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City will look to put the disappointment of an insipid (in the first half at least) display for the TV cameras against Torquay with an improved performance against Aldershot on Saturday. Paul Tisdale’s selection raised a few eyebrows, not least leaving 16-goal top scorer Jamie Cureton on the bench. Cureton will hope to start on Saturday, while Guillem Bauza’s performance on Monday will have put him into contention too. Mark Molesley made his debut and will be expecting to keep his place.

After a five-match unbeaten run, Aldershot have lost their last two games, including a heartbreaking 95th minute defeat in the FA Cup to Middlesbrough, and remain deep in relegation dogfight territory in 21st place. Manager Dean Holdsworth will be hoping Danny Hylton finally transfers his FA Cup form to the everyday stuff of the league – he has 9 goals this season but 8 of them came in the cup! City will also be wary of one-time transfer target Craig Reid with 9 goals and Stevenage loanee Dani Lopez, who has 6 goals from midfield.

The reverse fixture in August saw City finally exorcise a major hoodoo in recording their first victory at The Rec since the new Aldershot Town emerged out of the ashes of the former Aldershot club. The Shots gained a modicum of revenge with a penalty shootout win at the Park after an uninspiring 0-0 draw in the JPT, but that is the closest they have come to recording a victory. They did, however, come very close the last time they visited City in the league. Coming back from a first half Marcus Stewart strike through goals from Jake Robinson and Ben Harding, they were defeated in the dying stages by an own goal from Harding and a Neil Saunders free kick.

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