The TT Weekly Blog 1st December

TT1 – Aldershot Town Preview

#TUFC Talk

1 –  This game will prove whether we have turned the corner, or in fact the two wins were just a momentary up-turn in our season.

2 – The strike-force of RK and Reidy will almost certainly continue, and they’ll have to step up their game even further against the aggressive high-line from Shots.

3 – Shots play width-heavy attacking tactics, which could expose our wing-back system. Owers will need to guard against this being a game-breaker for the away team.

4 – The Yellow Army were a bit subdued last Saturday to start with, we need more noise to push the boys on this weekend.

The Quick Guide to our Opponents

“Put simply Aldershot are primed for a promotion push this year. Gary Waddock has moulded a fast attacking team, who will surely go close in 2018. There is weaknesses though, as the defence push forward and do leave the odd gaps (as 24 goals against will testify). However three 2-0 wins on the spin show they are peaking at the right time, and we’ll have to be right at it in all areas this Saturday to get a result”.

League Position: 1st

Full NL Record: Pld: 22  Won: 11  Draws: 6  Lost: 5  For: 37  Agst: 24  Gl Diff: 13 Pts: 39 

Manager: Gary Waddock

Player to watch: Shamir Fenelon and Bernard Mensah (Strikers) 

Ex-Gulls? Scott Rendell – It feels like a lifetime ago since Rendell spearheaded our attack with Benyon (2010). Since then he’s circled the lower leagues and is still a threat as he reaches veteran status (as he showed in the FA Cup…).

Last Three Results:

28th November – Bromley 0-2 Aldershot

25th November – Aldershot 2-0 Wrexham

18th November – Hartlepool 0-2 Aldershot

Last Three Head to Head:

14th Oct 17 – Aldershot 1-0 United

8th Aug 17 – Aldershot 3-2 United

8th April 17 – Aldershot 1-1 United

TT2 – Match Prediction Poll and TT Views

My Prediction – “In the third of the United V Shots 17-18 trilogy I think we are in the mood to do better, and give the top of the table team something to think about! I’m still not confident enough to vote for a home win though (they did win every league game in November!), so will lean towards a 1-1 draw with McQuoid tucking in another”

TT3 – Tough December

December is always a trying month, at whatever level of the football pyramid you are in. Six fixtures are scheduled before the new year – Shots, Gateshead and Maidstone at home. Tranmere, Eastleigh and Boreham away.

Out of the five league games, we should be aiming for at least seven or eight points. Tranmere will be tough away, but I think we can win at least two of the others. Of course being TUFC we could lose the lot!

With the changing weather conditions and likely injuries, the starting line-up will chop and change during the month. I want to see a settled XI if possible. I liked the balance versus Orient – it felt like a proper team coming together at last and with any luck we can avoid a ‘Blue Christmas’ for the Yellow Army.

TT4 – McGinty Captaincy

Sean has received a fair bit of criticism this season and in losing games people quickly use him as a scapegoat for their frustration. That’s not entirely fair given the constant shuffle of people alongside him and the shift in formations.

The captaincy appears to have given Sean a welcome boost of confidence, so has the arrival of Alex Davey. Gints now has to lead by example and take responsibility – no collapses when things are going awry. (The whole team has been guilty of that mind!)

The Shots attack (Fenelon-Mensah-Rendell) will keep the three centre backs on their toes, so it’s a tough test of our metal at the back. I hope Sean remains steady. I have seen his expressions of anguish on BB when it’s been going wrong and they illustrate how much he does care.

TT5 – TULFC

TULFC had another blockbuster month and our brief catch-up with Vicki Fannon, showed how happy things are in the ladies camp at the moment. With the likes of Steph Beck, Daisy Self and Sian Chapman scoring for fun the boys may want to ask for some tips! At TT we’ll endeavour to have more TULFC related articles in the coming months – they deserve it.

 

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