Date: 4th September 2009 at 6:30pm
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Aldershot Town will look to build on last Saturday’s win at Grimsby, as Hereford United visit the Recreation Ground, still looking for their first win of the season.

Aldershot currently occupy a play off place after the first five games, picking up maximum points at home and got off the mark on their travels last week with a 2-1 win at Blundell Park. Hereford, on the other hand, are yet to win a game after their relegation from League One. Three draws and two defeats from their opening fixtures sees them currently 20th in the League Two table. However, they knocked League One leaders Charlton out of the Carling Cup and recorded a penalty shoot-out win over Bristol Rovers on Tuesday night, so this will be no easy task for the Shots.

It’ll be the first time the two sides have met since February 2006, when goals from Andy Williams and Stuart Fleetwood gave Hereford a 2-1 win at Edgar Street as they secured a play off place and promotion from the Conference.

Aldershot are yet to pick up a single point against Hereford in league matches since re-forming in 1992, so let’s hope that record ends on Saturday.

Vital Quotes:

Shots boss Gary Waddock has been speaking to ahead of Saturday’s clash. ‘I saw Hereford recently at Portsmouth in the Carling Cup and they are a solid, compact side and have some decent players in the squad. At some stage they are going to record their first league victory of the season and we need to ensure that it is not this weekend. They have been at a higher level and have a new manager in there who will have new ideas.

‘We need to build on our success at Grimsby on Saturday to make that result even more important. We are looking to be consistent. We have picked up some good points but those games have gone now. Confidence is important though and winning matches helps this process and gives you belief. We are always on the front foot at home and with the backing of the crowd we are looking forward to the match.’

He also watched the reserves’ 2-2 draw with QPR on Wednesday, confirming that Anthony Charles completed 90 minutes and commented ‘Anthony is getting closer but he has only had two matches. He missed three weeks in pre-season and is still a way off. We have brought the matches forward and it has been positive to play him but he still needs matches. Bobby Hopkinson also did well and he has settled into the group well and he is certainly one for the future.’

John Grant, who is yet to start a match this season netted twice on Wednesday and told ‘I was pleased to score a couple of goals. It is a patience game for me at the moment because the lads have started the season well. I will have to take the chance when it comes. I have been training hard in pre-season and am fitter. You have to be ready. Doing well in the reserves gives you a chance though.

‘You never know when that opportunity will arrive. The lads have done really well this season. I think we look a lot sounder defensively and we don’t look like a team that will ship goals. Last season I think Bully (Nikki Bull) was over worked whereas this time around the keepers have not been worked so much which means that the lads are adapting to the system that we play well. We must ensure that continues.’

Aldershot Town Team News:

The Shots are likely to be un-changed for the fourth match in a row, with Anthony Charles still not match fit, despite playing 90 minutes for the reserves on Wednesday. Ben Herd, Dean Howell and Lewis Chalmers are all out.

Player to watch: Scott Donnelly

After netting four goals in the last two matches, all eyes will be on Scott Donnelly this weekend as the midfielder looks to build on his impressive start to the campaign.

Hereford United Team News:

Hereford will be without Jonny Godsmark as he recovers from a broken hand, while Darren Dennehy and Craig Jones are also unlikely to feature for The Bulls, just four days after their penalty shoot-out win against Bristol Rovers in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.

Player to watch: Marc Pugh

After a loan spell towards the end of last season, Marc Pugh joined on a permanent basis in June 2009 after being released by Shrewsbury. The Lancastrian striker has scored three times in as many appearances and leads the Hereford goal-scoring charts.

Match Facts & Stats

Since re-forming in 1992 Aldershot have played Hereford eight times, six times in the Conference and also in a two-legged play off semi-final in 2004. Hereford have had by far the better of the matches, recording six wins from six, as well as two draws in the play-offs which Aldershot won 4-2 on penalties in-front of over 7,000 fans at Edgar Street.

This will be the first ever meeting between Aldershot Town and Hereford in the Football League, however, Aldershot FC played the Bulls 32 times between 1956 and 1991, with Aldershot picking up 12 wins to Hereford’s 15 – 5 meetings between the two clubs were drawn.

Match Prediction:

Aldershot’s three league wins so far have come against the bottom three teams in the league, while Hereford are yet to win at all. However, Hereford have had some very good cup results and will provide a stiff test for the Shots as they look to keep hold of their 100% home record.

I think this one’s too close to call and will sit on the fence; 1-1.

Next Fixtures:

Aldershot Town – Next three fixtures.
Port Vale (H)
Crewe Alexandra (A)
Cheltenham Town (H)

Hereford United – Next three fixtures.
Grimsby Town (A)
Accrington Stanley (H)
Rochdale (A)