Monday, 8 September 2008

Aldershot #3 - Less Palatable Fayre

I had a vague recollection of our last visit to the Recreation Ground in March 1991 - a re-arranged fixture after a Boxing Day cancellation - when we won 3-1 with goals from Gray (2) and Borthwick.

I do like this ground - it's just a few minutes walk from the railway station and although it only has three sides, there was a good atmosphere with both home and away fans standing in the East Bank.

It was also quite pleasant being able to stand on a small terrace between the away stand and the away seats in the South Stand - all very civilised and a reminder of just how regimented we are in new stadia.

It reminded me of Feethams in many ways...the only downside is the lack of decent pubs (by DAFTS standards) in the vicinity.

And it's just as well the ground had some features of interest because the football certainly left a lot to be desired. It only took a few minutes for last week's result to be forgotten as we defended poorly and conceded an early goal. In fact we were lucky to concede just the two goals in the first-half which saw us under pressure for the first 30 mins.

Thankfully a Hulbert goal on the stroke of half-time was just what we needed and gave us some hope.

The second-half saw a vastly improved performance from the Quakers as we pushed the Shots back in their own half for most of the half. Unfortunately our finishing was wayward - so much for Penney's encouragement for the players to shoot more often.

There was a lot of huffing and puffing but we ran finally out of time and it was a more reflective set of Darlo fans wending their way home this weekend...

Not quite so happy this week

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