The first ever league meeting between Aldershot and Cheltenham will take place at the Recreation Ground tomorrow, as the Shots’ unbeaten home record goes up against the Robins’ unbeaten away record.
Both sides come into this game having made solid starts to the new season. Aldershot are unbeaten in their last five league matches, picking up three wins and two draws. Cheltenham, on the other hand, are unbeaten in their last four league matches and currently occupy 9th place in the table, just one point behind the Shots.
Last Saturday saw Aldershot Town pick up their second consecutive away win, with a hard fought 2-1 success away at Crewe Alexandra. Cheltenham also had a decent result, picking up a point at home to high flying Rotherham United.
Aldershot Town Team News:
Ben Herd should return to the squad after completing 90 minutes for the reserves in midweek. Dean Parrett should also feature, despite picking up a knock at Crewe last week.
Andy Sandell and Adam Hinshelwood are back in light training, which should give Anthony Straker another start on Saturday.
Player to watch: Scott Donnelly
The midfielder was on the score sheet for the fifth time last week as Aldershot overcame Crewe. It was his free kick that got the Shots on level and he also set up Hudson’s winner. The ex-QPR man is currently Aldershot’s leading goalscorer, and will need to be watched closely this week.
Cheltenham Town Team News:
Striker Justin Richards has passed a fitness test and should be in the squad and Barry Hayles could also feature. Frankie Artus has been ruled out with an ankle injury.
Player to watch: Justin Richards
The striker is Cheltenham’s highest goalscorer, netting three times so far this season. He looks to overcome and injury to be in the starting line up on Saturday and will no doubt want to get on the score sheet again.
Match Facts & Stats
Although this will be the first ever league meeting between the two teams, Cheltenham Town travelled to the Recreation in 1946 to take on Aldershot FC in the first round of the FA Cup. The home side came out on top, winning the tie 4-2.
With both teams starting the season well and Aldershot’s good home record, coupled with Cheltenham’s impressive away form I can see this one ending in a draw. 1-1.
Aldershot Town – Next Three Fixtures
29th Sept – Torquay (A)
3rd Oct – Lincoln (A)
6th Oct – Hereford (A) – JPT
Cheltenham Town – Next Three Fixtures
29th Sept – Shrewsbury (H)
3rd Oct – Notts County (H)
10th Oct – Accrington (A)