Brian Caffarey - 2nd August 2012
3pm on Saturday 4 August 2012
The Shots are the Cards’ opponents in their final friendly fixture on Saturday afternoon in what should be an interesting and well-contested game. Come down to Kingfield if you can and run your eye over Garry’s new-look side before the season starts in earnest.
The Cards have had some promising results at home in their pre-season games, beating League sides Crawley Town and AFC Wimbledon and losing narrowly to a QPR reserve side. They will be hoping to round off their preparations with another win over a League side a week before their opening game away to Wrexham. More important than the result, though, will be clear signs that Garry’s likely starting XI are looking ready for what is bound to be a tough opening fixture against last season’s BSP runners-up. It is quite possible, though, that Garry will want to find room for a couple of trialists on Saturday: the midweek 1-1 draw away at AFC Hornchurch saw two new faces – strikers Brett Williams and Nathan Livings – confirming that Garry is still looking to strengthen his side up front. There were also additional outings for Dean Sinclair, Rene Steer and Jesse Waller-Lassen.
The Shots finished in 11th place in League 2 last season, recovering from a poor mid-season to register only four defeats in their last 21 league games. Dean Holdsworth’s new signings this summer include Craig Stanley from Bristol Rovers; Craig Reid from Stevenage, formerly with Holdsworth at Newport County; robust central defender Guy Branston, whom we’ve previously seen in Kettering colours; and defender Troy Brown, who was on loan from Rotherham last season. There are plenty of other familiar names in the Shots’ squad, including former Woking target Peter Vincenti, Reece Connolly and Doug Bergqvist, both of whom appeared for Farnborough last season, Guy Madjo and Michael Rankine. Former Woking favourite, keeper Ross Worner, sustained a back injury in February which ruled him out for the rest of the season and he has not appeared in any friendly games so far.
The Shots beat Farnborough 2-1 away in their first friendly game, drew 0-0 at home with Polish side Warta Poznan, beat a QPR side 1-0 at home and then suffered home defeats to Crystal Palace and Portsmouth, both by 0-2 margins.
Aldershot start their season with a visit to Wolves on 11 August in the Capital One Cup and their first league game is a week later at Plymouth Argyle.
Adults £10. Concessions £5. U16s free.
Don’t forget that the Cards’ new kit will be on sale!
NEXT HOME GAME
The Cards start their league campaign on 11 August with a visit to last season’s BSP runners-up Wrexham and their first home game is on Tuesday 14 August when they are at home to Dartford. Make sure the date is firmly in your diary!
Don’t forget too that Garry Hill will be at Kingfield on Monday evening to talk about the forthcoming season. The session starts at 7.45pm.
Come on, you Cards!