Fans have a massive role to play, says Aspin

Neil Aspin applauds the crowd at the end of FC Halifax Town v Kidderminster at The Shay
Neil Aspin applauds the crowd at the end of FC Halifax Town v Kidderminster at The Shay

Neil Aspin has called on the FC Halifax Town fans to roar his side to victory in their play-off semi-final first-leg against Cambridge tomorrow (7.45pm kick-off).

Town could be in line for their biggest home gate of the season, which is currently the 3,586 that watched the 2-0 win over Luton.

A crowd of 2,367 turned up for last season’s home leg in the play-offs against Guiseley.

Aspin wants the Shay faithful to make some noise on the night, and says they have a key role to play during the game.

He said: “I’m really hoping there will be a big crowd and that they can generate a big atmosphere.

“These are the occasiosn we’re all in football for.

“The fans have got a massive role to play. If they give the team their full backing it does give you a lift.

“It gives you that extra yard and makes you a bit sharper and makes you run a bit longer.”

Aspin says a win from the first-leg isn’t a must for his team but wants his side to produce another big performance after a sensational run of form at home that has seen then lose just one home league game all season.

He said: “We drew at home to Guiseley last season and won away in the second-leg, but we just need to make sure we play to our best.

“I’m not putting the team under any pressure and if we don’t win the first game I won’t be down about it.

“They just need to play how they have done at home all season, a similar level to the Luton game, the Alfreton game and others.

“Hopefully they can produce a top performance and get us a result to take to Cambridge.

“But it’s all on the night. Obviously there’ll be a few nerves, there’s a big prize at stake and you’ve got to take all those things into account.”