Date: 20th July 2009 at 2:39pm
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2008 was a memorable year for Aldershot Town and we entered the new year wondering what 2009 would have in-store for our beloved football club.

After losing our unbeaten home record at the end of December Gary Waddock`s men were looking to bounce back as quickly as possible. Unfortunately, adverse weather conditions put paid to that as the first two games of the month, a home tie against Notts County and a trip to Gillingham, were both postponed.

The Shots were finally back in action 20 days after their defeat against Dagenham, and welcomed Macclesfield Town to the Rec. It was a match dominated by the home side as The Shots set about getting their season back on track. However, it was the visitors who took the lead after 20 minutes with a neat finish from Gareth Evans. Despite wave after wave of Aldershot attacks, the Macclesfield defence held firm until stoppage time when Kirk Hudson rescued a point with a sweet effort from 20 yards. It was a good point in the end, but I think all Shots fans were wondering how we didn`t come away with all three.

Three days later, Notts County visited the Recreation Ground. County won 2-1 at Meadow Lane in September after a late winner, so The Shots had revenge on their minds. It took just six minutes for the deadlock to be broken as Ben Harding put the Shots in front. However, Notts County came back into the match and half way through the second half grabbed a deserved equaliser. Ten minutes later, Scott Davies put Aldershot back in front, against the run of play. But the lead only lasted a minute as Notts drew level again. In a reverse of the Macclesfield game, it was the visitors who were left wondering how they didn`t claim all three points as the game finished level at 2-2.

The first away trip of the year was up next, with a trip north to take on high-flying Bury at Gigg Lane. This was a big match for Aldershot and a good chance for us to mount a serious challenge for the play offs. It was the Shots who had the better of the first half and numerous opportunities to take the lead, but it was the Shakers who got their noses in front on 41 minutes, after a mix up in the Shots defence. Another defensive error just minutes later allowed the home side to double their advantage, and it was game over. Bury had the majority of possession in the second half as they were well in control, but Scott Davies pulled one back late on. It wasn`t enough though and Bury held on to claim a 2-1 win.

The Shots were on the road again the following Tuesday, with the short trip to West London to take on eventual champions Brentford at Griffin Park. Aldershot enjoyed some good possession early on, but it was the home side who took the lead after another defensive error inside half an hour. Ten minutes later the Bees had the chance to double their lead from the penalty spot, but were denied by Ruiz in the Shots` goal. However, Brentford were awarded another penalty just 4 minutes later and made no mistake this time as they wrapped up the three points before half time. Jordan Rhodes rounded off a comfortable night for the Bees with a third goal with four minutes remaining.

Aldershot`s awful start to 2009 continued with a first half horror show at home to Rochdale. A shambolic performance saw The Shots concede in the 17th, 23rd, 33rd and 45th minutes as ‘Dale were 4-0 up at half time. The Shots left the field to the sound of boo`s from the displeased home support, but played a lot better in the second half. Goals from Marvin Morgan and Scott Davies added a bit of respectability to the score-line, but it was yet another defeat as The Shots tumbled down the league table.

A disastrous month for Aldershot saw them slip down to 13th in the table and nine points away from the play-offs.