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Town open the hectic festive period at home to Aldershot, with Simon Weaver’s side looking to bounce back from defeat at Solihull on Tuesday night.



Following a third away game on the spin, Town remain third in the table on 43 points, level with Tuesday’s opponents, as well as Wrexham, in an exciting Play-Off race.

Back in August, Town claimed an impressive 2-0 away win at Aldershot thanks to goals from Dom Knowles and George Thomson; the first time Town and Aldershot had played competitively.

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Managed by Gary Waddock, Aldershot have struggled to repeat last campaigns fine 5th place finish, though reminded supporters of their qualities against League One Bradford City in the FA cup last month, only to go out on penalties during the replay.
 
Picking up seven wins, four draws and losing the rest of their fixtures, Shots sit 17th in The National League on 25 points.
 
Saturday’s opponents competed in Football League Two from 2008 to 2013, but were relegated from the Football League at the end of the 2012–13 season.
 
Aldershot almost returned to League Two last season, though fell short in the Play-Off Semi-Final as they lost 5-4 on penalties to Ebbsfleet.
 
Waddock has previous success at his current employers, leading The Shots into the Football League in 2008 as he won the Blue Square Premier title with a then-record total of 101 points.

That season also saw records set for victories in a Conference campaign (31) and the greatest number of home wins by Aldershot FC (Known as that from 1926 – 1992) or Aldershot Town, with 18, as well as triumph in the Setanta Shield and a run to the Semi-Final of the FA Trophy.

The Harrogate defence will have to be wary of marksmen Scott Rendell who has already bagged five goals this season, a tally the ex – Woking man will be looking to add to when he visits The CNG Stadium.

Preview by Isaac Martin

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