Match preview: Aldershot Town vs Bromley – FA Trophy

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The Ravens will travel to Aldershot Town this afternoon looking to make it to the fifth round of the FA Trophy.

The Last Game

The Ravens returned to winning ways with a 2-1 win at home to Solihull Moors. 

Two first half goals from new signing Scott Wagstaff and Michael Cheek respectively saw Bromley pick up a 12th league win of the season.

Read our match report here.

The Opposition 

Aldershot Town sit 17th in the National League on 25 points from 23 matches.

Their top scorers are Alfie Whittingham and Lewis Kinsella (following the departure of Corie Andrews) with both players picking up three goals during this campaign.

The Shots were relegated to the National League after finishing bottom of League Two in the 2012/13 season.

They have remained in the National League ever since, narrowly surviving relegation on multiple occasions, as well as recording a play-off finish in consecutive seasons, 2016/17 and 2017/18. 

In the previous round, the Shots beat Kingstonian 2-1 at the EBB Stadium last month.

The Opposition Manager

The Aldershot manager is Mark Molesley who was appointed on 20th September 2021. 

He has guided the Hampshire based side to 17th place at this point of the National League season, as well as a place in the fourth round proper of the FA Trophy.

Molesley has managed 18 competitive fixtures with Aldershot, achieving seven wins in all competitions.

The 40-year-old has previously managed Weymouth, where he oversaw promotion to the National League in the 2019-20 season after a National League South play-off final victory over Dartford, and Southend, where he was sacked after the club were sat in 23rd in League Two.

During his playing career, Molesley played as a midfielder. He featured for Hayes and Yeading, Cambridge City, Aldershot Town, Stevenage Borough, Grays Athletic, Bournemouth, Plymouth Argyle, Exeter City and Weymouth. He also made four appearances for the England C team. 

The Previous Meeting

The last meeting between Bromley and Aldershot was an entertaining one, with the Ravens running out 3-2 winners at the EBB Stadium on the 23rd of October 2021.

The Shots opened the scoring with a Mikael Ndjoli strike on the fourth minute mark. 

The Ravens responded five minutes later with a George Alexander goal to bring Bromley level. 

As the game went into the 25th minute, Lewis Kinsella scored from distance giving the hosts a 2-1 lead. 

In the 32nd minute, a Luke Coulson corner was whipped in and Aldershot ‘keeper Mitch Walker spilt the ball into his own net bringing the Ravens back on level terms for the second time.

The game was won in the 65th minute through a Michael Cheek penalty after a handball in the Aldershot box.

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