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Match details: Aldershot Town versus Torquay United
Venue: The EBB Stadium (Recreation Ground), Aldershot
Date: Tuesday 22nd November 2021
Current Form (last six):
Aldershot: W, L, L, L, L, W
Torquay: L, W, W, D, W, L
Aldershot: Corie Andrews (5)
Torquay: Armani Little (8)
Head to Head:
Aldershot/Aldershot Town: 40
Aldershot Town fact file:
Year founded: 1992
Nickname: The Shots
Last season’s league finish: 15th in National League
Football Conference/Blue Square Premier/National League:
Isthmian League Premier Division:
Manager: Mark Molesley
After spending two spells as a player with Aldershot, between 2006 and 2007 and 2013 and 2015, former England C’ international Mark Molesley returned to the EBB Stadium as manager in September 2021, following the sacking of Danny Searle.
Molesley started his managerial career with Weymouth, a role which combined with coaching AFC Bournemouth’s Under-23 side. He led the Terras to back-to-back promotions to reach the National League after winning the Southern League Premier South title in 2018-19 and the National League Play-offs in 2019-20.
His success with Weymouth saw him appointed as Southend United manager in August 2020, but a series of poor results saw him dismissed after seven months in charge at Roots Hall.
Player to watch: Lewis Kinsella
Club captain Lewis Kinsella started his career in the youth academies of Arsenal and Aston Villa and had loan spells with Luton Town and Kidderminster Harriers before joining Colchester United in 2016.
Kinsella spent two seasons with the U’s and joined Aldershot on a permanent basis in the summer of 2018, following a successful loan spell in the 2017-18 season. He has made over a century of appearances for the Shots in all competitions.
In the summer of 2020, Kinsella made the national news when he sought to crowdfund the funds for a MCL (Medial Collateral Ligament) injury, which saw his former Villa team-mate Jack Grealish pledge £2,000 towards the £10,000 target.
Position: Left Back/Winger
Date of Birth: 2nd September 1994 – 27 years-old
Former Clubs: Arsenal, Aston Villa, Luton, Kidderminster, Colchester
National League Stats 21-22: Played 15, Goals 1, Yellow/Red Cards 4/0
Last meeting: Torquay United 2 Aldershot Town 1 – Tuesday 27th April 2021,
Torquay scored a stoppage-time winner as they held onto top spot in the National League with a 2-1 victory against Aldershot at Plainmoor in ‘Gary time’.
Ben Wynter’s goal in the eighth minute of time added on rescued the Gulls a point against Notts County on the previous Saturday, and it was Scott Boden who snatched a winner in the seventh minute of stoppage time.
Torquay started on the front foot and went ahead after 12 minutes when skipper Asa Hall volleyed home Adam Randell’s cross, but Aldershot were level five minutes later when Kodi Lyons-Foster headed home from a free-kick.
However, just as it looked as though the Gulls would run out of time, Boden popped up to glance in a header from a terrific Randell cross.
Aldershot Town (3-4-3)
Christian Oxlade-Chamberlain – Corey Jordan – Kodi Lyons-Forster
Alfie Saunders – Mo Sylla – Alfie Whittingham – Lewis Kinsella
Ryan Glover – Corie Andrews – Terry Willard
Torquay United (4-4-1-1):
Ben Wynter – Joe Lewis – Ali Omar – Dean Moxey
Byron Moore – Armani Little – Tom Lapslie – Keelan O’Connell
Dan Holman – Sinclair Armstrong
TT Pre-Match Talking Points:
Will Ali Omar replace Harry Perritt in the line-up?
Can the Gulls grab a long-awaited second away win of the season?
Wil Armani Little continue his fine form in front of goal?