Pete discusses Shots ahead of the gameat Plainmoor
I am Aldershot Town’s Historian, a position which I’m proud to have held since 2008. I supported the old club (Aldershot FC) from 1979 till their demise in 1992. I then carried on where lots of us left off when the new club was started soon after.
The first two-thirds of October, saw us draw two National League games and lose another. We then got knocked out of the FA Cup at National League South promotion contenders Chelmsford City.
Following the dismissal of boss Mark Molesley, the final third of the month yielded three consecutive league victories, the last of which was a 3-0 win at Dorking Wanderers on Saturday.
The 5-1 home win over FC Halifax Town live on BT Sport in mid-September.
The last three games!
It sounds like you’re asking me to do you a scouting report!
Centre back Tyler Cordner (is useful in both penalty areas and is our joint top scorer), strike pair Justin Amaluzor (quick) and Inih Effiong (strong) have also produced five goals apiece, captain Joe Partington is a solid and calm leader, and striker/winger Tommy Willard is tricky, pacey and has scored a goal in each of our last three games (his goal at Dorking was brilliant!).
Head of Football Operations (and legendary ex-Shots boss) Terry Brown oversaw the first two games following Mark Molesley’s dismissal, and was ably assisted by Ross McNeilly and James Edmonds from our Academy. Both games resulted in solid victories by a seemingly rejuvenated side.
Last Friday, it was announced that Terry would revert back to his role “upstairs”, leaving the running of the team in the capable hands of Ross and James, who subsequently managed the lads to a magnificent 3-0 win at Dorking on Saturday!
With regards to permanently filling the managerial vacancy, the club has stated, “We as a Club have been delighted with the way Terry Brown, Ross McNeilly and James Edmonds have had an impact in such a short space of time. With this in mind we don’t want to rush the process of recruitment as we want to ensure we have the time to make the best decision for the players and the supporters.”
Predominantly, a 3-4-1-2 system.
We play more of a pressing game than we did before, are defending much better and have ventured higher up the pitch more often.
Based on the old adage that you don’t change a winning team (unless circumstances dictate otherwise), I’d assume it will be:
Luca Ashby-Hammond, Archie Davies, Ollie Harfield, Joe Partington, Tyler Cordner, Justin Amaluzor, Frank Vincent, Inih Effiong, Giles Phillips, Ryan Glover, Tommy Willard
Somewhere between 200-250 will make the trip.
Solihull Moors have been the best side we’ve played so far. Apart from that (and, you may think, this strange based on some results), the other teams haven’t been that much better than us nor have they created more chances; it’s simply been a matter of them making the most of their opportunities and us not doing the same.
With regards to opposition players that have impressed, I’d say that Andrew Dallas and Joe Sbarra (both Solihull Moors), Macaulay Langstaff (Notts County), Ryan Colclough (Altrincham), ex-Shot Rhys Browne (Wealdstone) and Jimmy Muitt (Dorking Wanderers) have all stood out.