Having survived in the Conference Premier last season despite starting on -10, Aldershot Town can look forward to a season of parity.

The Shots will begin the 2014/15 Vanarama Premier season on 0, the same as everybody else.

Despite being put at 25/1 to go up , sports editor Jon Couch highlights five reasons why Shots fans can still be optimistic this campaign will be a good one.

Clean slate

The annus horribilis is over for manager Andy Scott and Aldershot Town can at last prepare to start a season on a level playing field with their rivals. Out of administration two years early and with no points deductions holding them back, Aldershot Town are a club heading in the right direction off the field and that can only help their bid to regain their Football League status.

The fans

Having the East Bank in full voice in a big game atmosphere at the Electrical Services Stadium is always like a 12th man to Andy Scott. Yes, the home faithful can be over-expectant at times but they've helped their side out of many a scrape when they most needed it.

The manager

Andy Scott has played at the very highest level and won league titles as a manager with Brentford, so is natural-born winner. Keeping Aldershot in the Conference Premier with a ten-point deduction will rank high on his list of achievements and with the help of a wide contacts book at this level, is slowly building a squad to compete.

Brett Williams

The boss' protege played a huge part in securing Aldershot's survival last season by finishing third in the Conference scoring charts with 28 goals. New signing Dan Fitchett has provided him with extra competition for his place this season but if Williams can respond in the way he knows how, he could once again be challenging for individual accolades.

The spirit

One thing which was clearly noticeable during the club's photocall this week was the upbeat spirit in the camp. Although a little low on numbers, the squad provides a healthy mix of youth and experience and the players are clearly relaxed and confident of a breakthrough season.