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PREVIEW | Aldershot Town v Wrexham

It's time to test ourselves at in-form Aldershot!

17 February 2023

Having come through a bruising encounter on Tuesday, Wrexham will want to return to winning ways at Aldershot.

Injuries have begun to accumulate, but at least Harry Lennon and Andy Cannon were able to get valuable minutes under their belts against Woking.

Aldershot earned a point at home to Chesterfield in midweek, and it could have been 3 but Spireites new signing Paul McCallum got his first goal for them to earn a draw.

Shots manager Ross McNeilly was satisfied with the result: “Without sounding negative we would probably have taken a point before the game.”

“We are not massively disappointed but there is a sense of disappointment in the sense that we want to win.

“They are a really good side, they have created some chances. Dobra - how good is he? They brought Colclough on, McCallum’s on and Quigley comes on for him. They are such a good team. The reality is they outspend us. Their gaffer has done really well in how they play so it is difficult and a lot of teams are going to struggle against them.”

“Certainly first-half, I thought it was really toe-to-toe and a really competitive game.

“To come out in the second-half and concede straight away, to switch-off in that little moment, was disappointing. But we dug in, did not concede another, and maybe could have nicked one at the other end.”

McNeilly's main concern this season has been his side's home form. The Shots have lost 9 of their 17 league matches at Te Recreation Ground, and have picked up more points on their travels.

Wrexham's visit marks the end of a sequence of 6 consecutive home matches, and The Shots have improved those stats, especially considered that they lost their last 3 home games before the sequence began.

That draw against Chesterfield was preceded by back-toback wins over Dorking, which not only earned 3 points but also secured a spot in the last 8 of the FA Trophy.

McNeilly recognises the importance of improving results at the Recreation Ground:

“We have to turn our home form, our form in the time I’ve been at the club isn’t good enough.”

“At home we have a lot more of the ball, so we need to make sure when we keep the ball that we need to dominate games and we’re not open for transitions and being caught on the counter.”

“We’ve always been confident, we’re performing pretty well.”

-Ross McNeilly, Aldershot manager

“Even when we weren’t winning games, I thought we were playing well and got unlucky in some cases.”

“We’re finally getting the results which obviously is the most important thing.”

McNeilly replenished his squad in January to ensure they were prepared for the challenges of the second half of the season:

“I wanted to bring in some players who could fit in with our philosophy.”

“I thought we lacked centrally in midfield, and that’s not saying we weren’t good enough I just thought we lacked bodies.”

“There’s some real energy about the side and some real positivity about how we can play with a young side.”

McNeilly has also been pleased with the efforts of target man Inih Effiong, who has already got 14 league goals under his belt this season:  “He’s worked really hard on getting into the right positions and hopefully it proves more dividends.”


19/11/2022 Wrexham 2 (Mullin 28, Jones 38) Aldershot Town 0

Wrexham: M Howard, C McFadzean, B Tozer, B Hosanah (L McAlinden, 46), A Hayden, J Tunnicliffe, E Lee, L Young, J Jones (T O'Connor, 78), P Mullin (S Dalby, 87), O Palmer
Subs not used: R Lainton, J Davies                           

Aldershot: L Ashby-Hammond, G Phillips, Ollie Harfield, T Cordner, A Davies, T Willard (O Alfa, 56), J Partington (M Klass, 59), R Glover (A MacAllister, 82), F Vincent, J Amaluzor, I Effiong
Subs not used: B Shroll, C Jordan

Referee: Andrew Miller

Attendance: 10.071



Wrexham’s recent record against Aldershot Town is excellent, as we’re on a run of 3 consecutive wins. And that’s not counting the match last season which we were leading 2-0 when a water-logged pitch halted play!

When that match was replayed, we made amends with a spectacular display. Aaron Hayden, Harry Lennon, Reece Hall-Johnson, Jordan Ponticelli and Jordan Davies all scored in 28-minute burst either side of half time to secure a 5-0 victory, our biggest in Aldershot.

That halted a run of 5 games at The Recreation Ground which yielded just one point. Nine months earlier we suffered a 3-0 defeat which was our worst result there since a 6-0 battering in 1985.

The previous season we suffered a galling loss, conceding the only goal of the game in the 4th minute of added time. The preceding clash in December 2018 was frustrating in a different way: we dominated the match but there were no goals, with Bobby Grant missing a couple of good chances.

A demoralising 2-0 defeat in 2017 saw Aldershot’s excellent attacking movement out-manoeuvring Dean Keates’ famously sold defensive unit, while the season before the result was the same but the circumstances were different as Gary Mills’  rather poor side were overrun and ought to have lost by a far heavier margin.

We did better in November 2015, when Wes York scored the only goal, while 7 months earlier Louis Moult gave us an early lead as we drew 1-1.

The only other time we’ve visited Aldershot in the National League was in September 2013, and it resulted in a rather tame 2-0 defeat.

Despite that string of disappointing defeats, our record at Aldershot in the National League is considerably better than it was in the Football League. Our two wins and five losses at this level are in contrast to the 3 victories and 11 defeats before we dropped out of the top four divisions.

We didn’t enjoy a win there in our first 7 visits, drawing just 2, and first won in 1969, thanks to goals from Ray Smith and Arfon Griffiths. Normal service was resumed the next time we played there, four years later, as we lost 5-1, but the following season Mickey Thomas and Dave Smallman struck in a 2-1 win.

The following season we won again, as Mel Sutton, Brian Tinnion and Graham Whittle scored in a 3-2 win.

Smallman is our top scorer in this fixture with 4 goals, including a hat trick in a 4-0 home win in 1975. Sammy McMillan and Martyn King have also scored three against The Shots, and both of them, coincidentally, were in 4-0 victories at The Racecourse.


imageuau96.pngAnthony Forde's 300th league match.

Anthony Forde's 375th career game. 


Paul Mullin's 325th league appearance.

Phil Parkinson’s 75th league match as Wrexham manager.

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Match Reports

REPORT | Aldershot Town 3 – 4 Wrexham AFC

Stoppage-time Sam Dalby header secures dramatic late win

18 February 2023

Sam Dalby’s stoppage-time header secured a dramatic win away to Aldershot Town after a high-scoring encounter at the EBB Stadium.

It looked as though Paul Mullin’s goals were not quite going to be enough, when a late and unfortunate Jordan Tunnicliffe own goal levelled proceedings with just a minute remaining.

But Dalby nodded in Luke Young’s corner to seal victory deep in time added on as Wrexham returned from Hampshire with all three points.

Mullin opened the scoring from the penalty spot and volleyed in a second midway through the first-half, before Oliver Pendlebury pulled a goal back.

A deflected Mullin backheel restored Wrexham’s advantage, but Jake Hutchinson pulled another goal back before half-time.

With both sides missing chances after the break, it looked as though the scoring would be over until a cross deflected in off substitute Jordan Tunnicliffe in the closing minutes to mean a share of the spoils.

Max Cleworth and James Jones – second-half substitutes in mid-week – both returned to the Wrexham starting line-up at the EBB Stadium.

It meant Andy Cannon dropping to the bench, while Harry Lennon missed out with a knee injury – his absence paving the way for fit-again Tunnicliffe to return to the bench.

And the visitors were in front in just the seventh minute, when Mullin’s penalty sneaked under Luca Ashby-Hammond’s body and in after Haji Mnoga stopped Elliot Lee’s shot with his hand.

Aldershot could have responded just two minutes later, when Justin Amaluzor fizzed a cross in and Hutchinson glanced a header wide across goal.

Wrexham created half-chances of their own, as Cleworth’s header from Lee’s cross was saved low on 14 minutes and Lee was provider again when Ollie Palmer’s shot was blocked in the 19th minute.

The second goal on 23 minutes was Wrexham at their very best, however, as Mullin applied the finishing touch to a move that started at the back.

Eoghan O’Connell’s lofted pass was knocked down for Lee by Palmer, who ran at the defence and spread the ball wide to Anthony Forde; the Irishman crossed deep and an unmarked Mullin smashed in his second of the game.

Aldershot hit back on the half-hour, however, when Amaluzor pulled a low ball back into the area and Pendlebury finished low through a crowd.

But Wrexham restored the two-goal lead on 35 minutes. Jones drove at the defence and threaded the ball through to Mullin, whose touch forced him into a backheel which looped in off Corey Jordan.

Again, though, Aldershot responded to half the deficit – this time Hutchinson running onto a long ball over the top and, from an acute angle, firing low through Mark Howard’s legs and in.

Jacob Mendy could have scored a fourth for Wrexham in first-half stoppage time, when Aldershot’s defence failed to deal with Howard’s long ball, but his lob from a difficult angle dropped just wide.

Tunnicliffe replaced O’Connell at half-time, for his first appearance since limping off in the opening stages of the FA Cup Fourth Round match at home to Sheffield United.

He was in the thick of the action immediately too, making a good tackle on the edge of the box before Ryan Glover shot straight at Mark Howard on 47 minutes.

Amaluzor then went close on 57 minutes, running at Jones and eventually digging out a left-footed shot that dropped just over.

At the other end, Ashby-Hammond had to be out quickly on 59 minutes to beat Palmer to a lofted ball over the top.

Liam McAlinden replaced Jacob Mendy on 63 minutes, and the substitute had to hook a header over his own bar two minutes later from an Aldershot corner.

Jordan then headed over the bar from Ollie Harfield’s free-kick in the 67th minute as the Shots’ pressure continued to mount.

An excellent Cleworth tackle set up a counter-attack on 72 minutes, as Palmer played Mullin in behind the defence, but Ashby-Hammond stretched out a left leg to save. From the resultant Luke Young corner, Tunnicliffe headed just over the bar.

And on 74 minutes, Lee played Mullin in on his right-foot, but the striker was just off balance as he fired his right-footed shot over.

Young then picked Lee out at the back post with a deep corner on 78 minutes, but his header was just over.

Lee went close again in the 81st minute, working the ball onto his right-foot and shooting low, but Ashby-Hammond saved and the ball was cleared behind for a corner.

But Aldershot took full advantage of their reprieves when, with just a minute remaining, a cross hit the unfortunate Tunnicliffe and crept past the wrong-footed Howard.

This Wrexham team never says die, however, and - after a delay while Mnoga received treatment for a head injury - Dalby rose highest to head Young's inswinging corner in across goal.


Aldershot Town: Ashby-Hammond, Mnoga, Partington, Jordan, Cordner, Harfield, Klass (Frost 60), Amaluzor, Glover, Hutchinson (Willard 90+1)

Subs: Anderson, Ochieng, Roberts

Wrexham: Howard, Cleworth, Tozer, O’Connell (Tunnicliffe 46), Forde, Young, J.Jones, Mendy (McAlinden 63), Lee, Mullin (Dalby 85), Palmer

Subs: Lainton, Cannon

Referee: Sam Mulhall

Attendance: 4,568 (1,142 away)


Aldershot: Mnoga (6, handball)

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Ticket News

TICKET NEWS | Aldershot (A) on sale tomorrow

Tickets for away match at EBB Stadium on sale from Shots’ ticket office

16 January 2023

Tickets for our match away to Aldershot Town on Saturday February 18 will be on sale to away supporters from tomorrow morning (Tuesday January 17) at 10am.

Tickets can be bought direct from Aldershot Town’s ticket office, with no on-the-day sales for away supporters.

Wrexham AFC supporters will be located in the Away Covered Terrace, and the South East Seats, with an initial allocation of 900 – 750 standing, 150 seated.

Supporters can buy through or over the phone on 01252 320211.

Tickets are priced as follows, with an increase of £2 after 9am on Thursday February 16.

  • Adults: £18.00
  • Concession (Disabled+Companion, Senior (over-65), Young Person (18-20)): £14.00
  • Junior (17 & under)
  • Under 11s: Free

Supporters requiring accessible seating should contact Wrexham AFC DLO Kerry Evans, on

Official supporter travel will also be available for this game. Coaches will depart from the Mold Road at 9.15am and cost £33 for adults and £31 for juniors.

Please note, under-14s must be accompanied on official supporter travel and alcohol is strictly prohibited by law.

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