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Back up keeper Phil Senior will play his first competitive game of the season when Town entertain Eastwood Town at the Shay tomorrow (3.0).

Senior comes in for Simon Eastwood, who suffered a knee injury in training this week and has been ruled out by boss Neil Aspin.

The Shay chief is also sweating on the fitness of strikers Danny Holland and Lee Gregory as well as defender Liam Hogan ahead of the Blue Square bet North clash.

And with James Dean suspended following his red card at Guiseley and Terry Dixon having been recalled by Bradford City, Aspin will be holding a roll call of players tomorrow before naming his team.

“Simon Eastwood hurt his knee in training and is going to be out,” said Aspin.

“Liam Hogan came off last Saturday and is struggling while Danny Holland and Lee Gregory sat out training earlier this week.”

Senior’s last competitive game was at Ossett Town on the final day of last season, but Aspin is not worried about throwing him into tomorrow’s clash.

“It is hard at a Football League club to keep your number two keeper match sharp,” said Aspin. “But Phil has been doing this for three years with Halifax and you could not have a more experienced player to call on.”

The rash of injury problems could hardly have come at a worse time for Town given their last two home appearances were a thrashing at the hands of Vauxhall Motors and a narrow win over NCE League Tadcaster Albion.

And Aspin knows that his side have to be better than in their last two Shay outings when they face an Eastwood side currently fourth from bottom.

“It is unfortunate that we have picked up a few injuries, but whoever plays tomorrow we know we have to be better than we have been,” he said.

“The players have to be honest with themselves and we know that a good performance can turn things round.

“But if we play like we did against Vauxhall and Tadcaster we are not going to win games.”

With Aspin’s options looking fairly limited, it could be a chance for Jason St Juste to shine.

He provided the cross for Dean to head the equaliser against Tadcaster last weekend during a 15-minute cameo from the bench and is set to be handed a first start.

Halifax Town (from): Senior, Toulson, Lowe, Hardy, L Hogan, McManus, Haggerty, Garner, Baker, Needham, Foster, Winter, Holland, Gregory, St Juste, Holsgrove, S Hogan.