Aspin checks on injured duo ahead of trip

Town boss Neil Aspin will be checking on a couple of key players at training tonight as he prepares his side for Saturday’s Blue Square Bet North trip to Altrincham.

Matt Crooks and Liam Needham are both carrying knocks ahead of the crucial game in Greater Manchester.

Crooks was withdrawn at half time in the win over Boston United on Monday while Needham missed the game altogether after suffering an ankle problem at Stalybridge three days earlier.

Aspin admitted the fact Crooks, who has extended his loan deal from Huddersfield Town until the end of the play offs, had been cautioned early in Monday’s game had influenced his decision to replace him with Tom Baker, whose introduction showed the strength of the Town squad

“It was a combination of the fact that he had been booked - and the fact the referee was booking players for nothing - and he had taken a bit of a knock as well,” he said.

“I thought it was best to take him off and Tom Baker was disciplined in what I asked him to do.

“Just because players haven’t been involved does not mean they won’t be involved in these next three games.”

Needham, who has been an automatic pick in the second half of the campaign, failed a fitness test on the injury that forced him to limp from the field at Bower Fold.

And of the two, he appears most likely to be given further time to recover as the Shaymen look towards the final two games - at home to Droylsden and away at Solihull.

“Liam had no chance last Monday but you would like to think that by Saturday he might have one,” said Aspin.

“After that we are playing Saturday and Saturday so we really have to be thinking about that.

“If we can overcome the Altrincham obstacle and it still be in our hands with two games to go that’s what we are looking for.”

Town have confirmed that in addition to Crooks being available until the end of the play offs, Ross Hannah and Sean Clancy will also be here until the final game of the campaign - whenever that may be.

Town’s directors are again providing transport to Saturday’s game against Altrincham, asking for a donation towards the cost rather than the full £12.

Coaches leave the Shay at 1pm and to book your place contact 07707 143094 after 5pm

Halifax Town Commercial Group is presenting an evening with Tim and Joe, starring BBC Radio Leeds duo Tim Crowther and Joe Maiden.

They will be at Belgrave Social Club to answer questions on a range of subjects on Thursday, May 3 (7pm).

Tickets cost £5 and further details can be obtained on 07707 143094.