Connolly Aiming For Shots Test

The 19-year-old striker has scored 12 goals in an impressive loan spell at Farnborough this season, including a hat-trick in Saturday’s 4-0 home success over Boreham Wood.

In contrast, the Shots have struggled to find the net of late, scoring just once in their last eight matches, prompting boss Dean Holdsworth to recall Connolly from his loan spell, starting on Monday.

And confident Connolly believes the experience gained from playing and scoring regularly in Blue Square South can be transferred onto the bigger stage.

“It’s a win-win situation for me,” Connolly told Jon Couch from the Aldershot News. “Obviously it would be great to go back to Aldershot and get my chance, but equally it’s nice to playing regularly here and scoring goals so either way I’m happy.

“The experience of playing here at Farnborough has been invaluable to me and although I know the pace of the game and the physical side of League Two will be a bit different, I’m confident I can do a job when I go back.

“It’s not been good watching Aldershot lose and struggle to score these last few weeks but it's good to get my chance to show what I can do, hopefully I can take it.”

Holdsworth said of his returning striker: “I sent him out on loan to improve and that’s what he’s done. He knows where the net is and that’s what we need at the moment.”