Aspin wants more of the same

Neil Aspin
Neil Aspin

TOWN boss Neil Aspin has challenged his players to maintain their fine run of form as they prepare for tomorrow’s Blue Square North trip to Histon (3pm).

The Shaymen are gunning for a fourth straight success - including last Saturday’s 6-0 defeat of Abbey Hey in the second qualifying round of the FA Cup.

On top of that they will be hoping to keep a third clean sheet as they look for the points which will keep them firmly in touch with the leading group.

Town have been firing on all cylinders and, as well as boasting a mean defence they have also been lethal in front of goal, scoring 13 in their last three outings.

“We are on a decent run at the moment and we have to make sure we keep that going,” said Aspin. “We have good players at the club but to be successful they have to continue to play to their best of their ability.

“We have earned the right to travel with confidence because of our recent results, but we are never over-confident.

“Every game is different, the opposition set up differently and we have to make sure we play to our strengths if we want to get something out of the game.

“We got a good result at Histon last season and it would be nice to think we can do the same again tomorrow.”

Aspin was also full of praise for his side’s defensive efforts while insisting he would continue to send his players out with a positive mindset.

“I am delighted that we have kept three straight clean sheets,” he added. “It has been something we have struggled with so it is important now that we try to keep that going,” he added.

“The players need to have that confidence in the defenders and the goalkeeper, but having said that we are not set up to be a defensive team.

“I like players to express themselves and while that means we are always in danger of conceding we have to keep that to a minimum.”

Aspin is still operating with a paper-thin squad and is expecting to name a similar team to the one which inflicted a 6-0 defeat on Abbey Hey with defender Liam Hogan continuing to be the major doubt.

“Liam has been struggling with a hamstring problem,” confirmed Aspin. “We decided it wasn’t worth risking him in the cup-tie last weekend.

“He didn’t train on Tuesday so we will need to assess him before the game tomorrow and take it from there.”