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Monday, 10 December, 2018

Red-hot Aldershot can keep their title hopes alive

Chester set to spring a surprise on Gateshead

Aldershot boss Gary Waddock
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Aldershot have climbed from fifth to second in the National League since Christmas and their push for the title can stay on track with a home win over mid-table Ebbsfleet.

Only four points separate leaders Macclesfield from the Shots, who have taken ten points from the last 12, and Gary Waddock's side should be raring to go because it is two weeks since they were last in action - winning 2-1 at promotion rivals Dover.

Aldershot had a free weekend due to their first-round exit from the FA Trophy and will be fresher than Ebbsfleet, who are preparing for their fourth match in 12 days.

The Fleet exited the FA Trophy on Tuesday with a 2-0 defeat at Northern Premier side Workington in a second-round replay

Ebbsfleet's challenge is to refocus on the push for the playoffs - they are only three points outside the top seven - but it will be tough to get anything from one of their most difficult away games of the campaign.

Daryl McMahon's side have lost two of their three league matches this year and may struggle against the Shots.

Chester exited the FA Trophy with a 1-0 loss at National League South side East Thurrock last week but they have shown signs of a league revival and look overpriced to beat Gateshead at the Deva Stadium.

The Blues are unbeaten in three league matches this year but must keep going because they are still five points adrift of safety.

However, Chester have a very winnable fixture at home to 18th-placed Heed, who sold key midfielder Luke Hannant to Port Vale earlier this week.

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Daryl McMahon's side have lost two of their three league matches this year and may struggle against the Shots
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