Sedds’ season starts now

Gareth Seddon has four goals this season and is in line for his first start since Hinckley United away on September 8
Gareth Seddon has four goals this season and is in line for his first start since Hinckley United away on September 8
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Boss Neil Aspin says Gareth Seddon’s season starts tomorrow when Town travel to Conference Premier side Lincoln City in the FA Cup (3pm).

Boss Neil Aspin says Gareth Seddon’s season starts tomorrow when Town travel to Conference Premier side Lincoln City in the FA Cup (3pm).

Seddon has endured a stop-start beginning to life as a Shayman after he signed from Fleetwood Town in the summer.

The frontman impressed in pre-season and began the campaign as first choice striker.

But he missed three games following his dismissal at rivals Bradford Park Avenue back in August and then suffered a groin injury which hampered his performances.

Seddon has not started a game since September 8, but came off the bench to score a late consolation on Saturday as Town went down 2-1 at home to Boston United and will almost certainly be restored to the starting line-up in place of the suspended Dale Johnson tomorrow.

Aspin said: “Gareth’s season has not really started yet.

“I would say he has not played at his maximum so far and there are a variety of reasons for that.”

“But with Dale being suspended he has now got his chance.”

Johnson starts a three-match ban following his dismissal in the previous round away to Chester.

He’ll join midfield enforcer Jason Jarrett, who serves the second of his three game ban, on the sidelines.

“Jason and Dale are both good players,” said Aspin. “I think we missed Jason on Saturday but in a season you’re going to get suspensions and injuries and you’ve got to deal with it.

“We’ve had to cope without Dan Gardner all season but you just have to get on with it.”

Aspin confirmed that Saturday’s trip to the 12th Imp Sincil Bank will come too soon for playmaker Gardner, who has stepped up his training this week.

“Dan is making progress but we’ve got to treat him very carefully. He’s got to make sure he’s comfortable with his knee and we’re not putting any pressure on him.”

Lincoln have been struggled in their league campaign so far this year and currently find themselves in 20th position.

But they showed signs that their form is picking up after winning 4-2 at second place Wrexham last Saturday, which followed up a 0-0 draw at mid-table Mansfield.

“They didn’t have a game mid-week so I wasn’t able to go and see them myself,” said Aspin.

“But we’ve had a look at them and we know we need to respect them and get the best out of our own performance.”