Aspin hints at changes

Halifax Town v North Ferriby.
Halifax Town v North Ferriby.

BOSS Neil Aspin has not ruled out changes to his Town side ahead of tomorrow’s Shay clash with Stocksbridge Park Steels.

The Shaymen were 3-0 winners over Kendal on home soil on Tuesday to go 13 points clear at the top of the Evo Stik Premier Division.

But Aspin feels Town can be better than they were against the Cumbrians and is contemplating tweaking his side.

“There is always the possibility of changes if we don’t play as well as I would like us to,” said Aspin.

“The changes will not be wholesale, but there are one or two things to look at before the game.”

Danny Holland, a substitute for the vast majority of league games in 2011, looks like being the major beneficiary from any changes.

He replaced James Dean at half time in midweek with Aspin saying after the game that he had wanted more from his leading scorer.

One man whose place appears guaranteed at the moment is Tom Baker who maintained his ever-present record in the league against Kendal despite picking up a dead leg in the draw with Worksop last weekend.

“Tom’s attitude is tremendous,” said Aspin. “He was always going to play even though he was not fully fit.

“And he should be fitter tomorrow than he was on Tuesday.”

Stocksbridge may be in the bottom half of the division, but they have had good wins over Matlock, Kendal and Northwich in recent weeks.

And they played their part in an entertaining game between the sides in South Yorkshire earlier in the season with the Shaymen eventually winning 5-3 having twice been behind.

“Stocksbridge are one of the form teams in the league at the moment with three wins in their last four,” said Aspin.

“They have also been scoring plenty of goals with three against Northwich, Kendal and Matlock.

“They have good players and are the only team to have scored three against us in any competition this season.

“It was a testing night and we did well to overcome them.

“But we are at home, we have got to be positive and we have got to win the game.”

Jamie Vardy, who has been a key player for Town since signing from Stocksbridge in the summer, missed the game in South Yorkshire through injury.

“Playing against your former club, you always want to do well,” said Aspin.

“Stocksbridge will know all about him and they will be desperate to stop him from getting the ball.”

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

TOWN fans wishing to book their places on the official supporters’ coaches to Nantwich next Tuesday or Whitby on February 26 can do so now by calling 07707 143094.

Transport to Nantwich will leave the Shay at 5.15pm with the coach to Whitby departing at 10.30am. The cost is £10 per trip.