Aldershot will be looking to put a recent thrashing behind them, as Carrington Walker reports.
“I’d like to apologise to them (the supporters) for the performance and the result – bottom line, I got the team selection wrong, so I need to have a hard-long look at that leading into the next game” – Aldershot manager Gary Waddock spoke earnestly about the mistakes both he and his side will have to learn from their 6-1 thrashing away to AFC Flyde as they travel, again, this Saturday to struggling Chester.
Waddock, speaking to Shots TV, mentioned ‘danger signs (he’d) seen for a while’. Shots fans will hope these can be resolved against a team seemingly in worse form than themselves.
Chester are second from bottom, six points adrift from safety, and in a horrid run of from.
Four straight defeats coupled with five points from their last 10 National League games spells trouble for manager Marcus Bignot.
Such is the current state of affairs at Chester, Bignot is the only current first team coach signed on at the club, with goalkeeping coach Dave Felgate departing the club this week, following assistant manager Ross Thorpe’s exit last month.
However, the remaining optimists at Chester might feel The Blues welcome a wounded Shots side and players such as striker James Akintunde can capitalise.
In the opposing attack, Scott Rendell and Shamir Fenelon will both be keen to improve their already impressive goals tally. Sat behind them, Manny Oyeleke will be sure to label the Fylde game an anomaly and rack up another confident display in the Shots midfield.
Aldershot Town will also have an eye on fixtures elsewhere, particularly Boreham Wood, as they continue to battle for promotion from the highly contested Vanarama National League.
Currently sitting in fifth place, the Hampshire outfit are on 63 points with Welsh side Wrexham.
Just one point behind, on 62 points, sit a rejuvenated Boreham Wood who face Tranmere Rovers, who are currently one point ahead of Aldershot in third place.
It promises to be yet another frantic end to the season in the National League with many more twists and turns set to unravel in the closing months and no doubt this fixture will add to the spectacle at Chester this weekend.