Aldershot Town chairman Shahid Azeem admits he had a few sleepless nights over losing prized asset Brett Williams on transfer deadline day – but has revealed that there was no call for any frantic 11th-hour activity at the Electrical Services Stadium on Monday.
Williams, 27, has become one of Non-League football’s most sought-after strikers after following up his 28 goals for the Shots last season with another five already this term.
But the timely nature of his brace which put paid to Grimsby Town on Saturday led to concerns that Williams may have forced the hand of one of his potential suitors as the August transfer deadline reached its conclusion.
Thankfully though, according to Aldershot Town chairman Shahid Azeem, the phone remained silent, while manager Andy Scott resisted any temptation to further strengthen his already settled squad.
Mr Azeem told the News & Mail: “Personally, I was worried, yes, because you don’t want to lose your top goalscorer.
“When Brett scored those two goals on Saturday I admit my thoughts did turn to the transfer window and whether someone would put a late bid in to give us a decision to make. Fortunately no-one did.
“There’s a great camaraderie in the dressing room and losing a key player like that can really unsettle a squad. Andy has pieced together a team that are gelling really well and we didn’t want anything to change.
“We had no offers for any of our players nor did we want anyone, we are pretty content.”
With his playing squad safety in tact, Shots boss Scott can now prepare for an extremely tough week in the Vanarama Conference which sees the Shots make the long trip up to high-flying FC Halifax Town on Saturday followed by the eagerly-awaited visit of Woking on Tuesday night.
Ex-Woking man Williams scored in both matches against his former club last season as the Shots completed a memorable double against their Surrey rivals – notably the 2-1 victory at Kingfield in April which helped seal their survival in the Conference Premier.
But it’s not just Williams who will be looking to put one over his former employers on Tuesday night, Mr Azeem himself is keen to earn bragging rights over the club he chaired in 2009-10.
“I think we’re in for a really good game,” added Mr Azeem, pictured (inset) with club legend Paul Shrubb after they completed the Ice Bucket Challenge at the weekend.
“Woking have gone nine matches unbeaten away from home, which is a club record for them, so they come here high in confidence and looking for a bit of revenge after what happened at Kingfield in April.
“Both teams are playing very well at the moment and deservedly in the top half of the table, so hopefully it'll be a really good game and attract a nice big crowd.
“I live and work in Woking and have a lot of friends still connected with the club. I wish them all the best – apart from the two matches against us that is.”