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Preview: Aldershot Town

5 October 2012

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Overview –

Chesterfield make the long trip to Hampshire on Saturday in search of their first away win of the season, having picked up just three points from a possible 15 on the road so far this season. The Spireites' nine-game unbeaten run came to a shuddering halt at the Globe Arena on Tuesday evening, as they suffered a 2-0 defeat against Morecambe.

Aldershot, meanwhile, have endured a torrid start to their League Two campaign, having won just one of their previous 10 games after beginning the season with a 2-0 success against Plymouth Argyle. Manager Dean Holsworth has seen his side lose their last three and will be looking for a reaction on Saturday after they surrendered a seemingly unassailable three-goal lead to succumb to a 4-3 defeat against Torquay United at Plainmoor last time out.

Team News –


36-year-old talisman Jack Lester is likely to return to the starting XI after being rested for Tuesday's defeat at the Globe Arena, but former Port Vale hitman Marc Richards remains sidelined with an ankle injury. Danny Whitaker returned to the side after returning from injury in the 1-1 draw with Torquay and he will be in contention to retain his place, but on-loan Blackburn youngster Micah Evans is also pushing for a start after making two appearances from the bench.

Skipper Sam Hird picked up a neck problem after colliding with Shrimps' goalkeeper Barry Roche on Tuesday, but the 25-year-old should be fit enough to lead the Spireites out at The Recreation Ground.

Aldershot Town

Shots boss Dean Holdsworth is likely to shake up his side after they suffered their third successive defeat against Martin Ling's Torquay on Tuesday. Craig Reid's hat-trick was still not enough to inflict The Gulls' first league defeat on home soil, as Rene Howe scored an 89th minute winner as the home side clawed their way back from behind.

Holdsworth will certainly be looking for a reaction from his side and Josh Payne, Alex Rodman, Michael Rankine, veteran Guy Branston, Myles Anderson and Kwesi Appiah will all be vying for a spot. Midfielder Peter Vincenti serves the final game of his three-match ban, while Ross Worner and Craig Stanley remain long-term injuries.

Last Time Out –

Aldershot Town

Torquay United 4-3 Aldershot ( Bodin 48, Jarvis 69, Yeoman 84, Howe 89; Reid 28, 37 (Pen), 47)

Aldershot (4-3-3) - Young; Herd, Lancashire, Branston, Tonkin; Morris, Donnelly, Brown (Appiah 90); Rodman, Reid (Anderson 87), Hylton (Rankine 72).

Unused Subs - Morris, Bradley, Cadogan, Payne.


Morecambe 2-0 Chesterfield (McDonald 45, Alessandra 52)

Chesterfield (4-4-2) - O'Donnell; Forbes, Trotman, Hird (c ), Ridehalgh; Darikwa, Atkinson (Allott 61), Togwell, Whitaker (Evans 61); Talbot, Westcarr (Lester 78).

Unused Subs - Wilson, Clay, Boden, Hazel.

One to Watch -

Craig Reid

26-year-old striker Craig Reid was reunited with former manager Dean Holdsworth when he signed a five-year deal with The Shots in July 2012 and he has a enjoyed prolific start to life at The Rec, banging in six goals in just nine games. Reid began his career with hometown club Coventry City, but moved to Ipswich in 2002 before returning to Highfield Road just two years later.

He was named the Sky Blues' Young Player of the Season in 2004/05 before being loaned to Conference National outfit Tamworth, but was released from the East Midlands club without ever having made one first-team appearance. In 2006, Reid had an unsuccessful trial at Stockport County before also failing to impress north of the border with both Falkirk and Dundee.

In January 2007, Cheltenham Town took a punt on the youngster offering him a monthly contract and after making six appearances in the 2006/07 season The Robins snapped him up on a permanent basis. However, he struggled to adapt to life at Whaddon Road and after scoring just once in 12 appearances the following season, Reid was released.

He was signed by Grays Athletic in the summer of 2008, before finally settling at Newport County a month later where he bagged four times in his first ten appearances. He signed for The Exiles in December 2008 and went on to clinch the Conference South Player of the Month award for September after a scoring spree of seven in five games.

Reid continued his mercurial form, finishing the 2009/10 season as the division's top goalscorer with 24 goals and firing the Welsh side to the title with a record-breaking 103 points. He was also named Conference South Player of the Year and had attracted attention from former employers Coventry and Premier League side Stoke City. Reid's final game for Newport came in January 2011 in a goalless draw with Histon, where he missed an 83rd minute penalty.

After scoring 66 goals in 112 games for Newport, Reid joined Stevenage for a club record signing of £90,000. He struggled to step up to life in League Two, however, scoring just twice in 23 appearances for The Boro but he started in all three of the club's play-off games, including their 1-0 final win at Old Trafford, which saw them promoted to League One.

Reid began the 2011/2012 season on fire, scoring four times in five games but he was ruled out for over four months after sustaining a groin injury. He returned to fire Boro to the play-offs for the second successive season with a 3-0 win against Bury, but defeat to Sheffield United in the semi-finals ended their hopes of back-to-back promotions to the Championship.

During his 18 month stint at Broadhill Way, Reid scored nine times in 57 appearances before linking up with his former boss Holdsworth at Aldershot.

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