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Natalie Kaye - 13th March 2007

7.45pm on Tuesday 13th March 2007
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The Cards visit our Hampshire neighbours for this local derby tonight. The Shots are currently 9th in the league following 2 defeats in their last two games.


Season 2005/06 was disappointing for the Shots after their previous exploits in the Conference National. A devastating catalogue of injuries, added to the newly implemented transfer window, ensured that manager Brown was unable to sign players on a permanent basis throughout the season barring January. In total 47 players represented the first team including 14 loan signings and the balance was never right. One of the highlights was an FA Cup second round appearance at home to Scunthorpe United; the Shots narrowly losing 1-0. The thirteenth position was the first time a lower half of the table position had been experienced. The end of the campaign saw Terry Brown retain seven players including two teenagers in Dave Winfield and Ryan Scott whilst also adding twelve new players to the squad in preparation for this season.


The Shots started the season well. Their form dipped a little mid season, but they have still lost only 4 home games this season, as opposed to 9 away. John Grant is currently the top goal scorer with 11 goals. They have lost their last two games: 2-0 away at Tamworth a week ago and 2-0 again on Saturday, this time at the hands of York City at the Rec. Craig Farrell opening the scoring for the visitors on 25 minutes and Emmanuel Panther made sure of the points with a late strike.


Terry Brown can look to John Grant up front to score goals, along with former loanee Johnny Dixon. Former Halifax striker Grant joined in the summer after scoring 14 goals in 54 appearances. Experienced target man Marcus Gayle also signed from Brentford, following spells with Wimbledon, Watford, and Rangers. Talented left back Darren Barnard and keeper Nikki Bull are players to look out for. Anthony Charles has re-joined on loan for the rest of the season from Barnet.


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? away fans ? are usually allocated part of the East Bank and the adjoining open terrace. Some seats are made available in the South Stand. Signs direct away fans to the away turnstiles (11 & 12) in Redan Road.

? admission prices ? Standing: Adults ?12, Concessions ?7. Seats: Adults ?15, Concessions ?8. Tickets are available in the club shop; 215 seating and 700 terrace.

? colours ? the Shots play in red and blue, so the Cards will be in their away strip

Come on, you Cards!


BY COACH ? why not take it easy and go on the Supporters? Club coach? It leaves Kingfield at 6pm and the cost is ?9 for members and ?13 for non-members. Ring the Club Shop (01483 772470) to book a place.

BY CAR ? head for A322. At Fox Corner take second exit, signposted for Pirbright and Aldershot, and then follow signs for Aldershot on the A324 and then A323.

BY TRAIN ? The nearest train station is Aldershot. The station is less than 10 minutes slow walk from the ground. It is served by mainline train on the London Waterloo to Alton line. This line includes Clapham Junction and Woking mainline stations on all services to Aldershot.
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