ACE duo Roscoe D'sane and Nikki Bull celebrated their call-ups to the England National squad to face Belgium today with match-winning performances to keep their side seven points clear at the top of the table.
The livewire striker and ever-dependable goalkeeper were called up by England boss Paul Fairclough last Thursday to take their places in the 16-man squad which flies out to Brussells today. In doing so, they become the first Aldershot Town players to be bestowed with such an honour.
And Saturday's 2-1 win — made up entirely of penalties — will have stood them in good stead as D'sane struck twice from the spot to take his tally to 12 for the season, while Bull played his part in keeping out the flying Eagles.
A crowd of 2,078 — the highest attendance since Boxing Day — were treated to one of the most thrilling games at the Rec in recent weeks between the league's two in-form sides.
Boss Terry Brown cheered: "We played some good football, and this is the happiest I've been with the performance this year."
But referring to the tenth successive victory by the solitary goal, Brown joked: "The midfield played some great two-touch football and was a pleasure to watch but there's no such thing as a comfortable win at the Rec this year."
Brown'smen upped the anti from the off and within three minutes, had forced the lead.
Stafford Browne released Lee Holsgrove, who, in his 100th game for the Shots, was held back on a goal-bound run and D'sane stpped up to slot home his third penalty success of the season into the bottom left hand corner.
Aldershot created plenty of chances thereon in, continually testing Eagles keeper Duncan Roberts to his limit. The majority of these seemed to fall to Browne — the first with a header onto the roof of the net from Paul Buckle's cross, the second actually finding the net from close range, only to be flagged offside by the assistant referee.
In between, Bedford went close themselves — Darren Lynch suffering the same fate as Browne courtesy of the other sideline official before Mark Paul's effort barely required Bull to raise a hand as it sailed over the crossbar.
But Aldershot's dominance finally paid off when, just minutes after Browne had another effort hacked off the line, referee Pike awarded them their second spot-kick of the afternoon.
Memories of Bull's foul on Dagenham & Redbridge striker Mark Stein in the FA Cup came flooding back when Roberts blatantly pulled D'sane back with the goal at his mercy.
Unlike Bull, Roberts was lucky to escape with a caution before D'sane smacked home an identical penalty to his first.
Browne could, and should, have made it 3-0 but could only fire wide with the goal becknoning, although Bull prevented the advantage getting halved in the latter stages of the half with a fine save to deny Paul.
The Shots continued their assault with relentless pressure and passion as they looked to give the boss a hassle-free last ten minutes by regsitering an unassailable lead.
Buckle fired just wide and D'sane just over before Roberts saved from Jason Chewins and Paul Covington cleared from the goal-line to deny Browne once again.
But Bedford kept going and got their rewards when they got a penalty decision of their own at the second time of asking when Bull brought down Carl Williams in the box.
In a striking resemblance to D'sane's earlier goals, and in the same net, Rob Miller halved the deficit to add another few grey hairs to Brown's weary head.
But they held on admirably to secure the points, although Canvey Island's impressive 2-1 victory at Grays keeps them well on their toes.
Striker Browne is a man in desperate need of luck in front of goal, having netted just once in the ten games since returning to the club in early December.
Speaking of his namesake, and goal-hungry marksman, Brown added: "Stafford's still not the Stafford that was here last year. He has to score a goal for his own confidence's sake, he had a couple of chances today that he failed to take whereas the old Stafford would have just buried them. That cutting edge is still not right, we still need a little bit more thrust"
SHOTS: Bull, Hooper, Chewins, Cousins, Warburton, Sterling, Roddis, Holsgrove, Browne (sub Taylor 65mins), D'sane (L Charles 85), Buckle. Not used: Cooper, Ashwood, A Charles.
Ref: K Pike Att: 2,078