Aldershot boss Dean Holdsworth claims the play-offs are within touching distance after Peter Vincenti's first-half strike downed Bristol Rovers.

The former Stevenage midfielder's fourth league goal of the season four minutes before half-time settled a cagey encounter and earned the Shots a sixth straight home league win to narrow the gap on the promotion pack.

Holdsworth hailed a special effort from his troops on the 20th anniversary of the club's liquidation and subsequent resignation from the Football League.

He said: "It is fitting, seeing the guys that have been part of the history of the football club, but our history is in front of us and we'll keep pushing. It's about being part of something special and we've had some good moments and we want more.

"We know what we have got in front of us, we need to keep level-headed. We're edging closer to that play-off position.

"We are showing such desire to keep that clean sheet, we have the third best defensive record in the league, and I said that wasn't good enough, I want the best, and 1-0 wins a game of football. It would have been unjust if we had conceded at the end."

Vincenti's goal lit up a lacklustre first half as Pirates striker Elliot Richards wasted two good opportunities in the opening 10 minutes. Rovers striker Matt Harrold thought he had snatched a point for the Pirates, only to see his close-range shot cleared off the line which brought the visitors' four-game unbeaten run to an end.

Rovers boss Mark McGhee said: "It was disappointing to lose the game but I don't think we deserved to.

"Cian [Bolger] gets a little bit unlucky when he slips for the goal but it is the only shot they had in the game, so from that point of view it's really disappointing.

"We only had a few shots in the game ourselves, not great chances and not enough chances, but on the balance of play we certainly didn't deserve to lose the game."