southend at Roots Hall a fortnight ago.

Still, improving their home form is a massive priority. They ended last season by losing their last three home games, so come into this match desperate to end a sequence of seven consecutive home defeats, conceding 16 goals in the process. Last Saturday’s 1-0 loss to Halifax was the first time they’ve conceded less than once in that run of home games: they must turn things around urgently to avoid being mired in a relegation scrap.

They’ll face a Wrexham side which ought to be virtually free of injuries. With Jake Hyde and Jordan Davies available again, only long-term absentees Kwame Thomas, Reece Hall-Johnson and Ryan Austin should be absent from Phil Parkinson’s options.

Wrexham have scored in each of their last ten away games, scoring 21 goals in the process, although the prolific conclusion to last season contributed 13 of those in five games.

HEAD TO HEAD

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When Aldershot dropped down into the National League, we immediately began a period of domination, winning four of our first six encounters while losing just one. Things have changed drastically since then, though, as we’ve won just two of our last ten clashes, losing five.

Last February we suffered a chastening experience at the hands of the Shots, losing 3-0 at the Recreation Ground. That result continued a dismal run of results there, as it was the fifth game consecutive game at Aldershot in which we’d failed to score. We lost four of them, and our last goal there was scored by Wes York in November 2015, 477 minutes ago.

Before their relegation, we didn’t face The Shots for twenty-two years.

That final Football League match, in March 1991, saw us fall behind early on and never get back on terms despite strikes by Gareth Owen and Geoff Hunter as we went down to a 3-2 loss.

That defeat merely added to the overall trend of our trips to Aldershot, as we’ve lost 16 of our 25 matches there, winning just four times.

Our first win there came in September 1969, when Albert Kinsey opened the scoring and Arfon Griffiths secured a 2-0 win with a penalty.

Our other two successes in the Football League were more dramatic. In September 1974 we fell behind early in the first half but recovered to win 2-1 through goals in the last quarter of an hour from Mickey Thomas and Dave Smallman.

The following season Mel Sutton gave us the lead but The Shots equalised before half time, only to see us once more take control with a couple of goals around the 75th minute mark. Brian Tinnion and Graham Whittle scored within two minutes of each other and although Aldershot swiftly pulled one back, we survived a nervous last ten minutes to clinch a 3-2 win.

We’ve won once at the Recreation Ground in the National League, in November 2015, courtesy of the Wes York strike I mentioned earlier.

Our worst experience there came in October 1985, when we crashed to a 6-0 defeat. It must have been a horrible experience for the fans who travelled from North Wales to watch the match, although there couldn’t have been many of them as the attendance was the lowest to see Wrexham play at The Recreation Ground: a mere 1,165.

David Smallman is our top scorer against The Shots, with four goals, three of which came in one game in March 1975. A goal behind him are Arfon Griffiths, Ray Smith, Sam McMillan and Martyn King, the last two having scored the only other hat tricks in this fixture.

POTENTIAL MILESTONES
Jake Hyde’s 375th career match.

Jordan Ponticelli’s 75th career match.

 

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Match Reports

REPORT | Aldershot Town 0-2 Wrexham - Match Abandoned

Reds two goal lead washed out in Hampshire

2 October 2021

A waterlogged pitch foiled Wrexham's attempts to earn a second away win of the season. Goals from Jake Hyde and Paul Mullin put us ahead at the break, but it would prove to be a costly and pointless afternoon, as both Luke Young and Ben Tozer suffered injuries and had to go off.

Phil Parkinson made three changes after last Saturday's defeat at Stockport, with Bryce Hosanah coming in for his Wrexham debut ahead in place of Tyler French, and Jordan Davies and Jake Hyde returning from injury to displace Liam McAlinden and Jordan Ponticelli.

In wet and windy conditions, and urged on by superb away support, Wrexham sparked to life in the fourth minute when a terrific tackle by Luke Young sent Paul Mullin away to run at the last defender. His charge was halted by a body check from Kodi Lyons-Foster, and the referee, Sunny Gill, correctly judged the challenge to have happened too far from goal to warrant anything more than a yellow card.

The resulting free kick was lashed in by Davies, and nearly swerved past Walker, who had to save smartly with his feet. However, these opening skirmishes were destined to have significant repercussions as Young was eventually forced to limp off as a result of the injury he sustained making the initial challenge. After two lengthy spells of treatment, the skipper was replaced by Devonte Redmond.

Within moments of the substitution Aldershot carved out their first chance of the match, as Alfie Whittingham got the ball back from his throw-in and hit a shot across goal from a tight angle.

Wrexham soon got back onto the front foot though, with Hosanah marauding down the right at will. He beat two men with a run which ended in a driven cross which was desperately cleared at the far post, and soon afterwards the Shots changed their personnel around, switching Toby Edser to the left to keep an eye on the wing back.

The next threat came from the flank Edser had vacated though, as a big diagonal found its way to Jamie Reckord, whose cross found Mullin six yards out. The ball arrived at an awkward angle though, and the striker’s acrobatic effort was blocked.

A couple of minutes later, Wrexham were ahead. A long ball into the box was nodded down neatly by Davies and Hyde made no mistake with a tidy half-volleyed finish.

It could have been 2-0 a minute later, as Hosanah burst forwards again and crossed into the box. The ball was only cleared to the edge of the area, where James Jones unleashed a fierce shot which Mitch Walker parried away. The consequent corner found Aaron Hayden six yards out but he placed his header just wide.

A terrific pass from Redmond then opened up the home defence, and when Mullin pulled the ball back from the right, Hyde shot on the turn from six yards was blocked. Soon afterwards Mullin threatened from a similar position, slamming in a powerful shot from a tight angle which Walker managed to tip wide.

The Shots’ best chance of the half came when Mo Bettamer chased down a long ball and drove in a shot which Rob Lainton did well to push away from danger, before Wrexham suffered their second injury blow.

A heavy challenge in the penalty area left Ben Tozer in pain and, after a long spell of treatment, he had to leave the pitch on a stretcher with Tyler French coming on in his place.

The rest of the half, including seven minutes of added time, looked to be petering out soggily until a Davies free kick was attacked by Hyde, who was kicked in the head by a defender. The referee awarded a penalty and, after a delay for the treatment of Hyde, Mullin smashed it home.

Referee Sunny Gill, concerned at the state of the sodden pitch, inspected it at half time and decided the game could resume. However, it was immediately obvious that the ball was not rolling naturally, and in the 52nd minute he was forced to suspend play.

Efforts were made to improve the state of the pitch, as the crowd witnessed the remarkable sight of Wrexham players clearing surface water off the pitch with brooms and stamping on towels in an attempt to at least absorb some liquid, while the rain continued to come down.

It proved to be a futile effort though, as when Gill emerged to test the conditions he immediately found that the ball was not bouncing at all, and sadly he had no option but to announce the abandonment of the match.

ALDERSHOT TOWN: Walker, Kinsella, Lyons-Foster, Phillips, Harris (Vennings 46), Whittingham, Berkeley-Agyepong (Willard 35), Oxlade-Chamberlain, Edser, Andrews, Bettamer. UNUSED SUBS: Coulter, Fowler, Aouachria.

WREXHAM: Lainton, Hayden, Tozer (French 40), Lennon, Hosanah, Young (Redmond 8), Jones, Davies, Reckord, Hyde, Mullin. UNUSED SUBS: Dibble, French, McAlinden, Angus.

YELLOW CARDS:
Aldershot - Foster-Lyons, Harris
Wrexham - Hosannah

RED CARDS:
Aldershot - None
Wrexham - None

Referee: Sunny Gill

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Ticket News

TICKETS AND TRAVEL | Aldershot Town (A)

Tickets and travel for trip to EBB Stadium now available

8 September 2021

Tickets for our away game at Aldershot Town are now available to buy online from the Shots’ ticket office.

The game, on Saturday October 2 at the EBB Stadium, kicks off at 3pm and Wrexham have been allocated an initial 850 tickets for the game, with provision for more available if required.

Wrexham supporters will be in the South East Seating and Away Terrace Covered, and will enter via the Redan Hill Entrance. There will be no tickets available on the turnstiles.

Tickets are available directly from Aldershot Town here, or over the phone on 01252 320211, and are priced as follows:

Adult: £20
Senior 65+: £16
Disabled: £16
Junior 17 and under: £7
Family Tickets – 2 adults, 3 juniors: £45
Family Tickets – 2 concession, 3 juniors: £40

Disabled /Carer tickets should be booked in advance via the ticket office, and carer tickets are not available online.

Supporter coaches are available to book from our official eTicketing website now. Buses will depart from the Mold Road at 08:00 on Saturday October 2 and cost £30 for adults and £28 for juniors.

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