Aldershot Town arrive in Somerset on Good Friday desperate to build on their first win since the end of January.

The Shots ended a run of nine games without a win with a 2-1 victory at home to out-of-form Boreham Wood last weekend.

They have the sixth worst away record in the National League having won one, drawn one and lost four of their last trips with that win coming courtesy of a last minute own goal scored by W*ymouth the last time they picked up three points.

They will be hoping that QPR loan striker Sinclair Armstrong can be fit to feature having joined until the end of the season earlier this week.

The imposing QPR forward, who impressed when he came off the bench for Torquay United in their 2-1 win at Huish Park on New Year’s Day, has joined on loan until the end of the season.

The 18-year-old managed two goals in an eight game stay in Devon – including one against W*ymouth – but impressed many Gulls’ fans during his time.

In the announcement of his arrival, Aldershot said that the Republic of Ireland youth international “will look to recover from his recent injury and be an attacking option for manager Mark Molesley as soon as possible.

If he is fit to face the Glovers, his new club will be looking for him to fill the goal-scoring void left by the departure of Corie Andrews, who is still the club’s top scorer with nine goals despite leaving in January.

The AFC Wimbledon striker, who scored  in a 2-1 win for Yeovil when the two sides met on Bank Holiday Monday in August, has joined League Two strugglers Colchester United.

 


FROM THE (ASSISTANT) MANAGER

Speaking after last weekend’s 2-1 home win over Boreham Wood, Aldershot assistant manager (and former W*ymouth number two) Tom Prodomo spoke about how the players had handled their recent poor run.

We have shown we can do that and we are confident we can, but you have to be honest enough to put the work in and show that on the pitch as often as you can.

“You have to take ownership when you are on a losing run, we make decisions and send the players out there to put the game plan in to action, and when you don’t get results you can’t hide from that.

“No-one has hidden or shied away and I think that mentality has produced this result but it is one result and we have to do that again at Yeovil next Friday.

Asked about the Easter period where the Shots travel to Somerset before an Easter Monday home fixture with Dagenham & Redbridge, the assistant added: “We are really excited for these types of periods, that is what we are all in professional football for and we have reminded them what they have had to put in to be professional players.

“Now is not the time to go short and have regrets, it is time to finish strong and set us up for a summer where we can push the club forward ahead of next season.”

 


TEAM NEWS

Goalkeeper Ryan Hall seems certain to get a start having put in a man of the match performance against Boreham Wood last weekend.

The 21-year-old was recalled from a loan spell at Southern League side Beaconsfield for the match after first choice Mitch Walker and his understudy Ethan Ross both went off injured in the previous match against Eastleigh.

As mentioned above, striker Sinclair Armstrong, who has joined on loan from QPR until the end of the season, will be hoping to shake off an injury to feature on Good Friday.


A FOOT IN BOTH CAMPS

Yeovil Town defender Max Hunt seems unlikely to feature on Good Friday, but he will be the only player in either squad with experience in the other dressing room.

The centre half played 21 times on loan from Carlisle United in the 2019-20 season and scored his only goal against the Glovers in a 3-1 win for Darren Sarll’s men at The Recreation Ground.

However, he is not the only player with a foot in both camps with some of the others including:

Dillon Barnes – Yeovil Town (2022), Aldershot Town (2022)
Gabriel Osho – Aldershot Town (2018), Yeovil Town (2019-20, 2020-21)
Alefe Santos – Yeovil Town (2017-19), Aldershot Town (2019-20)
Rhys Browne – Aldershot Town (2015-16), Yeovil Town (2017-19)
Iffy Allen – Yeovil Town (2015-16), Aldershot Town (2016)
Harry Cornick – Aldershot Town (2014), Yeovil Town (2015-16)
Joe Ralls – Aldershot Town – Youth (2008), Yeovil Town (2013-14)
Andre McCollin – Yeovil Town (2008-10), Aldershot Town (2014-15)
Jamie Vincent – Yeovil Town (2006), Aldershot Town (2010-11)
Joel Grant – Aldershot Town (2006-08), Yeovil Town (2013-15)
Terrell Forbes – Yeovil Town (2006-10), Aldershot Town (2013)
Scott Rendell – Aldershot Town (2005, 2016-19), Yeovil Town (2008)
Steve Collis – Yeovil Town (2001-06), Aldershot Town (2002)
Chris Giles – Yeovil Town (2000-04), Aldershot Town (2004-05)
Nick Crittenden – Yeovil Town (2000-04), Aldershot Town (2004-06)
Andy Lindegaard – Yeovil Town (1999-07, 2009-10), Aldershot Town (2009)
Anthony Tonkin – Yeovil Town (1998-02, 2006-07), Aldershot Town (2012-15)
Colin Fielder – Yeovil Town (1996-98), Aldershot Town (1999-2002)
Owen Coll – Yeovil Town (1995), Aldershot Town (1998-2002)


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