Hot-shot Reeves back at the Shay for Altrincham clash

Damian Reeves has scored twice on his last two visits to the Shay
Damian Reeves has scored twice on his last two visits to the Shay
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Neil Aspin is warning his FC Halifax Town side not to take Altrincham lightly at the Shay tomorrow (3.0) after tough back-to-back games on the road.

Town took four points and kept two clean sheets from trips to Braintree and Alfreton and face an Altrincham side who have collected just one point away from home.

But Aspin isn’t expecting an easier ride against the Robins, despite Lee Sinnott’s men winning just three of their first 13 matches.

Aspin said: “Every time we play at home everybody has an expectation we can do well.

“But we’ve got to treat every game the same. Altrincham will be just as hard as Braintree and Alfreton.

“We need to be focused and we need to be ready if we want to get the victory.”

Altrincham striker Damian Reeves has scored twice on his last two games at the Shay and is already on seven goals so far this campaign.

Only Woking’s Scott Rendell has scored more in the Conference Premier and Aspin says his watertight defence need to be on their guard against Reeves.

He said: “He’s an obvious threat. Anybody who has scored the amount of goals he’s scored is an obvious threat.

“He’ll be a test for our centre-halves and they’ve got to be concentrating and be alert.”

Captain Lois Maynard trained before Wednesday’s 3-0 defeat at Guiseley and could be in contention to play after missing the last three games with a hip injury.

Altrincham’s victory in midweek courtesy of James Lawrie’s 90th minute winner was their first in six matches and Aspin believes the visitors will have a spring in their step after that result.

He said: “They got a good win against Macclesfield that will do their confidence the power of good.

“Especially scoring in the last minute, that will give them a lift going into the game.

“It’s a while since we’ve played them but I think they beat us twice in the season we went up, so it’d be nice to put that right.”

Altrincham have conceded more away goals than any other side in the division, while their 1-0 win over Macclesfield on Tuesday was their first clean sheet of the campaign.

Former Town winger Ryan Crowther is among the ranks at Altrincham and has made six appearances for them so far this term.

No team has scored more goals or won more games at home in the Conference than Halifax, who could go top of the table if they win and Barnet lose at home to Eastleigh.

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