Aspin urges Town fans to show their support against Guiseley

FC Halifax Town v Guiseley at the Shay.
FC Halifax Town v Guiseley at the Shay.
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Neil Aspin wants the Shay supporters to cheer his FC Halifax Town side to victory in the first-leg of their play-off semi-final against Guiseley on Tuesday (April 30, 7.45pm kick-off).

Town ended their regular league season with a 1-0 defeat at Stalybridge on Saturday, but Aspin says that will count for nothing by the time Tuesday’s first-leg gets underway.

The Town boss says his team need the backing of the Shay faithful in what is expected to be the club’s biggest home crowd of the campaign.

He said: “The supporters need to see something which gives them a bit of encouragement, but I’m sure they’ll get behind us. We have to produce for the supporters and if we give it a good go then they’ll get behind us, but I am appealing to the supporters - we need the backing, we need the encouragement and they need to get behind the team.

“I think the games are better being against Guiseley because it’s a local derby, we’ll probably get a bigger crowd and we know when we go to Guiseley, it’s a smaller ground and you’ll get a good atmosphere. Guiseley have had a great season and it’s going to be a tough game but you expect that in the play-offs.

“I can honestly say that we could have played brilliantly at Stalybridge but it would have no bearing on Tuesday. I’ve been in the play-offs enough and it’s all about on the night. It won’t affect Tuesday, it’s a different game and we’ve got to be at our best over the two games.

“You want to be at your best so that if your team is beaten, the opposition have had to play out of their skins and if we play at our best, we know that we’re a match for anybody. I’m looking forward to the games because now we’re into when it really matters.”

Guiseley also ended their league season with defeat as an under-strength Lions side lost 4-2 at home to relegated Hinckley - their first loss in six games.

Both meetings between the two West Yorkshire rivals ended 1-1 this season, with Town coming back from 1-0 in both games to draw.

The scorers in those matches, Dan Gardner and Lee Gregory, are expected to return to the starting line-up for the Shaymen, along with Danny Lowe, Scott McManus and Matt Glennon.

Only Chester won more away games than Guisley in the Conference North this season, although the champions are the only team to have conceded fewer home goals than the Shaymen in the division.

The club confirmed on Sunday that the first-leg will not be an all-ticket match, but that segregation will apply and the visiting fans will be situated in the Skircoat Stand.