Aspin out to banish painful memories at Alfreton

Actions from the game, Halifax Town v Aldershot at the Shay
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Neil Aspin has called on his FC Halifax Town side to put last year’s 3-0 defeat at Alfreton behind them ahead of Tuesday night’s clash at North Street (7.45pm kick-off).

Town were outplayed in last season’s defeat against the Reds on one of their worst away days of the previous campaign.

But the Shaymen go into this season’s fixture on the back of an encouraging 0-0 draw at Braintree, which followed the 5-0 thrashing of Telford.

Aspin is confident his team will put in a better showing this time round.

He said: “Tuesday will be a big test but it’s the same for Alfreton because they had a long journey back from Dover.

“We’ll be ready for Tuesday night. It’s a big game for us because we were so poor last year at Alfreton and we want to do ourselves justice and be a lot better than we were last year.

“Alfreton over the years have always been strong at home, quite forceful, played with a good tempo, haven’t given you a lot of time, closed you down well and played a lot of percentage balls and put you under pressure.

“They did that last year and we found it difficult to cope, but hopefully this year we’re ready for them.

“We’re looking forward to it because we want to put that performance right that we gave last year.”

Marc Roberts is expected to play despite suffering a head injury that required stitches on Saturday, while Richard Peniket and Jamie Jackson are both pushing for starts after lively cameos at Braintree.

But Lois Maynard remains a doubt with a troublesome hip injury.

Alfreton suffered a shocking start to the season, losing their first seven games but had won three on the spin before Saturday’s 1-0 defeat at Dover.

Only Altrincham and Telford have conceded more goals at home than Alfreton, who have kept just one clean sheet on their own patch.

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