If Aldershot are to mount a bid for promotion, then Terry Myles thinks it will be down to Wade Small.
Shots looking short of promotion contention
Unpredictable seems to be the name of the game for Aldershot nowadays, and as winter bites and we head into Christmas we all wonder where our season is heading.
Watching the Shots recently is not easy, in Kevin Dillon's first year we have had wholesale changes to the playing staff, a change of style and in all honesty no progress.
Under Gary Waddock we played with a slightly cavalier attitude, a smile on our faces and for the supporters whether we won or lost we were safe in the knowledge that we tried to play football and the players had given 100% for the cause. Currently we are unpredictable and if you have to nail your colours to the mast at this time you would think that we are likely to be a mid table side rather than promotion contenders.
In the Cup we gained a very creditable draw at Brentford and then after scoring early in the replay at the Rec we held on for a tremendous win. In the second round, up against non-league Dover, and a place in the third round seemingly there for the taking, we were outplayed by a team who probably had the usual assortment of Postmen, Teachers, Ferry Captains and Duty Free shop workers.
Knowing we can now concentrate on the league was no consolation and I think for fans and players alike the season will take something good to restore some belief.
Our league form is to say the least patchy, four points from four games. Three were away, a good draw at Hereford followed by a disappointing defeat at clearly beatable Macclesfield, the highlight was a win at Burton made even more sweet because we got hammered 6-1 in the same fixture last year.
Our only recent home game was a 2-0 defeat by high flying Chesterfield, if we are serious contenders for at least the play offs then we must be able to compete at home with the top seven, as it was on the day we were well beaten by a team who looked sharper and more alarmingly hungrier for the points.
If there was a ray of hope then it was the form of Wade Small, a class player with a clear pedigree, a proven goalscorer, Wade has scored our last five goals and could be the player who if he can score regularly may mean that we end the season in contention for promotion rather than mid table or worse. His career has been injury prone but has always been a goalscorer and if he stays fit may fulfil his obvious potential.
The Shots need to put together a run, just one clean sheet and only ten goals scored in our last ten games we need to improve in all departments to become serious promotion challengers. Now we have postponed games to contend with now winter is here, gaining some momentum is not going to be easy.