WHO ARE THE SHOTS PLAYING?
Aldershot Town return to National League action at the EBB Stadium as they host second placed Bromley. Despite February almost being upon us this will be the first time Aldershot have played a game in any fixture at the EBB Stadium this calendar year.
Bromley will offer the toughest test the Shots could have faced on their return to the EBB Stadium, as Chesterfield have already visited, making the Ravens the highest placed team in the division yet to visit Aldershot this season.
LAST TIME OUT:
Bromley and Aldershot played out a classic when Tommy Widdrington’s side visited Hayes Lane in late November last year. Bromley found themselves ahead quickly as Louis Dennis and Michael Cheek scored to give Andy Woodman’s side a 2-0 lead with less than five minutes on the clock, and the game looked as though it would turn into a routine win for Bromley.
However, you can never count out the Shots, and Jack Barham got the first back as he nipped in to score as the Bromley defence misjudged the flight of a cross, and Lorent Tolaj got the sides all square as Bromley keeper Grant Smith again misjudged the path of a low driven shot as it ended up in the bottom corner of his goal.
The hosts were then reduced to ten as Byron Webster got himself sent off for an elbow on Kwame Thomas, and late into a hefty amount of injury time Coby Rowe rose the highest to connect with a Josh Stokes cross to send the Shots back down south with all the points from Hayes Lane.
SINCE WE LAST MET:
The Aldershot encounter was the last game Bromley have lost so far this season. The side quickly bounced back on the road, winning 4-1 at Hartlepool, before beating Rochdale back at Hayes Lane. Slough Town in the FA Trophy were the next to fall to Andy Woodman’s side, that victory was followed by three wins and two draws in five games in the National League before Bromley returned to FA Trophy action, knocking out Chippenham Town on penalties. Bromley’s last game was a 2-2 draw at Boreham Wood, a game they were on track to win before Kwesi Appiah’s 88th minute equaliser.
IN THE DUGOUT:
Looking to rectify the loss last time out and continue his impressive run is Andy Woodman in the Bromley dugout. The former Northampton Town goalkeeper started his managerial career at Whitehawk in 2017, and joined current club Bromley in 2021. In his first season Woodman got his side into the playoffs on the final day of the season, and repeated the achievement again last season as his side went to the semi-finals of the National League playoffs after beating Woking before losing to Chesterfield. In the three season Woodman has been at Bromley he has made the playoffs twice, and in the one season he didn’t he upset the Hollywood story as his side beat Wrexham in the FA Trophy final in 2022, a game in which former Shot Joe Partington played.
A NEW SHOT
There’s a new Josh on the block at the EBB Stadium, as Stokes has joined Bristol City and returned on loan, but Josh Barrett has linked up with former Kings Lynn manager Tommy Widdrington at Aldershot Town for the rest of the season. Barrett has previously spent a month on loan at the Shots in 18/19, and has also played with Coventry and Bristol, so will be familiar with his surroundings and a few of his fellow teammates.
Tickets for our next two home games at the EBB Stadium against Bromley (Tuesday 23rd January) and Rochdale (Saturday 27th January) are now on sale and can be bought online by clicking HERE
If you are unable to purchase tickets online, you can pop in to the Club Shop between 11-2 on Mon-Fri or call the Ticket Office on 01252 320 211.
Prices will remain the same.
Supporters will now need to create new accounts in order to purchase tickets online. We apologise for this inconvenience, but ensure supporters that whilst everything was done to try and avoid any inconvenience, matters out of our control led to this situation.
Our next two home games will operate with unreserved seating for tickets bought under general sale.
Season ticket holders will still have their seats reserved and these will be clearly marked, in order to ensure those with unreserved seating do not sit in these seats.
We therefore ask all those buying unreserved seating to ensure they are aware of the seats marked as Season Ticket Holders’ and do not sit in these seats.
IF YOU CAN’T MAKE IT:
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