After Tuesday's heartening wn on Tuesday, Dean Keates' team retunr to home ground looking to build some momentum. Aldershot will offer stiff opposition, though, having won 2 and drawn 1 of their last 3 away games.
Unbeaten in three games, during which they conceded just once, Danny Searle's men have bounced back well from a 4-1 home defeat at the hands of league leaders Torquay United.
HEAD TO HEAD
We need to improve our form against Aldershot, as they’ve certainly enjoyed the upper hand in the last few years.
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If we fail to win, we will equal our longest run of games without a win against Aldershot, a 4-match stretch between 2016 and 2018. Going into this game, we’ve won just one of our last 7 games against The Shots.
Last season Aldershot did the double over us for just the second time, getting an injury time winner at the Recreation Ground and then enjoying a 2-1 victory at The Racecourse.
Our home form against The Shots is usually excellent – we’ve won 17 out of 22 home games against them – and our last win over them was in September 2018, when second half goals by Stuart Beavon and Jordan Maguire-Drew earned a 2-0 win.
Jay Harris has reason to look back fondly on this fixture: in January 2014 he scored a spectacular 87th minute winner at The Racecourse.
We hadn’t lost at home to Aldershot until four seasons ago, when we were beaten 2-0.
Our best result against Aldershot is 4-0, a scoreline we’ve managed three times, and on each occasion a hat trick was scored. In October 1964 Martyn King got three, but a week later we lost 5-0 at Aldershot!
The following season Sammy McMillan hit a hat trick, and in March 1975 Dave Smallman (above) kept the match ball.
Theo Vassell's 125th career appearance.