Halifax Town boss set to face Railway

Cup chance: Danny Holland
Cup chance: Danny Holland
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BOSS Neil Aspin is certain to make changes to his side for tonight’s West Riding County Cup clash at Evo-Stik One North Harrogate Railway.

But he is determined to avoid a repetition of the club’s last knockout outing when they won 3-0 at Bradford Park Avenue in the Evo-Stik League Cup only to be thrown out of the competition because Scott Hogan was ineligible.

The balance he has to strike is between being competitive and protecting players who will play a vital role in the club’s continuing quest for automatic promotion to Conference North.

“The first thing we do will be to check the competition rules,” said Aspin. “Especially after making a mistake in the League Cup.

“But my priority is what is best for the football club and that is what I will continue to do.

“A couple of players need games and there are others who would benefit from not playing.

“I have still to decide on the final team line up.”

Richard Marshall, James Riley, Andrew Milne, Phil Senior, Scott Hogan and Danny Holland are all likely to feature in the squad this evening having been among the substuitutes in recent weeks.

Aspin is also likely to include himself - 12 months after making his debut at the same ground in the same competition.

And the newest member of the Town management team, Lee Nogan, could also be included after being registered as a player.

Nogan, whose playing career included spells at Watford, Darlington, York City and Reading, has replaced Kevin Gillespie on the bench after the fitness conditioner moved on.

“Kevin did a good job for us and I am grateful for that,” said Aspin.

“I felt that from a football point of view and to give us a better balance bringing Lee Nogan in was a good move.

“He has got his A licence and had been watching opposition teams for us.

“It is beneficial to have him involved.”

Aspin is 45 and Nogan 41 which will raise the average age of the squad considerably.

That is likely to be countered by the inclusion of a number of players from the Calderdale College side.

“We did the same thing against Farsley last season,” said Aspin. “It gives us some bodies, whether we use them or not.”

The winners of this evening’s tie, which will be played until a result is achieved, will be at home to Pontefract Collieries or Guiseley in the semi-finals.

Goole or Askern Villa will entertain either Thackley or Garforth in the other.