aspin forced into change

boss Neil Aspin will be forced to change a winning side when Town travel to Worksop’s Retford home tomorrow (3.0).

Scott Phelan begins a three-match ban following his dismissal late in the game at Bradford Park Avenue last month.

That will end the use of three specialist central midfielders which has been the favoured approach during a run that has taken the Shaymen well clear at the top of the table.

But Aspin, who is keeping his cards close to his chest, knows that whoever he turns to - and Richard Marshall appears to be favourite having played the role in recent cup matches - will be keen to shine.

“When the situation arises you have a decision to make,” said Aspin. “Do you bring someone in on loan or use a player already in the squad?

“The formation can be flexible and we can change things depending on how the game is going.

“But it gives an opportunity for someone to come into the team.

“The lads who have been out of the side will be desperate to play and it is better to go with someone who knows the set up

“Scott Phelan had been doing well, had been in a good run of form, and will be disappointed to be suspended.”

While Marshall may be the leading candidate - and Aspin hinted as much after the county cup clash at Harrogate Railway - there are options.

Scott Metcalfe, back after a month’s loan at One North leaders Chester, could play wide or Danny Holland could return up front with Jamie Vardy playing a slightly more withdrawn role.

Whoever plays, Aspin knows that his side face a stern test against a side that he still expects to make a challenge.

Worksop are currently a massive 19 points behind the Shaymen, but they have played three games less than the league leaders.

“They still have games in hand and anyone with the potential to close the gap is in the race,” said Aspin.

“They have to play us twice and have made three or four signings and I know they can push us.

“I have seen them play a few times, have spoken to people at the club and they are expecting to do well this season.

“I know they are looking forward to tomorrow’s game and they will be desperate to beat us.

“This is just as important a game for us as the one at North Ferriby.

“But there are still too many games left to play to call it make or break.”

FC Halifax Town (from): Hedge, Hardy, Lowe, Bower, L Hogan, Baker, Garner, Vardy, Gregory, Dean, Marshall, Holland, Metcalfe, Riley, Milne, S Hogan, Senior.