Patience the key for Town

Town boss Neil Aspin is expecting Nantwich to play it cagey when they come to the Shay tonight (7.45).

The Evo Stik Premier Division table toppers won 6-0 when the sides met in Cheshire just over a month ago with Lee Gregory bagging a hat-trick.

And despite a change of managers, with ex-Northern Ireland international Jimmy Quinn swapping his director of football role for a return to the dugout, he knows they will want to keep it tight.

“It will be a totally different game to the one at Nantwich,” said Aspin. “Any manager of a side that has been well beaten and conceded a lot of goals wants to keep it tight in the next game.

“There is no way Nantwich will come to the Shay and throw loads of men forward. They will have bodies behind the ball and try to make it difficult.”

Town will be looking for their fifth successive league win tonight as they close in on the Evo Stik title.

They could reach the finishing line as soon as the weekend depending on how Buxton and Worksop fare over the next five days.

But as long as his side claim the three points tonight Aspin will be a happy man.

“After losing at Buxton it was important to respond with a run of wins,” he said.

“But in three of the four games since then, we have scored late goals to win so nothing has come easy.

“At this stage of the season it is not about performances but getting results and we will take a win any way we can get it.”

Aspin has yet to reveal his starting line up for this evening’s game although he did say that Scott Phelan, who has missed the last four with a hamstring problem, might return on the bench.

His major decision is whether to stick with the side that won at Kendal on Saturday, when Steve Woods made his full debut, or revert to the side that had won the previous three and restore Scott Hogan.

“It will not necessarily be the same starting line up tonight,” he said. “We have some options with players from the bench and in terms of positions on the pitch.

“It is different at the Shay compared to an away game when you have to play according to the pitch as well as the opposition.”

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