The Bees face Aldershot Town on Saturday afternoon at The Hive as they look to return to form.
After an impressive couple of months for Dean Brennan’s team, The Bees have suffered a small dip in form and will need The Hive to be buzzing in order to pick up a valuable 3 points.
Aldershot also head into the game having not won in 3 matches; Ross McNeilly’s team will be in search of a vital 3 points as they seek to climb further away from the relegation zone.
The two sides have met each other a total of 19 times, with both sides winning 8 times and the remaining 3 ending in the teams sharing the spoils.
Nickname: The Shots
Ground: Recreation Ground
Manager: Ross McNeilly
Top Scorer: Justin Amaluzor (8)
Recent Result: Dagenham & Redbridge 2 -1 Aldershot Town
One to watch: Justin Amaluzor
Amaluzor plays predominantly on the right wing for The Shots and has proven himself to be clinical cutting in from the flank.
Having scored 8 goals in 31 appearances for his side so far this season, the London-born man is the top scorer for the Shots.
The 26-year-old has also contributed towards 17% of his side’s total goals for the season.
Amaluzor played for the Bees from 2015 to 2018 and made a total of 28 appearances. In those 28 matches, he scored just once. Since his departure from the Hive, the winger has played against the Bees 3 times and has won all 3 match-ups, scoring just once.
In the dugout: Ross McNielly
McNielly’s managerial career began in 2010/11 with Sunderland. The Englishman took charge of the North-Eastern side’s youth team and was there for 2 and a half years before taking a break from coaching.
After over 2 years away from coaching, the 39-year-old made a return with Woking. In a similar role to that of when he was at Sunderland, McNielly was appointed as a youth coach at the club. The coach was with Woking for nearly 3 years before once again taking a break from football.
In 2018 McNielly headed to Aldershot town as a manager of the club’s Under 19 team before being made caretaker manager of the first team in 2022. On December 5th 2022 McNielly was officially appointed as head coach of Aldershot Town.
Since his appointment he has taken charge of 17 games, averaging 1.06 points per game.