Aldershot Town: Ben Herd calls for unity in relegation fight

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Aldershot not giving up hope - Herd

Aldershot Town captain Ben Herd has called on his team-mates to forget their own futures in order to save the club from relegation from League Two.

The Shots have to win on Saturday to keep their hopes of staying up alive.

He told BBC South Today: "The history and survival of the football club is more important than any player.

"You have to concentrate on the club that pays your wages. You are secondary to that. I haven't thought about my own future at all."

The 27-year-old added: "It has been solely about keeping the club in the Football League."

Aldershot are currently bottom of the table, four points from safety.

Even victory at home to Dagenham & Redbridge on Saturday may not be enough to take their relegation fight to the last day.

The Shots, who won promotion from the Football Conference in 2007, could be consigned to a return to non-league football this weekend should other results go against them.

"The time for thinking about things and any permutations that could happen are out of the window now," Herd said.

"We have to win game to give ourselves half a chance going into the last game of the season.

"It's very clear cut and black and white. If we don't win we are relegated.

"If we do win we take it to the last game of the seasons, depending on results.

"Until it is mathematically impossible to survive you never give up hope.

"Funnier things have happened in the past. You remember Jimmy Glass famously in the last minute of the last game of season keeping Carlisle up.

"It is a tall order and not in our hands but there are a few teams still in there."

The Shots dropped into the bottom two in the middle of last March and missed the chance to close the gap to safety when they lost their game in hand to Southend on Tuesday.

"I brought myself to look at the league table for the first time in a couple of weeks," the right-back said.

"Sometimes you get those red letters through your door and you don't want to open them because it is a bill.

"It's probably the same with looking at the league table. You don't want to admit to yourself how bad it is.

"It breaks your heart to be in the position we are in at the minute. We do feel the pain and the hurt.

"We never envisaged this at the beginning of the season. Hopefully we will still be in there vying to stay up."