Aspin expecting tough test against English football’s youngest manager

Cortez Belle celebrates scoring the equaliser for Halifax in their 1-1 draw with Salisbury back in 2007.
Cortez Belle celebrates scoring the equaliser for Halifax in their 1-1 draw with Salisbury back in 2007.
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Neil Aspin will pit his wits against the youngest full-time manager in English football when FC Halifax Town travel to Salisbury tomorrow (Saturday, 3pm kick-off).

Town are on a four-game unbeaten run, having beaten Southport 1-0 on Monday, but will be without striker Lee Gregory, who broke his hand in that game.

A win for Town could move them to the top of the Conference Premier, but a Salisbury victory could see them rise to 13th in the table.

Mikey Harris, 28, took charge at the club in the summer following the departure of Darrell Clarke to become assistant manager at Bristol Rovers.

Harris is a former Salisbury midfielder and spent five years as number two at the Raymond McEnhill Stadium.

But Salisbury have won just once in their first five games this season and are currently 19th in the table.

After losing their opening three matches against Tamworth, Luton and Alfreton, they beat Aldershot 1-0 before a goalless draw against Welling on Monday.

The Town boss isn’t anticipating an easy ride against the Whites, who have not conceded a goal in their last two outings.

He said: “They’re a newly-promoted team so they’ll be pleased with the start they’ve had.

“But we’re expecting a tough game.

“They’ve had a couple of clean sheets and a couple of good results so we know it won’t be easy.”

Former Northern Ireland international Warren Feeney is Harris’ assistant, and was one of eight summer signings by Salisbury.

But striker Jamie White, who won the joint golden boot in the Conference South last season with 26 goals for Salisbury, is currently out of action after a hernia operation.

Midfielder Theo Lewis is their top scorer with two goals, although only Chester have scored fewer goals in the league so far.

The sides have only met twice before, which was in the space of a month during the 2007-08 season, with Salisbury beating Town 1-0 at home and drawing 1-1 at the Shay, with Cotez Belle netting the goal for the Shaymen.

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