Shaymen have to give it a real go

FOR most of the season, the mantra from the vast majority football clubs is ‘one game at a time’.

And it is no different at the Shay with Halifax Town - or is it?

Boss Neil Aspin has revealed that he has the team’s run in on a board for the players to see.

And he knows that if they can perform to their potential in each of the matches they will book a place in the promotion play offs.

“I have put all the games on the board so we know what we have to do.

“We’re capable of winning each of the games but, as people who watch us every week, we are capable of losing them.

“If we are all determined and we give it a real go there is no reason we cannot win a good percentage of them which will be enough to get in the play offs.”

Giving it a go is the key to any potential success.

And it will not matter whether they are at home or away - as they are at Bishop’s Stortford this afternoon - Aspin will send his team out to return with a maximum haul.

“We cannot be cautious because we must try to win games,” he said. “We have to go away from home and try to win matches.

“For two years we have turned up expecting to win games but this season has been more difficult.

“We have eight games remaining now and several are against teams around us like Guiseley, Stalybridge and Altrincham.

“We are in a good position.”

It has been a frustrating few weeks for Town and their supporters with the team not picking up the points they were expected to.

That frustration cannot have been helped by the fact that their rivals have also dropped unexpected points, which means that had the Shaymen kept their half of the bargain they would be even better placed.

Aspin, however, prefers to look at the campaign as a whole and has urged his players to be more clinical at both ends of the field. He remains optimistic that things will get better in the final eight games.

“You can look back to the start of the season and when we should have got points but didn’t,” said Aspin.

“It is about what happens in both penalty areas - it always has been.

“And if you give goals away like we have in lots of games this season you are always going to be struggling.

“If you are going to be successful you really need to keep clean sheets in half of your home games and we have kept three clean sheets at home.

“Also, we haven’t scored in a number of recent home games which is probably not something I foresaw.

“That is not to say that in the next four games we won’t get goals and wins.”