Flying Town bid to clip visitors’ Wings

Lee Gregory scored a hat-trick for Town against Welling last season
Lee Gregory scored a hat-trick for Town against Welling last season

Neil Aspin is warning his FC Halifax Town side there is no room for complacency ahead of their home clash with Welling tomorrow (3.0).

It’s eight months since the Shaymen last lost at home, a 4-3 defeat to Woking, while a win on Saturday could see them start a season with three consecutive wins for the first time in five years.

But the Town boss is preaching a professional approach after Town flew out of the traps with two wins from their first two games.

Aspin said: “I’m happy to get points on the board, I’ll take any wins we can get.

“It’s going to be a tough season but it’s nice to have made the start we have.

“But we can’t become presumptuous because as soon as you start thinking like that you come a cropper.”

Scott McManus required stitches to a gash on his shin after Tuesday’s win over Southport but is expected to be fit.

Simon Ainge is available after serving a one-game ban in midweek and could return in place of Steve Williams, while Danny Schofield may also start after an impressive second-half on Tuesday.

Like Town, Welling lost last season’s top scorer over the summer when Luton signed striker Ross Lafayette after he rejected a new contract.

There were nine new arrivals at the club over the summer, with the squad’s average age of just 23.8 one of the youngest in the league.

Manager Jamie Day has been in charge since 2009 and guided the club to the Conference South title in 2013.

The Wings drew 1-1 with Telford on the opening day of the season but lost 3-0 at Torquay earlier this week.

Welling finished 16th in the Conference last season and kept just three clean sheets away from home during the previous league campaign

Day’s side won just two of their first eight games before winning eight of their next 11.

But a poor run of only one victory in their 11 matches saw them drop down the table before they recovered again with five wins from nine games.

They ended the season with only two victories from their last 11 games and just two wins from their last 11 away matches to boot.

They were beaten home and away by Halifax, with Lee Gregory scoring a 30-minute hat-trick at the Shay and also getting the winner in Town’s 1-0 victory the return fixture.

But despite those results, Aspin was impressed by Day’s side and is preparing for a stern test.

He added: “We had a good start against them last year, we were 3-0 up at half-time but in the second-half they knocked the ball about well and showed they could play some decent football.

“We had a tough game down there at Welling, but I expect all the games to be tough.

“Just because we’re at home we’re not going to turn up and win games.

“Because we did well last year teams are ready for us and they’re certainly not going to be lambs to the slaughter.

“They’re all difficult games and we have to remember that.”

The two clubs’ only other previous meetings came during Town’s 1997-98 promotion-winning season, with Jamie Paterson earning Halifax a 1-0 home win before Welling thrashed George Mulhall’s men 6-2 on their own patch.

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