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Let's not gloat, Shots chairman Azeem asks fans

Aldershot Town chairman Shahid Azeem has asked partying home fans to show respect to visitors Hereford United on Saturday

Aldershot Town chairman Shahid Azeem celebrates victory with the players and coaches in the Woking dressing room on Monday

Proud but sporting Aldershot Town chairman Shahid Azeem has made a heartfelt plea to partying home fans to show respect to cash-strapped visitors Hereford United on Saturday.

Andy Scott's men need to avoid an impropable 14-0 defeat by the Bulls to secure their Skrill Premier safety, while the visitors, expected to be roared on by around 2,000 fans at the ESS Stadium, must rack up that massive win and hope that Chester lose at home to Salisbury City.

But it is not just their fate on the pitch that the Bulls will be fighting to protect at the ESS Stadium on Saturday, with a number of financial problems throwing the club's future into doubt - a position Azeem knows all too well.

“We’ve been in the exact same situation as Hereford and it’s not a nice position to be," he told the News & Mail.

“With strong military links in both towns, Hereford is like a twin club to us and it’s important that we show respect and not gloat on the misfortune of others.”

Azeem enjoyed a very happy Easter at Kingfield on Monday when a 2-1 victory over Woking took Aldershot Town to the brink of survival in the back yard of the club he once chaired.

"It was a fantastic day for the club," Azeem said.

"No-one wants to celebrate avoiding relegation but given the circumstances of not even having a club at one point last summer, it's such an achievement and I'm so very proud of that."

Kick-off against Hereford on Saturday is at 5.30pm.

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