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Match Previews

Aldershot Town vs. Latics

28 January 2023

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Match Previews

Aldershot Town vs. Latics

28 January 2023

Latics are looking to build on the midweek success with a trip to Hampshire to take on Aldershot Town.

Last time out, a 2-0 win over York City saw David Unsworth’s men move further away from the relegation zone.

Goals from Josef Yarney and Timmy Abraham ensured Oldham overcame the Minstermen at Boundary Park.

Form Guide

Latics’ opposition come into this fixture on a decent run of form that has seen them go unbeaten in four across all competitions, winning three of these.

It has been a much welcomed return to form for the Shots who had lost the four fixtures prior to this run.

They currently occupy a comfortable 14th place in the National League, six points ahead of Latics. However, Oldham do have three games in on hand on their opponents.

In addition, wins against Welling and Leiston mean that they are still in the FA Trophy. They have been drawn against fellow National League side Dorking Wanderers in the next round of the competition.

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The Shots’ last six

Maidstone United 0-3 Aldershot Town

Bromley 2-2 Aldershot Town

Solihull Moors 1-2 Aldershot Town

Aldershot Town 4-1 Leiston (FA Trophy)

Aldershot Town 0-2 Dagenham and Redbridge

Aldershot Town 0-3 Notts County

Head-to-Head

When the clubs met earlier on this season, there was late drama at Boundary Park.

Dan Gardner had given Latics the lead in the 20th minute but the lead lasted less than 10 minutes with Justin Amaluzor restoring parity.

The game looked to be heading for a draw until Hallam Hope scored a dramatic 95th minute winner for Latics.

It was the first time that Oldham had came up against the current club in Aldershot but this is there record against Aldershot FC prior to the club folding:

Meetings: 16

Latics wins: 7

Aldershot FC wins: 7

Draws: 2

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Watch out for

Inih Effiong will be chomping at the bit following netting a hat-trick in the Shots’ last outing at Maidstone.

That took his tally to 13 for the season, making him the joint fifth top scorer in the division.

He has already matched his total from the whole of last season whilst playing for Woking.

He made the move to Shots in pre-season following a 15th placed finish with Woking.

His other experience at this level came with Dover Athletic. In two seasons on the South coast, he managed a respectable 25 goals in 80 games, winning a move to League Two side Stevenage.

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In the dugout

Ross McNeilly is the man in the dugout for the hosts.

The 38-year old was put in temporary charge at the Recreation Ground following the departure of the previous manager Mark Molesley but five wins in his opening eight games saw him given the job on a more permanent basis till at least the end of the current season.

The 38-year-old boss had been manager of the academy side at Aldershot for almost five years prior to getting the top job.

Odds

Sky Bet have the Shots as favourites, priced at 5/4.

Latics are 9/5 to make it three wins on the bounce for the first time all season. 23/10 is available for the draw.

Match officials

The referee is Gary Parsons, and he’ll be assisted by Conall Bartlett and Alex Bradley, with Joshua Langley-Fineing occupying the role of fourth official.

Match coverage and information

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

As this game is being played within the blocked broadcast hours stipulated by Uefa, live streaming will not be available in the UK.

As always, we will endeavour to ensure confirmation of the line-up is published as soon as possible on social media.

However, supporters should note that team sheets in the National League are not exchanged until an hour before kick-off. This is 15 minutes later than in the EFL and as a result, the line-up is likely to be published slightly later than in previous seasons.


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