The English National League believes in making life as easy as possible for teams and their fans, hence why it programs local derbies for the Christmas and New Year period.
English National League supporters love short trips at this busy time of year and punters love the head-to-head form references that its schedule produces. For example, local rivals Aldershot and Woking clashed in English National League action on Boxing Day and the reverse fixture will take place at the home of the latter on New Year’s Day.
Aldershot ended 2016 on a high, thrashing Woking 4-0 in their English National League match on Boxing Day. Former Woking striker Scott Rendell scored a first-half hat-trick and Shamir Fenelon netted in the 10th minute in an English National League game that was all over bar the shouting at the break. Anthony Edgar missed a second-half penalty kick for Woking but the Cards were on the back foot for most of the period as Aldershot wasted several chances to increase its superiority over its English National League neighbour.
Six days on and Aldershot will get the opportunity to frank its English National League form line versus Woking, albeit at a different venue. Marathonbet is offering odds of +177 about Aldershot doing the English National League double over Woking, with some bookmakers favouring the Shots.
Aldershot is eighth on the English National League ladder with a 11-6-9 record. Woking’s 6-6-13 English National League results ranks it 19th in the division and, while the Cards have played one fewer match than Aldershot, they are 15 points adrift of the Shots. Aldershot and Woking have lined up against every other English National League side and, according to one’s collateral form analysis, the Shots boast an 11-6-5 advantage over the Cards, which increases to 12-6-5 if one includes their recent head-to-head encounter.
Woking boss Garry Hill and his players are talking a good game leading into their shot at English National League revenge but the Cards are hovering just above the fifth tier’s relegation zone for good reason. Woking has taken only one point from its six English National League matches versus the teams ranked in the top half dozen and, of the leading nine sides, just Chester has lost to the Cards. And only Southport has conceded more English National League goals than Woking, with the Cards leaking 48 times.
While Woking goalkeeper Brandon Hall committed a major error to allow Rendell to open the scoring for Aldershot on Boxing Day, the Shots ran riot throughout the opening period of the English National League local derby and they were good value for their 4-0 half-time lead. According to several reports of the English National League game, Aldershot looked as though it may score every time that it ventured forward.
One was expecting every English National League bookmaker to install Aldershot as the favourite for its rapid rematch against Woking so odds of +177 are too good to pass up.
Travelling to Woking’s Kingfield Stadium should hold no fear for Aldershot because the Shots have won three of their last four English National League games versus the Cards in enemy territory. And Aldershot sharpshooter Rendell will be itching to silence his former fans in Woking as well.
Aldershot to beat Woking
1st January, 13:00 GMT