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Preview: Aldershot (A)

We look to bounce back in Hampshire

22 November 2019

We travel to Aldershot tomorrow as we look to return to winning ways in the Vanarama National League.

Neal Ardley has described it as a meeting between 'two wounded animals' as both sides aim to bounce back from comprehensive defeats last time out.

Our 3-0 loss at home to Barrow ended our nine-match unbeaten run at Meadow Lane and saw us slip to ninth in the table.

We’ve not been beaten in consecutive games all season, though, and will look to respond in the manner we did after defeats to Bromley and Chesterfield, when we left Boreham Wood and Woking with the points in the matches that followed.

Aldershot, meanwhile, lost 6-1 at Dagenham and Redbridge a week ago and occupy 19th spot in the National League.

They had a fortuitous escape from relegation last time out – staying in the fifth tier despite finishing in the bottom four due to Gateshead’s financial troubles.

They’ll be hoping for a more settled campaign and will look to get back on track when we pay them a visit.

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The boss says…

“We’ve bounced back quickly in the past and put bad results to bed, so we have to keep proving we can do it.

“It’s important not to get into a rut and lose a couple on the trot because you soon tumble down the table.

“I think it’ll be two wounded animals – our defeat wasn’t quite as heavy as theirs but it was probably just as authoritative.

“They’ll make sure their performance levels are a lot higher this week and that makes them a dangerous side - we’ll have to go there and do a lot well to earn the right to win.”

Shots manager Danny Searle says…

“We’re still hurting but we have to dust ourselves down and go again.

“It’ll be a massively competitive game for us but we have to roll our sleeves up, get our heads down and graft.

“The players’ work rate and effort to react to a bad day last Saturday has been excellent.

“We know what we can do with the ball when we’re confident and working hard. Last week we didn’t, so this time we have to put that right.”

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Team news

The defeat against Barrow could tempt Ardley to make changes to what has been a settled squad in recent weeks.

Sean Shields will hope for a return to the starting line-up, while the likes of Kristian Dennis, Nathan Tyson and Dion Kelly-Evans will hope to be included from the off after waiting in the wings of late.

Aldershot left back Lewis Kinsella is available again after missing their defeat in Dagenham through suspension.

Searle should have all but one of his playing squad to select from, with only George Fowler remaining on the sidelines due to a knee injury.

Head to head

The last three meetings of the two sides have all ended level, with the most recent one finishing 1-1 at the EBB Stadium thanks to Ben Davies’ 90th-minute equaliser in February 2010.

Another last-ditch goal saw us take the points the season before, when Richard Butcher was the hero after Michael Johnson brought us level following Anthony Charles’ opener.

The officials

Referee: Elliott Swallow

Assistants: Adam Ricketts and Benjamin Williamson

Fourth official: James Welsh

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Match Reports

Aldershot 2-1 Notts

Wootton goal not enough in Hampshire

23 November 2019

Kyle Wootton's seventh goal of the season couldn't prevent us from slipping to a 2-1 defeat on a damp day at Aldershot.

The forward restored parity with an instinctive finish in the first half after Mohamed Bettamer's excellent header had put the hosts ahead.

But Alfy Whittingham put Shots ahead once again before the interval, consigning us to back-to-back defeats despite several near misses after the break.

Neal Ardley gave the starting XI that faced Barrow the opportunity to atone for the 3-0 loss by selecting the same line-up in Hampshire.

That meant Sean Shields had to once again settle for a place on the bench alongside Kristian Dennis, Nathan Tyson, Dion Kelly-Evans and Zoumana Bakayogo.

There wasn't much to choose between the teams in the early exchanges as we had to wait until the 11th minute to produce our first meaningful attempt.

It came via Damien McCrory, who controlled a looped pass from his left-side partner Regan Booty before a flashing a low shot goalwards from a tight angle. An Aldershot defender managed to get in the way of the ball.

The Irish full-back was involved in an attacking sense again shortly afterwards, doing brilliantly to pick out Wes Thomas with a cushioned first-time pass.

As the forward progressed towards goal, Wootton appealed for the ball in space but, with defenders closing in, Thomas opted to shoot. Mitch Walker managed to bundle the ball behind from between the Shots sticks.

Mitch Rose entered the book for a foul on 21 minutes and, six minutes later, the hosts had the lead against the run of play.

It looked like the opportunity had passed after Connor Shields was released into the area by a perfectly-weighted through ball, only for Sam Slocombe to race off his line and stand firm to block his shot.

The ball came back out to Aldershot, however, and Bettamer was the recipient of a perfect outswinging cross which he headed home expertly.

It didn't take long for us to level, though, and it came in the form of an instinctive finish by Wootton.

Michael Doyle had the initial shot from outside the area, fizzing the ball along the slick turf under the damp, gloomy Hampshire skies.

And the Scunthorpe loanee was on hand to divert the ball beyond the helpless Walker before the keeper had time to react.

But a topsy-turvey end to the first half finished with the hosts ahead.

We were the masters of our own downfall this time as Ben Turner received a goal kick from Slocombe before playing a short pass to Doyle, who was facing his own goal deep inside our territory.

Whittingham was straight on to him and capitalised on the skipper's heavy touch to nip around him and finish low past Slocombe.

There were no changes for either side at the break but we nearly altered the scoreline in our favour shortly after the restart when Rose's long throw prompted a scramble in the area.

The skirmish resulted in Wootton having a stab at goal but the ball ran wide of the target and Walker was able to get hold of it.

We then carved our hosts open when Booty released McCrory to the byline with an incisive pass. His low cross was met by Thomas at the near post but the forward could only flick it high and wide with the outside of his boot from a difficult angle.

Aldershot's goal was leading a charmed life as we surged forward once more without success. The latest opportunity came when Turner's defensive header from a goal kick was forceful enough to send Thomas racing into the penalty area from a wide angle.

His shot was pushed away by Walker and Wootton slid in to try and turn the ball home. His effort was actually going wide but a Shots defender inadvertantly kept the ball in, presenting Doyle with the opportunity to bag his first goal for us.

Somehow, though, a combination of Robbie Tinkler and Walker managed to keep the midfielder's effort out at the near post.

Aldershot reminded us of their own threat shortly before the hour as Ethan Chislett fired a shot wide from the edge of the area.

The rain was now pouring as darkness closed in at the EBB Stadium and Turner was next in the book for a robust challenge on Shots man Shields - and Richard Brindley soon followed after fouling Chislett.

The subsequent free-kick nearly resulted in the hosts' third goal as Bettamer got his head on the cross to loop the ball goalwards. With Slocombe stranded, Rawlinson had to slide in to clear the ball off the line.

Ardley opted for a double switch with quarter of an hour to play, with our own Shields joining Dennis in entering the fray.

Boldewijn and Rose made way and Tyson took the place of Thomas shortly afterwards.

It felt like our chance to equalise had been and gone early in the second half, though, with the hosts limiting us to very little attacking threat as time ticked by.

And so it proved as the rest of the match passed without further goalmouth action.

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Ticket News

Tickets and travel: Aldershot (A)

22 November 2019

Tickets for our trip to Aldershot on Saturday 23 November (kick-off 3pm) are no longer available from our ticket office.

Tickets will be available to purchase on matchday from cash turnstiles in the EBB Stadium's away end.

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Category Seating Terrace
Adult £20 £18
65 and over £16 £14
Armed Forces £16 £14
Student £16 £14
Under 22 £16 £14
Under 19 £7 £5
Under 11 Free* Free*

*Two per paying adult and not available online

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Disabled supporter tickets are priced £16 for seating and £14 for terrace spaces, with a carer ticket issued free of charge.

We have been allocated six wheelchair disabled tickets, which are priced £16.

Tickets for disabled supporters are not available online.

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Official away travel will depart from near the club shop on Meadow Lane at 10am.

Prices are as follows:

General adult/senior: £24

General under 18: £15

Season ticket holders/Lifeline members/NCFCOSA members: £23

Season ticket holder under 18: £14

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