Match preview: Aldershot Town (h)

The Spireites welcome play-off hopefuls Aldershot Town to the SMH Group Stadium in their last home game of 2023.

They are hoping to keep their eight-point lead over second-place Bromley going into Christmas Day.

Here’s everything you need to know…

Match Details

Date: Saturday, December 23, 2023

Opponents: Aldershot Town

Kick-off: 3pm

Competition: Vanarama National League

Location: SMH Group Stadium


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The Opposition

Name: Aldershot Town Football Club

Nickname: The Shots

Founded: 1992

Stadium: The EBB Stadium

Capacity: 7,100

Manager: Tommy Widdrington


Conference Champions | 2007/.08

Isthmian League Premier Division Champions | 2002/03

Isthmian League Division One Champions | 1997/98

Isthmian League Division Three Champions | 1992/93

Conference League Cup | 2007/08

On Tommy Widdrington

Tommy Widdrington started his managerial career in 2010 after a successful playing career with stints at Southampton, Grimsby Town and Hartlepool United. The former midfielder took charge of Sailsbury City, Hemel Hempstead Town and Eastbourne Borough before taking a couple of years out of management. In 2021, Widdrington joined King’s Lynn Town as manager but couldn’t stop the Linnets from slipping into the National League North. Two years later, with King’s Lynn on the cusp of promotion, he made the choice to join Aldershot Town – who were close to the relegation zone. The 52-year-old kept that Shots in the National League and has fired the side towards the play-offs this season. Widdrington was named National League Manager of the Month for November 2023.

One to watch

Joining from Sudbury in July 2023, Josh Stokes was coined as one to watch in a revitalised Aldershot Town side. The attacking midfielder has been one of the most exciting players in the National League with the 19-year-old attracting attention from various EFL clubs in the upcoming January transfer window. Stokes also scored in the reverse fixture with Aldershot falling to a 4-3 defeat.

This season in numbers:

Appearances – 26

Goals – 14

Assist – 2

Yellow Cards – 7

Red Cards – 0

Minutes Played – 2,156

Played for both

Whilst at Brentford, Manny Oyeleke went out on loan to Aldershot Town on three separate occasions between 2013-2015.  The midfielder made over 50 appearances before joining rivals Woking on loan. A permanent move to Exeter City followed. Oyeleke once again joined the Shots in 2016, becoming a fan favourite. When his time at the EBB Stadium was up, he had made over 100 appearances for the club.

In April 2021, after a stint at Port Vale, Oyeleke dropped a division to join Chesterfield. He became a focal point of the midfield as the Spireites continued their resurgence. Unfortunately, the 30-year-old struggled with injury and didn’t play a game for over a year before leaving the club. In the summer of 2023, Oyeleke re-joined fellow National League side Woking.

View from the dugout

Danny Webb said: “They’re a team that are having a really good season. I’ve played for Tommy Widdrington many moons ago and he’s a good manager.

“He’ll certainly be pumping them up for this fixture. He, in particular, will give them every possible belief in themselves.”