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Big stage will bring out the best in us, says Shots boss Scott

Aldershot Town boss Andy Scott is backing his men to rise to the occasion as they prepare for the trip to champions-elect Luton Town on Saturday in search of three valuable points

Chris Barker is rated as doubtful for the trip to Luton after suffering a calf injury in the 1-0 win over Hyde on Saturday

Upbeat Andy Scott hopes an expected 8,000-plus crowd at Luton Town will inspire his players as Aldershot Town move into a critical phase of their bid to avoid the drop.

The Shots chief was secretly applauding the Hatters at Dartford on Tuesday night (April 1)as John Still’s side overturned a one-goal deficit in the final seven minutes at Princes Park – The Darts staying below Aldershot, a point worse off.

Now it is Scott’s men who face the challenge of taking on the champions-elect at a heaving Kenilworth Road on Saturday (April 5) – the boss relishing the prospect of facing a club who have lost two of their last five following 27 without defeat.

“They are flying high,  scoring a lot of goals and are close to winning the league but beating them can be done,” reflected Scott.

“Strange things happen to a club when they are close to getting over the line. We have to believe that how we play can cause them problems.

“Hopefully everyone is inspired by the huge crowd. We have players who have been in higher divisions and in front of  bigger crowds and we also have younger ones too – this will be a taster for them. They shouldn’t be in awe of it.”

Scott conceded his side will have to be solid defensively against a side who have racked up 90 goals this term.

And he has doubts over two defenders – calf injury victims Chris Barker and Anthony Tonkin – who both left the pitch early against Hyde last time out.

“We are trying to patch them up and see how they go,” added Scott.

“We aren’t going to risk them unduly because we have six games left and mustn’t jeopardise that just for one game.”

Scott revealed this week, without a midweek match, has been a chance to regroup and he said: “The players have had a badly needed rest.

“They’ve looked jaded and we have been able to use this week to recharge the batteries ahead of three difficult away games and the run in.

“We’ve played a lot of football in a short space of time and the pressure is intense, physically and mentally.”

Scott could be forgiven for becoming a Woking fan on Saturday as the Cards – the only team to win at Kenilworth Road this season – visit drop rivals Hereford while Chester host Hyde and Dartford visit Lincoln City.

“First and foremost, we have to focus on our own results,” he insisted.

“Yes, we want our rivals to lose but only if we have won too.

“Nobody else is going to keep us up, we have got to do it ourselves.”

 
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