Following last weekend’s superb 2-1 win at Dover, the BT Sport cameras will be rolling into town tomorrow ahead of the visit of Aldershot. For Gary Johnson’s men, it represents a fantastic opportunity to show the watching nation what the team is capable of.

Who’s The Boss?

Danny Searle joined the Shots in May 2019 after spending the second half of the 2018/19 season in charge of Braintree Town. Having joined Braintree in 2018 as Assistant Manager to Hakan Heyrettin, he took over as First Team Manager when Heyrettin left to join Maidstone in January 2019. In his short tenure in charge of the Ironsaw an upturn in form, however it wasn’t enough to keep them in the division as they finished in the relegation places along with the Shots.

How Have They Been Doing?

After taking a first-minute lead in their last game against Halifax, George Fowler’s equaliser was cancelled out by an 82nd minute equaliser. They currently reside in 19th place, with one win and one draw in their first five matches.

Player To Watch

Experienced striker Shamir Mullings signed for The Shots on the eve of the new season, following a successful trial period with the club over the summer. Having began his career at Southend United, Mullings enjoyed his most prolific spell with Chelmsford during the 2016/17 season, as he notched 12 goals in 18 games. After featuring for Maidstone and Dagenham in the National League last season, Shots fans will be hoping the tall frontman is able to hit the goal trail once again/

Played For Both

A number of players have represented both sides, including Damon Lathrope, Joe Oastler and Scott Rendell. Tim Sills though, is probably the most prominent name of recent times, with his goals propelling Aldershot to the Conference Play-Off Final, before going one step further for United, as he scored in the 2-0 victory over Cambridge at Wembley in 2009.

Previous Encounters

In an otherwise forgettable season, the two sides fought out a seven goal thriller under the floodlights in October 2012. A Reid hat-trick saw The Shots race into a 3-0 lead early in the second half, however a stirring fightback, with goals from Bodin, Jarvis, Yeoman and Howe, saw United fightback to claim an astonishing fightback.

TUFC v Aldershot | Plainmoor, TQ1 3PS | 24/08/2019 5.20pm

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