SATURDAY was a no-win affair for George Borg, but he went home safe in the knowledge the stick could have been a lot, lot worse.
Borg was the last to appear as Billericay belately ran out onto the pitch, and he soon received a chorus of boos from his once loyal following in the North Stand before shaking hands with his successor Terry Brown.
Seemingly oblivious to the criticism, Borg took his place in his old dug-out and wasn't seen on his feet until the fourth minute when Karl Ready and Lee Williams clashed right in front of him.
From that moment on, Borg was his usual vociferous self, leaping to his feet on a number of occasions to the annoyance of Shots fans seated behind him.
The East Bank directed their chants to roaring on their team of ten men, and it wasn't until late in the second half that Borg became centre of attention, this time to cruel jibes about Mark Pye and THAT incident at Harrow.
It seemed as though the referee's performance had overshadowed Borg's return as far as criticism went, and once the final whistle went, Borg could force a wry smile.
Handshakes with Brown and Borg's former assistant Stuart Cash followed before Borg clapped the fans who have given him stick.
Afterwards, he commented: "I was disappointed that supporters sung about Mark Pye, but in general, it was only a very small number and others get brainwashed. It doesn't take away from the fact that I was very successful for this club.
"I don't hold any grudges, I've said my bit and people won't hear from me again. I still have a lot of respect for the majority of Aldershot fans, that's why I clapped them."