Aldershot Town vs Chesterfield

By Mike Wray
Last updated : 19 November 2010

Top of the table Chesterfield ride into town on Saturday afternoon to face The Shots for only the fifth time in the clubs history, and while Kevin Dillon will be looking to continue the clubs fine record over their Derbyshire visitors, he is more than aware about the tricky task that lies ahead.

"I'm not surprised that Chesterfield are at the top of the league," he told The Shots Online.

"They were a good team last year and we were fortunate to beat them at our place and I thought we played excellent away at their old stadium but it must be great and a new lease of life for them at their new stadium ' apparently the pitch is supposed to be one of the best in the league which is unusual for a first season and he seems to have an abundance of players and a lot of options up front as well and they've scored a lot of goals.

"I defiantly think they'll be in the top seven without a shadow of a doubt, top three possibly and if you were a betting man, you'd probably have a bet on them to go up."

With just one point gained from the last twelve, the road ahead looks daunting to say the least, but Dillon's men will draw comfort that they can compete with the better teams having beaten Brentford on Tuesday evening and in doing so, didn't look out of place. Chesterfield however will be another matter ' John Sheridan's men go in to the match in top position in League Two with 32 points from 16 games - 13 points ahead of The Shots who are down in 14th place from the same amount of games.

The only former Chesterfield player in the current Shots squad is striker Wade Small. Wade made 29 appearances for the Spireites - which included two against The Shots, between August 2009 and May 2010 before joining the club ahead of the current campaign.

Chesterfield boast former Shots Dean Morgan in their current squad. Dean made 11 appearances for The Shots at the end of last season, scoring 4 times which included the last minute wonder goal against Cheltenham Town and one against Lincoln City which helped secure the club's place in the play off semi finals.

Shots team news

The Shots will be looking to push on from Tuesday's victory over League One side Brentford and with a difficult month ahead, it could yet prove to be a critical time of the season.

Speaking after Tuesday's FA Cup victory, Jermaine McGlashan said: "At this level it's key to be consistent and the next few weeks we've got some big games and while it's nice to have a good cup run, the league is the priority and it would be good to get a win against Chesterfield.

"We're on a high going in to the game and we've got a good squad of players and there is a great togetherness but we want to make sure we stay focused and keep grounded so we can do well on Saturday."

Captain Anthony Charles remains absent [hamstring] while striker Damian Spencer [knee ligament] have now been joined by midfielder John Halls who has picked up yet another groin injury.

Glen Little may only play a bit-part having played 70-minutes against the Bees and with Tuesday's away trip against Burton Albion also in the back of the mind, Dillon will want to give the 35-year old time to recover from the stresses of recent games.

Shots from: Jamie Young, Ben Herd, Anthony Straker, Darren Jones, Glen Little, Jamie Vincent, Ben Harding, Luke Guttridge, Danny Hylton, Manny Panther, Jermaine McGlashan, Wade Small, Jack Randall, Marlon Jackson and Clayton Fortune.

The opposition

Striker and current npower Player of the Month Craig Davies will be looking to continue
The visitor are without striker Derek Niven who is suspended having been sent off last Saturday but former Shot Dean Morgan is expected to be available after a slight injury as is fellow striker Gregor Robertson and midfielder Ian Morris.

The Spireites from: Tommy Lee, Mark Crossley, Shane Redmond, Kelvin Lomax, Jamie Lowry, Robert Page, Simon Ford, Mark Allott, Craig Davies, Danny Whitaker, Dwayne Mattis, Scott Griffith, Jack Lester, Aaron Downes, Ian Breckin, Dean Morgan, Ian Morris, Scott Boden, Deane Smalley, Jack Hunt, Drew Talbot, Ryan Granger, Jimmy Adcock and Chris Tingay.

  • You can visit the official Chesterfield website here.

Taking charge

Grant Hegley will be taking charge of the match and he will be assisted by Philip Knight and John O'Brian. Richard Martin is the fourth official.

Weather forecast

The BBC Weather forecast for the match is given as white cloud with highs of 8°C.

Ticket news

Tickets for the match are set at:
Adult seats: £19, terrace: £17.
Concession (Over 60s, Military and students (both on production of ID cards only) seats: £15, terrace: £13.
Under 16s seats: £8, terrace £6.

For information on Family and Disabled ticket prices, please click here.

The match is not all-ticket and supporters can pay on the turnstiles on the day.

There are also 39 Premium Seating tickets available for the match at  cost of just £39 + VAT each. Please click here to find out more.

Hospitality Tickets are also available for the match at a cost of £60 + VAT each. To find out more, call Nicky Banger on 07717 828 803, email him at nicky@theshots.co.uk or read more here.

Other news

 

  • BBC Radio Surrey
    Supporters unable to make the match will be able to tune in to BBC Radio Surrey (on 104.6FM) to hear coverage of the match which is being brought to you live from Gavin Denison and Aldershot Town Media Manager Steve Gibbs.

Supporters are reminded that there is NO internet coverage of the match.

 

  • Shots Milestone's
    If selected to play, Shots striker Marvin Morgan will make his 100th appearance for the club, while Anthony Straker will notch up his 150th.

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