Victory for The Shots could see them boost their play-off chances, as Jordan Chesmin reports.
Aldershot Town host Macclesfield Town this Saturday at the EBB Stadium. The home side go into the game in seventh place, just below the play-off positions in the Vanarama National League.
The game will prove to be a test for both sides as only three points and four places separate them in the top half of the table. Neither side has been in good form with Aldershot only winning one game in the last six league outings. The away side are also without a win in the last six games, making this meeting between the two vital.
A win for either side could help them mount a real promotion challenge into Sky Bet’s League Two. However, the Shots are one of four teams to have played 20 league games; whereas the rest, including Macclesfield Town have an extra game in hand.
A win for Gary Waddock’s side will see them enter the top five fray, depending on the rest of the weekend’s results. A loss at the EBB Stadium will see Macclesfield reach above Aldershot on goal difference.
Speaking to Sport in Surrey’s reporter Tom Cann, Waddock said: “We’ve played some good opponents who are near the top…One of the pleasing things is that we’ve gone into these games and competed well in such a short space of time.
“Within one fixture you can go from where we are [seventh] going up the league or going to mid-table; you’re not judged in November, early December. We know where we’ll be [when it comes] to the last fixture of the season”
The Shots manager expects a ‘tough’ game at the EBB stadium on Saturday and holds respect for ‘a well-organised side’:
“You’re going to have runs where you win a few, runs when you lose a few, but you’ve got to remain calm and composed about the situation and be focused on your next one.”