McNeilly: Shots are hopeful of FA Trophy success

Aldershot return to Isuzu FA Trophy action against Leiston this weekend, in front of a home crowd at the EBB.

The Shots beat Welling United 3-0 in the third round of the FA Trophy to progress to this stage of the tournament, and will face lower league opposition again in the fourth round.

Going into the fixture, Shots gaffer Ross McNeilly analysed Leiston, saying “they’ve done well to get this far, and we’ve prepared as much as we can. They’re a 3-5-2 which a lot of teams in our league seem to be.”

McNeilly was also adamant that the Shots are taking this fixture as seriously as any other, saying: “it’s a big opportunity for us to be as strong as we can, and put the best side out we can, because we want to do well”

“We obviously want to go through into the quarter final of the trophy, and give the fans some positivity where there hasn’t been much in recent league fixtures”

“We’ve got good players, we’ve got a good squad that are a little bit out of form at the minute”

“We need to make sure that we apply ourselves correctly and go with the right mindset and the right attitude from the off.”

Following on from that, McNeilly has said that he will be looking to play his best side, and went on to say: “Tommy is back up to 60 (minutes) now, so he is closer to fitness, so he’ll be looking at getting himself a start this weekend.”

“We want to be strong, we don’t want to be approaching this game thinking lets give players a run out… no disrespect to the academy boys but we want to be putting out our best 11 which is what we will be doing.”

The full interview is available on the Aldershot YouTube channel HERE.