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Shots starts: Last five opening day games in focus

When it comes to opening day fixtures, the Shots have a pretty good record. Here, we look back at the last five opening day encounters

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Danny Hylton shoots for Aldershot Town

Andy Scott will be looking to continue Aldershot Town's proud recent opening day record when the 2014-15 season gets under way next month.

Shots are unbeaten in their last eight curtain-raisers since suffering a home defeat to Tamworth in 2005.

Aldershot Town Conference Premier fixtures 2014/15
In pictures: Aldershot Town FC during the 2013/14 season
A look back at Aldershot Town kits in previous years 

In their five-year spell back in the Football League, they won four and drew one of their opening matches, conceding only two goals, and they continued the trend after being relegated to the Skrill Premier last season, opening their campaign with a battling point at Grimsby Town against all odds.

1.  Aldershot Town 3-1 Darlington (09/10)

It took the Shots just three minutes to open their 2009/10 account against Darlington. Goals from Marvin Morgan, Andy Sandell and Louis Soares got Aldershot off to a good start to their most successful campaign in recent years, reaching the League 2 play-off semi-finals.

2. Accrington Stanley 0-0 Aldershot Town (10/11)

Accrington were the opening day opponents in 2010 when the Shots were held to a 0-0 draw, with Marvin Morgan coming closest to finding the net.

 

3. Bradford City 1-2 Aldershot Town (11/12)

The Shots returned to winning ways in 2011 when a Danny Hylton strike and a Robbie Threlfall own goal helped them to a fine 2-1 win at Bradford City.

4. Plymouth Argyle 0-2 Aldershot Town (12/13)

The ill-fated 2012-13 season started with a narrow extra-time defeat at Wolves in the Capital One Cup, but the opening League Two game saw Dean Holdsworth's men rally to an impressive 2-0 win at Plymouth Argyle - Troy Brown's fifth-minute effort followed up by Josh Payne's penalty.

5. Grimsby Town 1-1 Aldershot Town (13/14)

After relegation back to the Conference and a summer in administration, many questioned the likelihood of Aldershot surviving long enough to start the 2013-14 season, but thanks to an 11th-hour mercy dash from boss Andy Scott - with several players agreeing terms on the team coach on the way up to Grimsby - the new-look Shots rallied to an unlikely share of the spoils.

Joe Oastler put them in front on 58 minutes but the Mariners, co-managed by Scott's brother Rob, hit back 10 minutes from time courtesy of Ross Hannah's penalty.

As it stood, that precious point proved enough to earn the Shots another crack at the Conference Premier.

 
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