Sunday, October 31, 2010

Preview: Bulls vs Aldershot

The Bulls entertain Aldershot on Tuesday night looking for their first home win of the season.

The two sides are paired in the same division for the fifth time in eight years since the reformed Aldershot gained a Conference place in 2003. Last term the two sides met three times, with a Johnstones Paint match thrown in for good measure. The Bulls scored twice in all three games, with a 2-0 League win at Edgar Street following up a penalty JPT win after a 2-2 draw. That came a month after the Bulls surrendered a two goal lead at the Recreation Ground with just four minutes left to end up with a 2-2 draw. Over 90 minutes the Shots haven't beaten the Bulls since their reformation, with 'only' that Conference play-off defeat on penalties to their credit over the 11 games played so far.

The Bulls have recorded three wins on the road, meaning only four sides have recorded more points on their travels, but are yet to claim a home victory in seven attempts. On away form the Bulls would be play-off contenders, on home form bottom of the table. With three home games in succession coming up there should be a change in fortunes as a more free scoring Bulls have renewed the buzz around the city that sparked up with the summer changes. With Manset and Fleetwood both scoring three in three games, and Rob Purdie poaching a pair within a quater of an hour of his debut, the home fans would love one of the goal-filled displays that have excited the travelling support.

The Shots could have three of their weekend starters suspended for the trip to Edgar Street as they look to turn fortunes around after a pair of sucessive 3-1 losses. Along with Darren Jones and Marvin Morgan, John Halls starts a three match ban after being sent off in a reserve match two weeks ago. Unlike first team dismissals, bans for reserve game infractions still take 14 days to be imposed. Without Morgan, the Shots look decidedly toothless on paper with just seven goals scored by the rest of the squad. One of those looking to open their seasonal account is former Bulls loanee Marlon Jackson, who has spent most of the past 12 months with the Shots.

Hereford United vs Aldershot Town, Edgar Street, Tuesday November 2nd, 7.45pm.