WHO ARE THE SHOTS PLAYING?
Shots return to action up in Nottingham, taking on Notts County at Meadow Lane. The Magpies are currently sat third in the National League, and alongside Chesterfield are the only unbeaten sides in the division. Founded in 1862, Notts County have been in the National League since 2019/20.
HOW DID THEY DO LAST SEASON?
Notts County ended the regular season in fifth place, entering the National League playoffs at the Quarter-final stage. Their 82 points was their best tally since they arrived in the league, but was still 12 points off Champions Stockport. Their season ended at the hands of eventual playoff final winners Grimsby Town, losing 2-1 at Meadow Lane to end any hopes of a return to the Football League.
Notts County made it to the First Round proper of the FA Cup, but fell to Rochdale in a replay at Meadow Lane in November. Much like their playoff run, the FA Trophy ended for Notts County in the Quarter-finals, losing to eventual finalists Wrexham.
HOW DID WE GET ON AGAINST THEM LAST SEASON?
Shots first game against Notts County last season ended in a 3-2 defeat, with a Corrie Andrews brace seeing the Shots ahead after 51 minutes, but the Magpies were too much for Aldershot as they walked away with all three points. The return fixture at the EBB was much more successful for the Shots, first half goals from Mikael Ndjoli and Tommy Willard were capped off by Sinclair Armstrong in the 88th minute as Shots won 3-1.
WHOS THEIR GAFFER?
Current Notts County manager is 41-year-old Luke Williams. Williams has been in management since 2010, kicking off his career with Brighton & Hove Albion’s u21s, before going on to be assistant, caretaker and then finally first team manager at Swindon Town. A spell at Bristol City u23s was followed by two more assistant roles at MK Dons and Swansea, before he landed the Notts County job in 2022.
Williams is currently undefeated as Notts County manager, winning 4 and drawing 3 of his opening 7 games at the club to guide them to a very commendable start to the season.
NOTTS COUNTY SQUAD UPDATE:
Notts County are obviously without Frank Vincent until late September as he has left the club on loan to join the Shots, and have no notable absentees from the squad, whether that be through injury or suspension.
Of the Magpies arrivals this season, five of them may feature in some capacity tomorrow night. Geraldo Bajrami and Macaulay Langstaff have both appeared in all seven of the opening games, the latter scoring an impressive nine goals so far this year. Sam Austin, Cedwyn Scott and Aden Baldwin who joined permanently from Kidderminster, Gatsehead and MK Dons have appeared in six of the seven opening games, so should be expected to feature at some point.
Notts County lost Michael Doyle through retirement, but also lost key figures Callum Roberts, Alex Lacey, Dion Kelly-Evans, Elisha Sam, Kyle Wotton, and Lewis Knight, with all the aforementioned making at least 20 appearences for Notts County last season.
While he might be a Shot at present, Frank Vincent will become an “ex-Shot” once his loan spell ends at the club. Vincent signed for the Shots in late August, and will return to Notts County on the 26th September. Frank has played three times for us during his loan, against Oldham, Maidstone and Barnet.
As this is an away game, fans travelling to Nottingham for the fixture can buy tickets HERE.
Away supporters will be seated in the Jimmy Sirrel stand, and tickets are priced as follows:
- Adult: £20
- 65 and over: £14
- 18-21: £14
- Under 18: £7
- Under 16: £5
- Under 12: £1
- Under 7: Free (if purchased at the same time as an adult ticket).
Ticket prices will rise by £2 on matchday.
HOW TO FOLLOW THE GAME:
There will be live BBC Surrey Sport online commentary of the game with Rob Worrall and a guest summariser.