Aldershot v Dag & Red preview

Team news for Saturday's League Two clash between Aldershot and Dagenham & Redbridge at EBB Stadium at the Recreation Ground.

Last Updated: 13/04/12 at 12:24   

Payne: Misses out for hosts

Payne: Misses out for hosts

Aldershot will be without midfielders Ben Smith and Rob Sinclair for their home clash against in-form Dagenham after the on-loan pair returned to their parent clubs.

Smith and Sinclair are back with Crawley and Stevenage respectively for the remainder of the season, forcing boss Dean Holdsworth to turn to his youngsters over the remaining five games of the campaign.

Holdsworth's midfield options are further depleted by the continued absence of Josh Payne, who missed Easter Monday's 1-0 defeat at Plymouth with a hamstring injury.

Ross Worner (back), Alex Rodman (pulmonary embolism) and Michael Rankine (leg) have been ruled out for the rest of the season.

Shots' play-off hopes look to have been extinguished by back-to-back defeats but they will be keen to get back on track against a Daggers side who will be looking to mathematically seal their survival in npower League Two.

Meanwhile, Dagenham will be without striker John Akinde and defender Charlie Wassmer for the trip to Aldershot.

The on-loan pair were recalled by parent club Crawley on Thursday just a month into their deals which were due to run until the end of the season.

Akinde started Good Friday's draw at home to Burton before dropping to the bench for the Easter Monday win at Gillingham, with Wassmer failing to feature off the bench in either.

That means Daggers boss John Still is able to name an unchanged line-up against the Shots as his side look to make it seven matches unbeaten and mathematically secure their Football League status.

Fit-again midfielders Luke Howell and Peter Gain both got more minutes under their belts for the reserves on Wednesday and are in contention, but forward Jon Nurse (ankle) misses out again.

Still would love to make sure of Dagenham's survival as he prepares to celebrate eight years in charge of the Essex club next Tuesday. The 61-year-old is the longest-serving manager in the Football League and currently fourth in England behind only Sir Alex Ferguson, Arsene Wenger and David Moyes.

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League Two Fixtures

Saturday, 19 April 2014
15:00
Burton Alb v Hartlepool
Portsmouth v Bristol R
Monday, 21 April 2014
13:00
Bristol R v Rochdale  
15:00
Dag + Red v Chesterfld  
Exeter v Torquay  
Fleetwood v Wycombe  
Hartlepool v Morecambe  
Mansfield v Cheltenham  
Newport v Burton Alb  
Northamptn v Portsmouth  

Sky Bet League 2

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Scunthorpe 43 25 77
2 Chesterfld 43 27 75
3 Rochdale 43 19 75
4 Fleetwood 43 14 72
5 Burton Alb 42 5 68
6 Southend 43 15 65
7 York City 43 9 64
8 Oxford Utd 43 7 62
9 Plymouth 43 -6 58
10 Bury 43 9 57
11 Dag + Red 43 -3 57
12 Mansfield 43 -6 57
13 Newport 43 -3 54
14 AFC W'don 43 -5 53
15 Cheltenham 43 -9 52
16 Accrington 43 -3 51
17 Portsmouth 42 -12 51
18 Morecambe 43 -14 50
19 Hartlepool 42 -2 49
20 Exeter 43 -6 49
21 Wycombe 43 -9 47
22 Bristol R 42 -9 47
23 Northamptn 43 -19 47
24 Torquay 43 -24 39

Updated Fri, 18 Apr 2014

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