Aldershot v Bradford preview

Team news ahead of Saturday's League Two clash between Aldershot and Bradford at the EBB Stadium.

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Tonkin: One-match suspension

Tonkin: One-match suspension

Anthony Tonkin will sit out the weekend clash through suspension.

The left-back was sent off for a second bookable offence in Tuesday night's goalless draw at home to Wycombe, forcing the Shots to play for an hour with only 10 men. He now serves a one-match ban.

Manager Dean Holdsworth is not expected to have any new injury concerns to contend with as the Hampshire outfit aim to drag themselves off the foot of the npower League Two table.

Holdsworth made two changes in midweek, recalling first-choice goalkeeper Jamie Young after he made way in the FA Cup first round last Saturday while midfielder Josh Payne replaced Michael Rankine.

Rankine is one of those in contention to come back in against sixth-placed Bradford as Aldershot, despite being unbeaten in four, continue to struggle for goals, especially at the EBB Stadium where they have netted just twice in eight league games this term.

Bradford are set to welcome back Ricky Ravenhill.

The midfielder was controversially sent-off during the club's 1-0 defeat at Burton and was hit with a three-match ban.

Ravenhill missed the penalty shoot-out victory over Wigan, the FA Cup draw with Northampton and the midweek stalemate against Chesterfield but is expected to return to the starting line-up.

Boss Phil Parkinson will not take any chances with striker James Hanson, who is struggling with a virus.

Hanson missed the midweek draw and Parkinson will not risk the health of the rest of the squad by bringing him back too soon.

Kyel Reid is back in light training after a groin injury but is still a couple of weeks away from a return.

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League Two Fixtures

Friday, 18 April 2014
15:00
AFC W'don v Newport  
Accrington v Mansfield  
Bury v Plymouth  
Cheltenham v Fleetwood  
Chesterfld v Exeter  
Morecambe v Scunthorpe  
Oxford Utd v York City  
Rochdale v Southend  
Torquay v Dag + Red  
Wycombe v Northamptn  

Sky Bet League 2

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Scunthorpe 42 25 76
2 Rochdale 42 22 75
3 Chesterfld 42 27 74
4 Fleetwood 42 13 69
5 Burton Alb 42 5 68
6 Southend 42 12 62
7 Oxford Utd 42 8 62
8 York City 42 8 61
9 Plymouth 42 -2 58
10 Mansfield 42 -6 56
11 Bury 42 5 54
12 Dag + Red 42 -4 54
13 Newport 42 -3 53
14 AFC W'don 42 -5 52
15 Cheltenham 42 -8 52
16 Portsmouth 42 -12 51
17 Accrington 42 -3 50
18 Hartlepool 42 -2 49
19 Morecambe 42 -14 49
20 Exeter 42 -6 48
21 Bristol R 42 -9 47
22 Wycombe 42 -9 46
23 Northamptn 42 -19 46
24 Torquay 42 -23 39

Updated Wed, 16 Apr 2014

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