PAST TIMES: Aldershot

Last updated : 06 May 2014 By Jaybee

Barnet have met Aldershot Town, and the club’s predecessor, Aldershot FC, on 13 occasions, seven times in the league, once in the Autoglass Trophy and five times in the Conference. Barnet have won 7 matches, Aldershot have won 4 and two hae been drawn with the Bees scoring a total of 24 goals and conceding 18.

The first time these two clubs met was in November 1991 when Barnet won an Autoglass Trophy Preliminary Round match 3-0 at Underhill with goals from Mark Carter, Roger Willis and Nicky Evans. Just over two months later, the two sides met at the Recreation Ground in a division Four match and Barnet won 1-0, the only goal of the game scored by Carl Hoddle, a wonder strike from 35 yards out. In the return at Underhill, in March, Barnet won 5-0, with two goals from Gary Bull, but Aldershot FC went bust before the end of the season and the records were expunged with Barnet losing all four points.

The next time the two clubs met was in the Nationwide Conference in September 2003, when Aldershot Town came to Underhill, having fought their way up through the lower leagues. Barnet took the lead in the 4th minute with a Ben Strevens goal, Barnet went 2-0 just on the hour through Giuliano Grazioli and held on to win despite a late Tim Sills goal for the Shots. The Barnet side that day was, Forde; Rooney, Plummer, Maddix, Yakubu; Strevens, Gamble, Hogg, Williams; Grazioli, Beadle (Taggart). Aldershot’s side included prolific ex Peterborough goalscorer, Aaron McLean now with Hull City.

In the return at the Recreation Ground, the following February, the two sides drew 1-1 with Jude Sterling, also now with Peterborough, grabbing Aldershot a point after the Bees’ debut boy, Matt Redmile, signed from Scarborough, had put the Bees ahead in the first half with a header from Joe Gamble’s corner.

The following season saw one of the classic games of Barnet’s Conference winning season when the two sides met at Aldershot. Grazioli gave the Bees an early lead converting a Liam Hatch header, but Johnny Dixon equalised for the Shots on 15 minutes. Barnet regained the lead in the second half following a wonderful goal from Richard Graham, when he cut in from the wing on a mazy run and then slotted the ball calmly past Nikki Bull in the Shots goal. Nine minutes later and the score was 2-2 when Dixon made it 2-2, but the Bees grabbed all three points when Bull could only punch the ball clear under pressure from Dwane Lee and Simon King smashed the ball home from the edge of the penalty area to make the score 3-2. The day was made even better when news filtered through that Carlisle had lost to York and Barnet had gone 7 points clear. The Barnet team was, Tynan; Hendon, Yakubu, King, Clist; Strevens, Sinclair, Lee, Graham; Grazioli, Hatch.

In the return at Underhill at the end of February, Barnet were 12 points clear but had lost twice in a row to Hereford and Accrington and needed a win to settle their nerves. Goals from Giuliano Grazioli and Ben Strevens gave the Bees a 2-1 win, despite Barnet going down to 10 men following the sending off of Dean Sinclair. Barnet, of course, went on to win the Conference by 12 points.

On Boxing Day 2008, Aldershot beat Barnet for the first time, winning 3-0 at Underhill with Barnet giving, perhaps, their worst performance of the season. Former Bee, Anthony Charles scored for the Shots, their other goals coming from Danny Hylton and Scott Davies. After the match, Paul Fairclough announced that he was standing down after over 4 years as manager of Barnet and Ian Hendon took over as manager following the next game which was at Bournemouth.

The following Easter, the two sides met at Aldershot and played out a 1-1 draw. Barnet had just made sure of League Two safety the previous weekend. Michael Leary scored what turned out to be his last goal for the Bees.

On Boxing Day 2009, Aldershot ran out easy 4-0 winners at the Recreation Ground after another poor performance by the Bees. It was the first time that Barnet had lost at Aldershot. However, in the return fixture at Underhill, in February, Barnet turned the tables on the Shots winning 3-0 with two goals from John O'Flynn and one from Micah Hyde.

In 2010/11, theo sides met at Underhill on New Years' Day and it was a very disappointing performance from the Bees as Aldershot won 2-1. Izale McLeod scored Barnet's goal. After the game, manager, Mark Stimson had his contract terminated.

In the original return fixture in January, at the Recreation Ground, Mark Marshall gave the Bees the lead with a stunning strike from long range before the home side equalised. The score was 1-1 at half time when the referee abandoned the game because of severe conditions caused by heavy fog and Marshall’s goal was, sadly, struck from the records.

In the replayed fixture, the Shots won 2-1, Izale McLeod scoring for the Bees.

In 2011/12, Steve Kabba and Ricky Holmes scored in a 2-1 win for the Bees at Underhill, while in the return, Aldershot crushed the Bees 4-1, Charlie Taylor scoring for Barnet.

Last season, Aldershot completed the double over Bees winning 1-0 home and away. In the game at Underhill, Jon Nurse was sent off for the Bees and a perfectly good goal by Jake Hyde disallowed, a decision which could have been said, ultimately, cost the Bees their league status.

Early last season, the two clubs fought out a 3-3 draw at Aldershot, Barnet coming from 3-1 down to grab a point. Barnet's goals came from Curtis Weston, Harry Crawford and Marciano Mengerink.

The return fixture at the Hive was the first game of the post Edgar Davids' era and Paul Fairclough stepped up again as caretaker manager for this game. The result was a very poor display as the Bees lost 3-1 to a struggling Aldershot side with only a terrific strike from Mauro Vilhete just before half time to cheer up the home fans.