Rainford was not going to be involved against Lions - Aspin

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Town boss Neil Aspin has spoken for the first time about the absence of Jamie Rainford from Tuesday night’s squad that took on West Yorkshire rivals Guiseley at the Shay.

The striker was seen leaving the stadium a little under an hour before kick off amid rumours of a bust up.

And, following his side’s 2-1 defeat, Aspin explained that the frontman, who has been a bit part player since signing on a permanent deal from Chester, had been told that he would not be involved.

“The situation with Jamie Rainford is that he wasn’t in the 16 on Tuesday night,” said Aspin who is expected to next see the player at training tonight.

“I asked him to do something on Saturday which he didn’t do.

“My job as a manager is to do the best for the team and the club.

“He wasn’t in the starting line up or on the subs’ bench.

“At the moment that is all I wish to say on the matter.”

Another player Aspin will be hoping to get news on is defender Scott McManus who missed the Guiseley game as he recovers from injury.

And there is a possibility that the left back, who has been one of Town’s best players over the last few months, could return to action against Histon at the weekend.

“If we’d have risked him on Tuesday he might have put himself out for a while,” said Aspin.

“By not playing against Guiseley he gives himself a chance of playing on Saturday.

“We certainly want him back but we will assess him on Saturday.”

Matt Crooks was forced to leave the action at half time on Tuesday after taking a couple of knocks.

But Aspin is hopeful of having the youngster on loan from Huddersfield available for Saturday’s game.

“It was unfortunate,” said Aspin. “He was really stiffening up and struggling so we had to take him off.

“He is a young lad and I expect he can maybe shake it off and be ready for Saturday.”

Town fans wishing to travel on the official supporters coach to Stalybridge Celtic on Good Friday can book now by calling 07707 143094. The cost will be £12 and transport leaves the Shay at 1pm.

Liverpool have announced plans for a pre-season tour of North America which will include a glamour friendly against Roma in Boston.

The Reds will play the Italian giants on July 25 at Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox, who share owners with the Anfield club.

The match will form part of the ballpark’s 100th anniversary celebrations.

Manager Kenny Dalglish said: “We had a great time playing in front of our supporters in Asia last year and it will be good to give our fans in North America the chance to watch us live this summer.”

The full schedule for the tour will be announced in due course but Liverpool’s main base will be in Boston and they will train at Harvard University.

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Premier Division: Bradshaw Phoenix v FC Royal of Pellon, Engineers v Halifax Hammers, FC Bowling Green v Shoulder FC Northowram, King Cross CB & AC v Bradshaw, Mount Tabor v Elland Sports, The Vine Carrington Rangers.

Division One: Cock & Bottle v Ovenden Amateurs, Halifax Rangers v Lee Mount.