Carrington Walker previews a mouth-watering match for Aldershot this weekend.
Both Aldershot Town’s and Dagenham & Redbridge’s last fixtures were postponed due to both opponent’s involvement in the FA Trophy, meaning the both outfits have had extra time to prepare for this week’s match-up, taking place Saturday, 10th February.
Dagenham & Redbridge will play hosts this Saturday, as the match is showed live on BT Sports, and head into the game in a poor spell of form. The Daggers have lost three straight matches, conceding eight goals in the process. Going even further back, they’ve picked up just two wins from 10 and lost six in that time.
In contrast, Aldershot Town will be raring to go as the Hampshire side look to extend their seven-match unbeaten streak. Gary Waddock’s men will no doubt be aware that a win, if results elsewhere go their way, could send them top of the Vanarama National League. Such a feat at this stage in the season would give the Shots a fantastic platform to build upon. Even more impressively, the side’s last away defeat came in October of 2017.
Shots’ fans will be eager to formally welcome both Lewis Kinsella and George Fowler to their ranks, with both players making their loan moves permanent on deadline day. Whereas, home side Dagenham & Redbridge have recently seen three players leave their ranks, due to financial troubles at the club, all for undisclosed fees. These include striker Joe White who joined League Two team Stevenage FC alongside both Sam Ling and Morgan Ferrier who sides Leyton Orient and Boreham Wood respectively, both of which are fellow National League competitors.
However, Speaking to ShotsTV, Shots manager Gary Waddock spoke highly about the players who remained in the squad, stating that he “definitely won’t underestimate them.”
He proceeded to talk about the talents at his disposal, saying he was ‘really pleased’ with the chance that there was enough quality for ‘one or two to be sitting in the stands.’
Shamir Fenelon will again be the go to resource for goals in an already high-scoring Aldershot side. The traditional wide-man has been used down the middle this season due to injuries to striker Scott Rendell, although he’s expected to feature in the wings to accompany Nicke Kabamba.
At the other end, Corey Whitley will look to breath new life into a stagnating Aldershot side. The striker has notched up eight league goals and will hope for more.
Either way, it is expected to be a fiery afternoon in Dagenham with two high scoring sides going head to head this Saturday.