Following the disaster of the opening game against Morecambe, Exeter City travel to North-East Hampshire to The Recreation Ground in Aldershot. Aldershot, fresh from their 2-0 win over Plymouth Argyle, will be looking to consolidate their good start and justify manager’s Dean Holdsworth decision not to take up the Crawley Town job.
Aldershot enter the season in plenty of optimism. They had a good pre-season, though this did include a 2-0 defeat at home to the conquerors of the Grecians in the League Cup, Crystal Palace. Incidentally that match was reported on for Exeweb, and can be read here. They look compact, solid and well organised. Young Jordan Roberts has moved up from their academy and will give our full backs a run for their money with his pacey runs down either wing.
Since Aldershot reformed in 1992 after their bankruptcy, we’ve met 15 times in all competitions. Aldershot Town entering the Conference in 2003 on promotion and Exeter after relegation from the football league.
What is interesting is our record at the Rec. 8 games and all ended in defeats. This is the record:-
Tues 11th November 2003 2-1 to the Shots.
Sat 28 Feb 2004 2-1 FA Trophy
Tues 8th Feb 2005 1-0 Shield (Conference Cup)
Tues 1st March 2005 2-1
Mon 2nd January 2006 1-0
Tues 3rd April 2007 3-2
Tues 2nd October 2007 2-0
Saturday 15th November 2008 1-0
Robert Hodges and Wes Linden
Fourth Official Mathew Buonassisi
According to Soccerbase this is his second season as a referee, having been promoted from the Conference list this season.
Don’t forget to check out our excellent Exeweb ground guide to The Rec, here.