Bishops are on the up - Aspin

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Bishop’s Stortford will be far trickier opponents than their lowly league position might suggest.

That is the view of Town boss Neil Aspin as he prepares his side to face the resurgent Hertfordshire outfit at the Shay tomorrow.

The Bishops are 16th in the Blue Square Bet North table but since the appointment of Rod Stringer as manager in place of Ian Bennett they have won their last three away games and have started to pull clear of the bottom three.

“Since the change of manager they have had a change of players and are a totally different side,” said Aspin.

“Three away wins in a row and a 4-1 home win over Guiseley shows that their league position bears no relevance to the way they are playing.

“Our aim is to be consistent and to keep picking up points.”

Town have done that since the start of December when they embarked on their current run of seven wins and a draw.

The only blemish on the record came in midweek when they were held at home by Gainsborough - a match they could have won in the opening half hour.

“If we get on top we have to take our chances, but we didn’t on Tuesday,” said Aspin, who is looking for his side to reproduce the form they showed for much of the first half in midweek.

“I don’t think we defended too badly, apart from for Gainsborough’s two goals, but when we play well we have to kill teams off.”

Defensively the Shaymen have been solid with Scott McManus, Danny Lowe, Liam Hogan and Luke Ashworth having started each of the last five games.

Ashworth made way for Will Hatfield in midweek with Ryan Toulson returning to a more familiar right back role from midfield.

The Shay pitch was heavy and took a lot out of the players which means Aspin is unlikely to make a decision on his starting line up until the players arrive at the ground tomorrow.

“I think it did take a lot out of the players on Tuesday,” he said. “It will be a case of arriving at the ground tomorrow before determining what team we pick.

“We don’t have many midweek games left now so we can focus Saturday to Saturday which I am happy about.”

The major injury concern surrounds leading scorer Lee Gregory who left the pitch after half an hour of Tuesday’s game clutching his back.

Aspin will also be checking on skipper Tom Baker, who has missed the last two games with a calf injury.

Championship high flyers Southampton have joined the growing list of admirers of former Town striker Jamie Vardy with the Shaymen set to receive 30 per cent of any fee Fleetwood receive for the sale of the pacy frontman.

Fulham, Crystal Palace and Glasgow giants Rangers and Celtic are all believed to be interested in the ex-Stocksbridge Park Steels player.

But Fleetwood chairman Andy Pilley has declined to comment on any potential deals although he has said that should anyone buy Vardy they would be have to loan him straight back to the Conference leaders.

“It’s fair to say the phone has been white-hot with enquiries from Premier League and Championship clubs,” said Pilley.

“But no deal is done, and until any deal is done I don’t think it is right to comment on any individual club.”