Aspin wants same again to kick-start cup run

Neil Aspin
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Neil Aspin is calling for a repeat performance from his Town players tomorrow after their fantastic first-half against Welling.

Halifax raced into a 3-0 lead before the interval last weekend to get back to winning ways, and the Town boss wants to see his side play to the same level in their FA Cup fourth qualifying round clash at Nuneaton.

He said: “I was encouraged with the first-half performance when we did a lot of things right and the players need to continue that on Saturday.

“I’d certainly be rather going into the game having won than lost but Nuneaton will be aware that our form at home has been better than away.

“It’s the FA Cup so it’s a one-off game, but we know it’s going to be a difficult tie.

“League form isn’t important - it’s all about what happens on the day.

“Hopefully we’ll take a good support there and they can get behind the team.

“The players have to make sure they’re ready for it.

“We need a bit of luck, which we haven’t had against Nuneaton over the last couple of years so hopefully we’ll get the run of the ball.”

Aspin hopes the financial rewards of a possible cup run could be reinvested in his squad, but says prize money isn’t the main motivation for extending his side’s stay in the competition.

He said: “Any money that comes into the club will obviously help and it’s nice to get a cup run, but the money isn’t the most important thing - I’d rather have a run because of football reasons.

“It’s a brilliant competition and a run would be good for the players and the club.

“It’s a competition where you need luck and getting drawn away to Nuneaton is hardly lucky but hopefully if we get through we can get a home tie.”

Town are aiming to reach the first round proper of the FA Cup for only the second time in six years.

While they go into the tie on the back of a confidence-boosting 3-0 win over Welling, Nuneaton’s last outing saw them lose 4-1 at home to Gateshead.

That made it seven games without a win for Kevin Wilkin’s side, who grabbed a dramatic late draw at the Shay when the two clubs met earlier this month.

Borough have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last nine matches, conceding 18 goals.

Only Aldershot and Hyde have conceded more home goals in the Conference Premier.

Striker Louis Moult is the Skrill Premier’s top scorer with 10 goals, but has only scored once in his last six games.

Should the tie end in a draw, the replay would take place at the Shay on October 29 with a 7.45pm kick-off.

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