Neil wary of Quinn effect

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TOWN boss Neil Aspin is wary of the Jimmy Quinn factor as his table toppers prepare for tonight’s Evo-Stik Premier Division trip to Nantwich.

The former Northern Ireland international was appointed director of football by the Cheshire outfit last week.

And while it is unlikely to spark a late charge for promotion, Aspin knows that the arrival of a man who has had managerial spells with Reading, Shrewsbury and Bournemouth, could lift the players.

“I don’t think they will go up or down this season unless they go on a really good run,” said Aspin

“But with Jimmy Quinn going there, the players will be hoping to impress for next season.

“They have a nice set up there and I am sure they will want to progress up the league.”

Town travel to Cheshire on a run of five wins in the last six matches.

But Aspin wants an improvement on their efforts last time out when they beat Kendal 3-0 at the Shay with Lee Gregory bagging a couple of goals.

“We need to improve on the performance against Kendal,” he said. “The performance at North Ferriby is the level I would like to see us at. If we can do that it will take a good team to beat us.

“I saw Nantwich play against Bradford Park Avenue and the I think the game summed up their season.

“They had chances and could have won the game and they showed that they are certainly capable of winning games on any given day.”

Having been frustrated by the weather at the weekend, Aspin is keen to get tonight’s game played.

There are just a couple of spare Tuesday’s left between now and the end of the season and the Shay chief is keen to avoid further congestion in the climax to a campaign in which Town will be looking to secure a second successive promotion.

“We need to get games played,” said Aspin. “We have been able to withstand games being called off up to now, but from here it will be really difficult.

“You don’t want to be having to play on Tuesday and Thursday or Monday and Wednesday.

“Nine games in March will take its toll, the good thing is that other teams around us have to do the same.”

Saturday’s postponement did not mean a Saturday with their feet up for the players who reported at the Shay for training.

“The players know that they will not get days off if we can get the facilities to train,” said Aspin.

“They do not particularly like the fitness work but they are a good bunch and they get on with it because they know it’s important.

“If the weather is right they can forget the fitness work, it is all about playing matches and injury prevention.”

FC Halifax Town (from): Hedge, Hardy, Lowe, L Hogan, Bower, Baker, Garner, Marshall, Dean, Gregory, Vardy, Holland, Senior, Milne, Riley, S Hogan, Metcalfe.

TOWN fans wishing to book their places on the official supporters’ coach to Whitby on Saturday can do so now by calling 07707 143094. The cost is £10 and transport will leave the Shay at 10.30am.