Let’s do it at home - boss

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TOWN boss Neil Aspin has vowed that his side will keep their half of the bargain as they look to secure the Evo Stik Premier Division title tomorrow.

Victory over Matlock at the Shay (3.0), coupled with Buxton failing to win at Ossett Town, would finally complete the Shaymen’s bid for back to back automatic promotions.

But as far as Aspin is concerned it is win tomorrow and it’s job done.

“I never presume anything but if we win tomorrow that’s it as far as I am concerned,” said Aspin.

“I have not even given a thought to what might happen at Ossett.

“We have a chance to win it at home and that is all I am looking at - not other results.”

Should both Town and Buxton win, the Shaymen would still require a point from their last six matches to be mathematically certain of the title, and that is assuming Buxton win all of their remaining games.

Town’s goal difference is also 40 better than Buxton’s, effectively worth the point the Shaymen would need.

Aspin is hoping his side will be roared on by a bigger than average crowd as they look to clinch a second successive title.

“I understand the financial implications of going to football these days,” he said. “But Halifax Town fans will not want to miss the chance of seeing their team win the title for the second year in a row.

“Last season when we had 3,000 for the Lancaster game the atmosphere was fantastic, as it was when there were 4,000 for the FC United game this season.

“I would like another big crowd tomorrow - the players deserve it and it will help us get over the line.”

Town will be looking to complete the double over Matlock, having won 2-1 at the Reynolds Stadium in November.

And the visitors will pose a threat to Town as they look to secure their place in the promotion play-offs.

“I have always kept an eye on Matlock,” said Aspin. They had a good February but have not done so well in March.

“Up front they have a player with 40-odd goals so they pose a threat.

“But I can’t focus on Matlock, I have to make sure that we are right.”

Aspin reports no fresh injury problems ahead of tomorrow’s game when Jamie Vardy will be looking to add to tally of eight goals in three games.

He will have to check on Lee Ellington, who sat out Tuesday’s game with a thigh strain, and Scott Phelan, who was an unused sub on his return following hamstring trouble.

Matlock’s Ross Hannah could be back after missing the last two matches with a hamstring injury while they have a host of former Shaymen in their ranks.

Nathan Joynes and Ryan Mallon both started their last game - a 2-2 draw with Whitby - while Gareth Davies and Paul Sykes were on the bench.

FC Halifax Town (from): Hedge, Hardy, Lowe, Bower, L Hogan, Milne, Garner, Baker, Phelan, Vardy, Holland, Gregory, Senior, Woods, S Hogan, Ellington.