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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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2 Shrewsbury Town 21 40
3 Luton Town 21 40
4 Burton Albion 22 40
5 Plymouth Argyle 21 37
6 Southend United 21 35
7 Newport County AFC 21 34
8 Exeter City 22 34
9 Bury 21 31
10 Morecambe 21 30
11 Accrington Stanley 21 30
12 Cambridge United 21 29
13 Stevenage 21 28
14 Portsmouth 21 27
15 AFC Wimbledon 21 27
16 Mansfield Town 21 26
17 Oxford United 21 25
18 Cheltenham Town 21 25
19 Northampton Town 21 24
20 Dagenham & Redbridge 21 21
21 Carlisle United 21 21
22 York City 21 20
23 Tranmere Rovers 21 19
24 Hartlepool United 21 13