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Latics vs. Aldershot Town

26 August 2022

© Eddie Garvey
Match Previews

Latics vs. Aldershot Town

26 August 2022

Latics welcome Aldershot Town to Boundary Park for the first part of a Bank Holiday double header.

They will be looking to get back to winning ways following back-to-back defeats to Wealdstone and Southend United respectively.

A goal for the Shrimpers on the half hour mark was enough to ensure the hosts maximum points at Roots hall, sending Oldham home pointless.

The opposition

Similarly to Latics, the shots have won one of their opening four National league matches.

Their win came on the road against Boreham Wood whilst they have lost out to Solihull Moors, Chesterfield and Bromley.

Last campaign Aldershot flirted with relegation, finishing in 20th place in the league. However, despite they’re precarious league position, they came nine points above King’s Lynn who occupied the final relegation spot.

Finishing fourth bottom would normally have resulted in relegation but due to their only being 23 teams in the league last year, they stayed up.

In the campaign before, they finished in a much more comfortable 15th place.

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Head-to-Head

Latics are yet to play against the current club that is Aldershot FC but they have played the former club that has since folded, Aldershot FC.

Meetings v Aldershot FC: 16

Latics wins: 7

Aldershot FC wins: 7

Draws: 2

Watch out for

Inih Effiong is one of three players to have scored for the shots and he will be looking to add to his tally when his side make the journey North to Boundary Park.

The 31-year-old forward is a summer signing after he left Aldershot’s rivals Woking following a fairly fruitful season.

He netted 13 times for his former employers, helping them to a 15th placed finish.

He can also boast a decent record at this level of football with Dover Athletic, where he spent two seasons.

His record of 25 goals in 80 games saw him win a transfer to League Two side Stevenage but lack of opportunities soon saw him loaned out to the National League before joining Woking on a permanent deal last summer.

Effiong has been ever present so far for the Shots, playing 90 minutes in each of their games.

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In the dugout

Mark Molesley is the man in the dugout for the visitors.

The 41-year-old has been in place as Shots boss since September 2021.

It is his third permanent posting in management following spells with Weymouth and Southend United whilst also having coaching roles at Bournemouth.

As a player, Molesley represented a wide variety of clubs and had three spells at his current club Aldershot Town.

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Odds

Latics have been made odds on favourites to bounce back following recent defeats and secure maximum points.

John Sherdian’s side are 8/13 whilst the Shots are much less fancied at 15/4.

The draw can be backed at 3/1.

Match officials

The man in the middle is Steven Copeland, and he’ll be assisted by Timothy Walker and Ashley Allen, with Richard Holmes occupying the role of Fourth Official.

How to follow the game

Live audio commentary is available on Latics Player, guiding you through the match.

For more information, visit the Latics Player page by clicking here.

Alternatively, supporters can also follow the game with live updates on the club's official Twitter account: @OfficialOAFC

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