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Match Of The Week: Aldershot Town 0-3 Manchester United

Perhaps it is all a matter of perception. For clubs at one end of the spectrum, a home defeat at the hands of a local rival may be enough to start the tabloids gossiping. Supporters of Aldershot Town could be forgiven for shrugging their shoulders at such relative trivialities. They, in March of 1992, lost their club with two months of the season left to play and had to begin again the following season as a new club, in the Ryman League Division Three. It took Aldershot until 2008 to get back into the Football League and they remain in League Two, in a lower mid-table position in the table. For Manchester United supporters lucky to have got themselves tickets for this, a trip to The Recreation Ground is a trip back in time. With a barrel-roofed terrace behind one goal, this is a ground which has changed little in the twenty years since Aldershot FC went to the wall. For all the talk of jangling nerves, however, the gulf between the top of the Premier League and the middle of League Two is so great that Manchester United strolled through this match with the casual insousiance of a wealthy dowager regarding a pauper in the streets. The gulf this evening look as great as it ever has, and this was with Ferguson choosing to play his fringe players....

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Match Of The Midweek: Rotherham United 2-0 Aldershot Town (3-0 Agg)

The Don Valley Stadium, on the Rotherham side of Sheffield, couldn’t be much much less like Millmoor, Rotherham United’s home from 1907 until 2008. Millmoor may have been a little untidy but it was home for The Millers, with a scrap metal yard behind one of the stands beind the goal, the crane from which stood in full view of the pitch, as if Ted Hughes’ “Iron Man” was sneaking a peek every Saturday afternoon. Don Valley, by contrast, feels like an ultra-modern, twenty-first century, multi-sport venue, yet it feels almostĀ  inappropriate for a League Two club to be playing here. The yellow steel piping and tent-like multi-span roofs over the stands give it an almost continental feel, but the running track makes creating an atmosphere difficult. Even this evening, only one stand is full – such are the pitfalls of playing in a 25,000 capacity stadium when your average crowd hovers at around one-sixth of that number. There are a shade over 7,000 here this evening and they’re making quite a racket, but Don Valley is lodgings rather than a home for Rotherham United. They plan to move into a new home of their own in two years’ time. That Rotherham United should be here this evening at all is, in its own small way, a miracle. They have had two spells in administration, the second of which...

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