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Coral Windows Stadium (ATT 10,205) 6th August 2011 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: M Heywood

Bradford Bradford City vs Aldershot Town Aldershot

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Last Updated: 05/08/11 10:47am

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Branston: Set to lead the Bantams

Branston: Set to lead the Bantams

Team news ahead of Saturday's League Two clash between Bradford and Aldershot at Valley Parade.

Bradford summer signing Guy Branston is poised for his competitive debut in the home clash with Aldershot.

Branston, a free signing from Torquay in June, has been installed as club skipper and is expected to take his place at the heart of defence.

Manager Peter Jackson must decide who will partner Branston as both Steve Williams (thigh) and Luke Oliver (foot) have been struggling with injury during pre-season.

Neither player has been ruled out, but may have to settle for a place on the substitutes' bench alongside midfielder Ritchie Jones, a free summer signing from Oldham, who has been nursing a calf strain.

Jackson will be without former captain Simon Ramsden, who missed most of last season due to related hip and calf injuries and is now struggling with a groin problem.

Ross Hannah and Mark Stewart are hoping to start alongside each other up front and fellow summer signings Jack Compton, goalkeeper Martin Hanson, midfielder Chris Mitchell and striker Nialle Rodney are all hoping to make their debuts.

Luke Guttridge is doubtful for Aldershot after the midfielder suffered a medial ligament injury during the Shots' recent friendly victory over Stoke.

Summer signings Jamie Collins - who is fit after an ankle knock - Anthony Pulis, Graeme Montgomery or Reading loanee Jake Taylor could step in if Guttridge misses out.

Striker Michael Rankine, who joined the Shots from York, is in line to make his debut while defender Aaron Brown should start after rejoining from Leyton Orient.

Jamie Young is poised to start in goal ahead of another new recruit, former Charlton keeper Ross Worner.

Full-back Ben Herd will wear the captain's armband after Anthony Charles was released last week.

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3 Rochdale 44 78
4 Fleetwood Town 44 75
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6 Southend United 44 68
7 York City 44 67
8 Oxford United 44 62
9 Plymouth Argyle 44 58
10 Bury 44 57
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12 Mansfield Town 44 57
13 Portsmouth 44 57
14 AFC Wimbledon 44 56
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16 Cheltenham Town 44 55
17 Hartlepool United 44 52
18 Accrington Stanley 44 51
19 Morecambe 44 50
20 Exeter City 44 49
21 Wycombe Wanderers 44 47
22 Bristol Rovers 44 47
23 Northampton Town 44 47
24 Torquay United 44 42