Aspin delighted Rainford’s back

Jamie Rainford’s return to Halifax Town was sealed with a phone call between player and manager Neil Aspin earlier this week.

The 23-year-old striker enjoyed a successful couple of months on loan at the Shay before at the end of 2011 but returned to Chester where he believed his future lay.

At that stage it appeared unlikely he would be back in West Yorkshire but, out of the blue, he penned an 18-month deal on Wednesday evening, with Town paying an undisclosed fee for his services, and he goes straight into the squad for tomorrow’s trip to Colwyn Bay.

“It was always possible that he could come back,” said Aspin. “The only thing in my mind was that I had to be convinced he wanted to come.

“I spoke to him earlier this week when he said he had made a mistake going back to Chester.

“I am prepared to accept that and to have him back at Halifax.”

The move appears to have few risks with both parties keen to link up again.

“When you bring anyone new into a club you are concerned how they will settle in,” said Aspin. “With Jamie that is not a problem.

“He gets on well with all the lads, he is keen to get started and wants to prove a point.”

His move from Marine to Chester last summer never looked like working out as he failed to become a regular for his new club.

He found the net just three times in his eight starts and 12 substitute appearances for Chester with his best form coming while on loan at the Shay.

In the six weeks since he left Halifax he has again been a bit part player but Aspin does not see that as a problem.

“It is slightly different with a forward because we can chop and change,” said Aspin.

“It is not as important if they have not been playing regularly because they can be used from the bench.”

Tomorrow’s game in north Wales pitches the two form sides in the Blue Square Bet North together with Town unbeaten in eight games and Bay unbeaten in six.

“Like us they are on a really good run at the moment,” said Aspin. “Their confidence must be high.

“They are a capable side - they have proved that over the past few years - and we have got to produce a good level of performance tomorrow.”

It will be the fourth time the sides have met this season, with Bay drawing at the Shay in the league earlier in the season and winning an FA Trophy replay in West Yorkshire after a goalless draw at Llanelian Road.

“We have had a few games with them in my time here and results have been mixed,” said Aspin.

“They have done fantastically well and that is despite having to change manager on a couple of occasions.

“One thing you know is that the game is going to be competitive.

“I didn’t think we had the run of the ball in the Trophy games earlier this season.”

Back up keeper Phil Senior is the only fresh injury worry after he suffered a twisted ankle and Aspin has drafted in youngster Thomas Taylor who last played with Wakefield.

Town have not played a league game since the 2-2 draw with Gainsborough on January 24 while Bay were in action on Tuesday night when they beat Boston 3-2.

The forecast for the north Wales coast is promising, but Aspin refuses to take anything for granted, saying: “The way it has been lately we will not know until we wake up tomorrow.”