Aldershot Town v Barnet - Preview

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Barnet travel to Aldershot Town tonight looking for their first victory of the season and hoping to end an eight year wait for a win at the Recreation Ground.

The Bees have struggled this season and currently sit bottom of the League Two table with just one point from their opening six matches.

Last time out Mark Robson’s side suffered a 3-0 defeat against Bradford City – their fourth straight loss in the league.

Despite the final score, and a 15 minute spell at the beginning of the second half, there were a few positives for the Bees to take from their first half performance.

The newly formed centre-back partnership of David Stephens and loanee Krystian Pearce worked well for the majority of the contest and John Oster, bar one pass, showed composure on the ball throughout his full debut.

The match was Pearce’s first game this season and he was happy to be back playing football.

“It has been five months since my last full game and I hadn’t played in any matches in pre-season either.

“So it is good to get back on the pitch. I feel good that I have got ninety minutes under my belt now and hopefully I can build on that,” the 22-year-old stated.

“First and foremost I am looking to play games and help Barnet move up the table. So I will take it one game at a time.”

Clovis Kamdjo, back in his favoured midfield holding role in the past two games, believes once the Bees secure their first victory it will give the side the confidence to move up the table.

He said: “Once we get that first win; then I think we can push on. We just need to get the first victory to get the confidence in the players back.

“If we can get that win then hopefully we can get into a winning mentality. We have got some good players here and all we need to focus on is getting that win and we can start to move up the table.”

The Bees have only won two of the last eight meetings between the two sides and suffered a 4-1 defeat at Aldershot in February.

Shots striker Danny Hylton is available to play after his eight game suspension for racial abuse ended.

The 23-year-old was banned for incidents which occurred in the Bees 2-1 victory at Underhill last season.

But Dean Holdsworth will be without Ross Worner (back) and Craig Stanley (broken leg).

Mark Byrne, Andy Yiadom and Jake Hyde missed the defeat against Bradford due to injury but all could be in contention for a return to the side.

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