Blyth Spartans v Halifax Town: Aspin set to keep faith

Town boss Neil Aspin is unlikely to make many changes as his side go in search of their first points of the season at Blyth Spartans tonight (7.45).

The Shaymen slid to a 3-1 defeat in their Blue Square Bet North opener at home to Corby at the weekend.

But the players on show in that game are likely to get a chance to put things right in the north east against a Blyth side that came from two goals down to draw 2-2 at Histon on Saturday.

“When you lose, the temptation is to change,” said Aspin. “But when you have had a number of players who have played for you for a long time they deserve more than one game

“And new players would expect to get more than one opportunity as well.

“But there are also players to come in who want to show what they can do.

“It was six games last season before it settled down and it might be the same this year.

“One thing that Saturday proves is that anyone expecting us to go up and continue winning games easily was shown that will not be the case.”

Aspin knew that, but is still expecting more from his promoted side as they settle into their new surroundings.

“You always expect better when you have lost a game but we knew that results would be more difficult to get than they possibly were in the last two seasons,” he said. “And away from home we know that games will be tough.

“If we get chances like we did in the first half on Saturday we have got to take them and when we are under pressure we have to defend better.

“Like a lot of teams in the league, Blyth have been here a lot of years and a trip to the north east in midweek is always difficult.”

While the vast majority of those at the Shay on Saturday left disappointed, Aspin knows that one good result will mean things starting to look a lot better.

“It is a case of taking it one step at a time,” he said. “Once you get a win you can build on that.

“We need to take the first step and when we do everything will look completely different.”

The manager reports no major injury problems ahead of this evening’s game, which is the first of two in a row on the road with Worcester the destination at the weekend.

Danny Lowe was taken off against Corby after suffering a blow to his ankle while Danny Holland was replaced in a bid to ensure he will be available throughout the hectic opening weeks of the season.

Aspin has confirmed that Jack Dorney has been allowed to leave the club while Scott Hogan has signed forms to play for Mossley when not required at the Shay.

“It was unfortunate for Jack but I felt he needed to play regularly and I could not see him starting with us,” said Aspin.

“Scott has registered to play with Mossley but is still available to play for us when we need him.”

Halifax Town (from): Eastwood, Hardy, Lowe, L Hogan, McManus, Haggerty, Needham, Baker, Vardy, Holland, Dean, Gray, Gregory, Garner, Winter, Toulson, Anderson, Foster, Senior.

Town fans wishing to book their place on the official supporters coach to Worcester on Saturday can do so by calling 07707 143094.

The cost will be £16 and transport leaves the Shay at 10.30.