TOP Shots duo Terry Brown and Stuart Cash will begin the process of whittling down their squad on Monday as they look to establish themselves as a top Conference side for next season.

Brown and Cash have their eye on four or five players who they believe will strengthen the squad further, but will have to release the same amount from their current squad to avoid over-spending on the budget.

But as Cash told the News, the big two are in no hurry to finalise their squad.

He said: "It's a little bit different this year with the amount of players available on free transfers.

"We have had 15-20 phone calls already from players so we are just going to wait to see who's available and not rush into anything.

"We already know what we want to do, what positions need strengthening and which players we are likely to keep for next season. We'll be looking at a squad of 16/17 senior players and the rest youngsters."

Cash and Brown have been busy in preparation this week for the Hampshire Senior Cup final, due to take place at St Mary's Stadium, Southampton on Thursday.

The Shots, who take on Bashley, bossed by former player Barry Blankley, were without injured defenders Ray Warburton (knee) and Anthony Charles (groin).

l Season tickets for the 2003/04 season go on sale at the club offices and new social club this week. You can make savings on the standard cost by purchasing your ticket before May 17.

l The players of Aldershot Town have given their fans a real boost by chipping in to the club's Defibrillator Fund.

The boys chipped in around £90 for the Fund which is designed to provide vital safety medical equipment and training.

l Boss Brown takes to the field on Sunday to play in a benefit match for Ruislip Manor player Matt Martin, who broke his leg last year.

Brown will be joined in a Celebrity XI by Woking striker Warren Patmore, ex-Chelsea star Clive Walker and former Shot Dave Carroll for the game, which kicks off at 12pm at Manor's Grosvenor Vale ground. Admission is £2.