Aspin calls for improved performance on the road

Town boss Neil Aspin is more concerned about improving his side’s away record than putting on a show for the TV cameras when FC Halifax Town travel to Chester tonight (Thursday, February 13, 7.30pm kick-off).

The Shaymen will be televised live on BT Sport for the second time this season when they play at the Deva Stadium, but Aspin wants to see an improved showing from his team on the road after picking up just one away league win so far this term.

He said: “I don’t think it matters that the cameras are there.

“Every game you play you want to do yourself justice, obviously we haven’t done that because the away results have been poor, we can’t hind from that and I don’t hide from that as a manager.

“Away from home we’ve been very poor, there have been a lot of poor performances and we need to be much better.

“I’d like us to finish the season with some better away performances because if we’d had a decent away record we’d be in a great position.”

Matt Pearson, who has been named in the England C squad for their game against Jordan on March 4, will serve the last of his two-game ban, but Leeds youngster Simon Lenighan could be available if his one-month loan move is completed on time.

Lee Gregory and Marc Roberts scored either side of Gareth Seddon’s goal to earn Town a 2-1 win at home to Chester in the reverse fixture back in September.

Town have gone five away games without a win since their victory at Dartford, while Chester have won just two of their last 13 matches in all competitions.

Seddon was also on target as they lost 3-2 at Macclesfield last time out, but his side have won only twice in their 15 home games this season - the second worst record in the league.

Steve Burr’s side have only kept one clean sheet in their last 10 home outings and have scored the fewest number of goals on their own patch in the Skrill Premier.

A draw would lift them out of the relegation zone, while a Town win will move them back into the play-off places.

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