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Town must not let high-flying Stalybridge Celtic settle when the sides meet at the Shay tomorrow (3.0).

That is the view of boss Neil Aspin whose side will bid for a first home win of the season at the third time of asking.

Celtic, managed by former Morecambe and Forest Green boss Jimmy Harvey, have won all of their opening four matches, scoring 14 goals.

“There have not been many occasions in my time here when we have gone into a game, especially a league game, as second favourites,” said Aspin.

“We need to get among them because if we stand off them they will play. We have to be in their faces.”

Stalybridge have a real advantage over the vast majority of sides in Blue Square bet North as they have a full time squad.

That also means they have to cope with increased expectations with automatic promotion clearly the target.

“They are going very well and have won all their games playing good football,” said Aspin.

“They are a full time team and have the fitness levels that go with that.

“They will be in a position that they feel they have a good chance to go and do something this season.

“It is a big test and I am looking forward to it - it is a chance for us to gauge ourselves against a side that is going to be up there.”

Town go into the game encouraged by their second half display in midweek against Colwyn Bay when they fought back from a goal down to claim a draw.

And Aspin knows that those standards have to be maintained from the start tomorrow.

“The supporters want to see us winning games,” he said. “In the second half on Tuesday night we didn’t get the second goal we deserved.”

Tuesday’s second half display is likely to mean a recall to the starting line up for Anton Foster, whose introduction at the break helped give the Shaymen a foothold in the game.

He, along with fellow midfielders Harry Winter and Tom Baker, enabled Town to dominate Bay for a full 45 minutes.

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