Aspin eager to get game played

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Town are back in Blue Square Bet North action tonight when they face Nuneaton in a re-arranged game at the Shay (7.45).

Groundstaff spent yesterday clearing snow off the pitch in preparation for the game.

And while everyone has one eye on the weather, boss Neil Aspin is keen for his side to play their first league game for a fortnight.

“We need to play,” said Aspin. “Especially having not played the week before either.

“It is not ideal that we will be playing a few midweek games, but the games are at home.

“We all want to play home games on a Saturday because the crowds are bigger but if you have to rearrange games for midweek you would prefer them to be at the Shay.”

Despite the atrocious weather conditions, Town were able to train at the weekend with Aspin having booked an indoor facility.

Aaron Hardy, who has played in defence and midfield this season, joined in the session after the scan on his ankle showed no major damage, but it might be too soon for him to be included in the matchday squad.

“The scan showed nothing major,” said Aspin, who has effectively been without the versatile player since the FA Trophy defeat to Colwyn Bay in November.

“I think he just has to bite the bullet and get on with it.

“He will continue to train and if he is still sore he will have an injection.”

Aspin said that the rest of the squad were fit and ready to face Nuneaton.

That means Lee Gregory has recovered from the back problem that forced him to leave the field against Gainsborough Trinity two weeks ago and Tom Baker has showed no reaction to his appearance against Guiseley in the County Cup last week which was his first since January 14 when he suffered a calf injury.

Aspin will be keen to have everyone available as he juggles his small squad.

Nuneaton arranged a friendly with neighbours Rugby Town once Saturday’s game at the Shay was called off.

And they picked up three injuries in a 3-2 defeat to the Evo-Stik Southern League Division One Central outfit played on an artificial pitch.

Keeper Danny Alcock was forced to leave the pitch with a heel problem while central midfielder Adam Walker suffered an ankle injury and striker Wes York injured his hip.

Manager Kevin Wilkin said after the game he was ‘hopeful’ that all three would be available for this evening’s game.

Town’s Blue Square Bet North derby with Guiseley, due to be played next Tuesday, will have to be re-arranged because the Lions will be in FA Trophy action at Cambridge.

The Nethermoor side were due to play United this evening, but the game was called off yesterday because the Abbey Stadium pitch is still frozen.

Bookings are still being taken for the official supporters bus to Colwyn Bay on Saturday.

Transport leaves the Shay at 11.30am and the cost will be £12.

To book a place or further information, call the travel line on 07707 143094.

That is also the number to book for the shuttle bus to the Sportsman’s dinner on February 17.

The cost will be £5 return and transport will pick up at the Three Pigeons (6.30) and the Belgrave Social Club (6.45).