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FOUR days after thumping Nantwich 6-0 in Cheshire, table-topping Town will take a stronger squad to Whitby.

Scott Phelan is back in the reckoning after serving a three-match ban but will have to dislodge Richard Marshall, who was among the scorers in midweek.

And boss Neil Aspin has thrown Scott Hogan’s name into the ring as well after he made an impressive late cameo on Tuesday night.

“Scott Phelan was doing well before he was sent off and he was unfortunate to be sent off,” said Aspin.

“His absence gave an opportunity to someone else and that was Richard Marshall.

“He has had a very difficult season and I don’t think I will be too popular with him.

“But there is no problem between us because he knows the situation - I try to pick the team that I think is right.

“He has come in and had three games with Scott’s suspension and he has given me a selection poser for tomorrow.

“I would expect him to do that.

“Scott Hogan came in and played on the right of midfield on Tuesday as well.

“The decision will be made for the good of the team.”

Town will travel to the east coast full of confidence after their win at Nantwich.

And they face a Whitby side now playing under Tommy Cassidy, who replaced Harry Dunn in October, that was beaten by the same scoreline at North Ferriby in midweek.

And four days after suffering their worst defeat for 23 years, Aspin is expecting the home side to put up a real fight.

“If football was based on statistics it would be easy,” said Aspin.

“But a team that has lost 6-0 in its last match and 4-0 in the game before that (at FC United of Manchester) will be doing all they can to make it difficult defensively.

“Their manager was at Workington when I was at Harrogate. He played at a high level with Newcastle and knows his stuff and they will be geared up to be a lot better defensively.

“No one likes to lose 6-0 and it will be a lot more difficult than that tomorrow.”

If Town create as many chances as they did at Nantwich, it should not matter how defensive Whitby are.

“The players did everything we asked of them from start to finish,” said Aspin.

“It was a lot better than the performances against Kendal and Worksop and now we need to maintain that.”

While Town are strengthened by the addition of Phelan, Whitby could be without former Shayman Andy Campbell who suffered a broken nose in the second half of Tuesday’s game on Humberside.

Campbell’s fellow striker Ash Davis is rated as 50-50 after missing Tuesday’s game with a groin strain while Dave McTiernan is suspended.

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